Signs of Stuttering (Disfluency) in a Child

  • Repeats first sounds of words—“b-b-b-ball” for “ball”
  • Speech breaks while trying to say a word—“—–boy” for “boy”
  • Stretches sounds out—“ffffff-farm” for “farm”
  • Shows frustration when trying to get words out

What Parents Can Do

  • Give your child time to talk
  • Do not interrupt, stop, or tell your child to slow down while they are speaking
  • See a certified speech-language pathologist if you are concerned

Know the Signs of Speech and Language Disorders in Children

Signs of common speech and language disorders in adults and children between birth to 4 years of age, an important stage in early detection of communication disorders.

Signs of a Language Disorder
Signs of a Speech Sound Disorder
Signs of Stuttering (Disfluency)
Signs of a Voice Disorder
Signs of Hearing Loss

Information taken from Identify the Signs – a campaign by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)