International Stammering Awareness Day

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Today is International Stammering Awareness day.

A stammer is a speech disorder characterised by disruptions which interrupt the smooth flow of speech. These may take the form of repetitions of sounds, syllables or words – like saying da-da-daddy.

If you are talking to someone who is stammering, please be patient and let them finish what they want to say. Keep a normal amount of eye contact and avoid telling them to ‘slow down’.

Young children often have dysfluent talking when they are developing language. Focus on what the child is saying to you, not how they are saying it and avoid finishing their sentences.

Some children will grow out of a stammer without support, but some children will need some additional help, therefore it is always recommended to seek advice if your child has a stammer as early intervention is key. If you are concerned about your child stammering, contact your local Speech and Language Therapy Service.

For further information about Stammering visit www.stamma.org or contact us to discuss your concerns.


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