It is very common for children to start to stammer and trip over their words between the ages of 2 and 5. The cause of stammering is not yet fully understood but we know that this is an age where children are rapidly developing lots of different speech and language skills and co-ordinating them all can be difficult for some children.
If you have any concerns with your child's stammer they can be referred to us by following the 'make a referral' link
When your referral has been received you will be invited to a Parent Advice Group. This is a virtual session which aims to provide parents and carers with a deeper understanding of stammering and what they can do to help at home.
For those that require more support, we may offer bespoke therapy sessions which focus on making changes to the child's environment and adult's interaction style which can have a positive impact on the child's difficulties.
To learn more about stammering in young children please see the website and videos below.
There is an excellent support group on Facebook for parents of children who stammer which you can ask to join if you think it might be helpful:
Here’s a link to support from the charity Stamma, including parent groups:
Please follow this link to the Michael Palin Centre which gives lots of information about stammering including top tips for communicating with a young child with a stammer:
Here are some websites which have activities and resources to help children to regulate their emotions and build their confidence.
This video is a great one to watch together with children:
Sam’s poem, I have a stammer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aWSkk0UTH0
Why do some children stammer?
This is a lovely video of a therapist explaining about how to keep things balanced to maximise smooth speech. why do some children stammer - YouTube
Understanding stammering in more detail
This is a great video to help you identify factors which may be contributing to or maintaining your child’s stammer. Understanding Stammering in More Detail - YouTube
The Communication Chain
Steph Burgess specialist speech and language therapist provides a good insight into how your child’s language development may relate to stammering. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YsI2VXSwX8&t=19s