Reasons why someone stammers:
There are many reasons why someone stammers, stutters or is dysfluent. The situation may arise when the environment is noisy, busy, frightening, exciting, tiring, competitive, there may be interruptions and lots of talking, as well when the child is just learning the language and they have so much to say.
What sort of speaking situations can lead to more dysfluency?
- Speaking to adults who talk very quickly.
- Speaking while having to look high up to see the listener’s face.
- Speaking when you think you will be interrupted.
- Speaking to someone who is not really listening.
- Speaking when you fear the consequences of what you say.
- Speaking when you do not want to or when you have nothing to say.
- Speaking when very tired, upset, or feeling unwell.
- Speaking in a rush when you have a lot to say or a complex idea to express.
It can be difficult to offer support to others when we are anxious ourselves!
However, if a child stammers, trying to take the child’s view changes our focus and makes helping possible. Then we can do those things that make the child feel loved and wanted as well as all the little things that help in particular situations, for example:
- Listening attentively
- Responding kindly and uncritically.
- Offering physical support when needed
- Helping the child to feel safe.
- Being encouraging.
- Helping others understand our child.
We hope this post is a big help for you. Let us know in the comments section below how it has helped you or your child. Or if you have any questions or comments.