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NAN: Stuttering

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Stuttering affects a child’s natural flow of speech. According to the National Institutes of Health, stuttering is most common in young children who are learning to speak.  Children who stutter may repeat words or parts of them, have trouble starting to say a word, make certain words longer than they should be or get tense when they try to speak. 

Stuttering may be caused by genetics, other speech or language problems or differences in how the brain processes language. Most children stop stuttering on their own by age five.  Nannies should not draw attention to a stutter or tease a child because he is stuttering. By providing a relaxed environment, modeling slow and relaxed speech and listening attentively when the child talks nannies can help to support the production of fluent speech. 

If a child has been stuttering for 3 to 6 months, has struggle behaviors when stuttering like head jerks, changes in pitch or eye blinks or if there is a family history of stuttering or communication disorders, the child should be evaluated by a healthcare professional. 

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Stuttering