A child can get ‘stuck’ on certain sounds or words, and may repeat them while speaking, leading to dysfluent speech. Fluency disorders are speech disorders, stuttering being the most prevalent. Fluent speech is smooth, easy and flowing. Dysfluent or stuttered speech is effortful and halting and is defined according to a specified criteria. Stuttering is associated with various types of abnormal motor behaviors such as muscular tension, breathing abnormalities, negative emotions and avoidance behaviors. We can teach strategies and techniques to help children improve their fluency and have the confidence to speak in front of others.
Children who stutter may exhibit the following difficulties: