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Stuttering at the age of two is not defined as stuttering as in adults. It is a difficulty in speaking that occurs in children from one and a half to five years old and is related to their practice in acquiring language and speaking skills. Stuttering at the age of two should not be perceived as a chronic problem, but this phenomenon definitely worries parents and they turn to a speech therapist for clarification.
According to the data of Ambi Association - the organization of stutterers in Israel, about 20% of children up to the age of five suffer from speech difficulties. In 75% of cases the problem will go away, and if it does not go away by the time the baby teeth are replaced, then it is a chronic problem that needs treatment.
Speech difficulties in children that will pass as mentioned, experts claim Christians following a motor difficulty in a child, who perceives complex sentences but cannot express them.
What is important is to treat any problem of speech difficulty, even if it is temporary, in a professional way because neglecting the treatment can make the problem more serious and chronic.

When to contact a speech therapist!

In the case of stuttering at the age of two, when the child suffers from a lack of fluency of speech with high frequency, it must be verified that the problem continues even after the age of three (in most cases it goes away on its own) and if the problem continues, he must be taken to a speech therapist who has undergone special certification in the Lidcombe method.
The treatment is designed to prevent the child suffering from stuttering from reaching a situation where repetition of syllables, a sudden stop in the middle of a word or sentence can be seen. Effort of eyes, face, hands or feet in an effort to speak fluently. Insecurity, embarrassment or shame in the child up to his avoidance of speaking or making contact may introduce him to a vicious cycle of attempt, failure, avoidance and God forbid.

Stuttering or difficulty speaking in children can be due to all kinds of reasons. First, of course, there are motor reasons, related to the development of the muscles of the mouth and jaw. Function of the organs of speech, breathing and diaphragm and more.
Some children will stutter in certain situations and not in others. Some are aware of this, some are not. Those who are aware and sensitive to the matter will react with a variety of "ridiculous" efforts to continue speaking, such as blinking, grimacing, and their sensitivity will increase and may even worsen the speech problem.
One of the things that may make it easier for the children is the attitude of the parents and educators. It is very important that the parents do not show pressure or anxiety about the child's stuttering speech, do not warn him about it and spare him the shame and feelings of guilt.
The right thing to do is to take the child to a speech therapist and consult with him about stuttering treatment, whether it is stuttering at the age of two or at any other age.
Many speech therapists agree that even in the case of a child who suffers from a transient stutter, the rigid and uncompromising attitude of the parents may put the child in a state of stress and anxiety that worsens her speech problem, which may also turn it from a temporary problem into a chronic problem.

So how do you overcome stuttering?

In order to overcome stuttering, we must go through a rehabilitation process for the speech system which will teach us again how to control the system and how not to let stuttering dictate the way we produce speech, what I say and our life in general.
You can hear more about the subject in the fascinating lecture we give as part of the compatibility test.


Trauma or an accident can have an effect in worsening stuttering or speech difficulty but it is important to understand that it is not the cause of this. This is a mental condition that manifests itself in the worsening of physiological problems and, among other things, in the worsening of lack of fluency in speech, in the exaggeration of anxiety or lack of confidence, and these are manifested in stuttering in speech, repetition of words, inability to pronounce words.
In such cases it is important not to add to the stress and anxiety and to try to give the child tools to speak fluently and more confidently and in some cases emotional therapy should be accessed if the emotional problem is severe and is not resolved when the child gains confidence in speaking.

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