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Do dummies cause stuttering in children?
November 26, 2013
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my son has started stuttering he is 3 yr old and been talking for a year now but suddenly hes started stuttering e.g. I, I, I, I want a drink. He still uses a dummy does this have anything to do with it. He is aware that he does it and if he cant get his sentence out he whispers because he knows it doesn't happen when he whispers. We here him talking to himself saying I cant talk properly. Please advise me on what to do.

November 26, 2013
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No is he afraid to make mistakes. I would say take him to a speech therapist. They can be expensive, but most community centers or organizations have them available

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But your son should NOT have a dummy during the day, because they do affect a child's ability to pronounce sounds – if they learn to talk with a lump of rubber in the roof of their mouth, the sounds won't come out properly when their mouth is suddenly a different shape. I've known a couple of kids need speech therapy to get back on track.

It's common and normal for toddlers to stutter. I would just encourage him to think about what he wants to say and to say it a bit more slowly one word at a time. And have a word with your health visitor so she's aware and can keep an eye on it.

My son stuttered as a toddler and then on into school – he had a few speech therapy sessions (which he loved) and basically just grew out of it

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