Does my child have a stutter?

Updated: Aug 10

Do you have concerns about your toddler or pre-schooler stuttering?

Sometimes, young children can have a period of disfluency (or stuttering) as they learn language. This usually happens in children aged 2-6 years old. Most of the time, the stuttering will last between 3-6 months, and will resolve itself. Sometimes, the stutter can continue into adolescence and adulthood.

While it’s difficult to tell whether a child’s stutter will continue, there are some differences that might indicate whether your child’s disfluencies are typical for language development or not. We broke down the differences for you below:

Typical Disfluency (less likely to develop into a long-term stutter)

  • Using lots of interjections (I ummm want the cookies)

  • Pausing or hesitating (I want the .... cookies)

  • Repeating whole words or phrases (I want, I want, I want the cookies)

  • Limited self-awareness of the stutter

Atypical Disfluency (more likely to result in long-term stuttering)