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How it can affect you

Problems usually become apparent while your child is still learning to speak, between the ages of 2 and 5.

As a child gets older and becomes more aware of their stammering, they may also change their behaviour in certain ways to hide their speech difficulties.

Stammering may develop gradually, although it often starts suddenly in a child who has previously been talking well.

Typical features

Stammering can involve:

Stammering is also more likely when a young child has a lot to say, is excited, is saying something that's important to them, or wants to ask a question.

Stammering can be worse in situations where a child feels self-conscious about their speech and so they may be trying hard not to stammer.

These situations might include:

Behaviours associated with stammering 

A child who stammers can also develop involuntary movements like eye blinking, quivering lips, grimacing, tapping their fingers or stamping their feet.

They may also:

When to get help

If you have concerns about your child's speech or language development, talk to a GP, health visitor, or a speech and language therapist.

Find out more about getting help with stammering.