Children and stuttering

Alternative names 
Stuttering and children

Stuttering is a disorder that involves hesitation, repitition, or stumbling while speaking.


Some young children stutter in response to stress, fatigue, or excitement. Stuttering can also be triggered if a child feels rushed, self-conscious, or pressured. Whatever the trigger, most children outgrow the problem.

Listen patiently to your child, make eye contact, don’t interrupt, ignore the stuttering, and show love and acceptance. If the stuttering continues longer than 6 months, the “blocked” speech lasts several seconds, or if the child shows obvious facial tension when stuttering, seek professional help.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 7, 2012
by Mamikon Bozoyan, M.D.

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