Regardless of whether your child is identified as a stutterer, use the tips below to help reduce the frequency of his/her hesitations and repetitions. Keep in mind that hesitations and repetitions are often a normal part of speech and language development.

  1. Speak with your child in a relaxed, unhurried way with frequent pauses. Wait a few seconds after your child finishes his turn before you begin to speak. When you respond naturally to what he/she is saying, you are indirectly telling him that everything is ok.
  2. Telling your child to “slow down” or “say it again” may not be helpful and will draw too much attention to your child’s speech.
  3. When your child is talking, look at your him/her, pay attention to what he/she is saying and try and focus less on how he/she is speaking.
  4. While asking questions is a natural part of communication, asking too many questions, especially one after another, can be challenging. Comments are helpful.
  5. Create calm times where you give your child your undivided attention. A few minutes a day can be helpful.
  6. Follow your child’s lead when playing together and build confidence by commenting on many of his/her areas of strength. For example: “I really like the way you are my helper when tidying toys.” 

Contact a speech-language pathologist if you are concerned about your child’s speech.