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The child stuttering it shows when the child talks to abreak in rhythm or fluency of speech. These alterations in speech, with a frequency greater than what is considered normal in relation to the age and development of the child, are typical of childhood stuttering and can be: repetitions of sounds, syllables or words, unusually long sounds, Frequent interjections (ehh, umh, etc.), repetitions of monosyllables, substitution of problem words, pauses within a word, pauses or blocks in speech and words with excessive physical tension.
Ana Carballal, psychopedadoga and specialist in Early Care, explains in this interview granted to GuiaInfantil.com, what are the treatments and the role that parents play in the correction of childhood stuttering.
What is child stuttering?
It is a disorder of verbal fluency. In addition, they are children who present tension when speaking and they have very significant behaviors, they can present anxiety before communication, many have tics and when speaking they use many fillers, use synonyms or make incomplete sentences.
What are the causes of childhood stuttering?
More than causes, we can talk about factors that may be related to stuttering. One of them is heredity, since there may be a genetic or family component, that is, if there is someone in the family with stuttering, the child is more likely to develop this disorder. Stuttering is also related to an emotional problem in children that predisposes them to self esteem issues or living under too rigid educational guidelines. These conditioning factors can develop anxiety when communicating, leading to stuttering.
At what age does childhood stuttering usually appear?
It can appear in early childhood or at different times of growth and can continue into adulthood. There is no specific time for the appearance of stuttering, it varies in each child or adult. When it appears around the age of three, for example, in most cases it usually disappears before the age of 7. We talk about stammering, always depending on the case and the child, from 6 years of age.
What tips should parents of children with stuttering keep in mind?
In the case of stuttering, parents should listen to what the speech therapist or the Hearing and Language teacher for each case, because each child has their needs and their way of growing and developing. Parents should avoid negative attitudes, both those of the child and those of others. In children, we must try to avoid that feeling of low self-esteem, which often causes stuttering. We also have to avoid being overprotective because if we overprotect them we are not giving them the opportunity to speak and we reduce the possibilities that they are autonomous.
What is the treatment of stuttering on a professional level?
The treatment of stuttering will depend on each case because each child is different, they develop in different ways, they live in different environments, the support of the parents is also different, and therefore the treatment must be specific. In general, all treatments will be aimed at training the verbal fluency, to work on the anxiety behaviors that are affecting them, to encourage the child to speak spontaneously and to generalize all these behaviors in all the environments in which they are.
What techniques are used in the treatment of childhood stuttering?
Among the usual techniques we can speak of immediate imitation, which consists of children reproducing a model just when this model is acting. The feed back Corrective is another technique that aims to return children to an adequate language model, according to what they are counting, that is, they say a word incorrectly and we do not tell them this, it is not said that way, but we simply return the word to them. word that he has said in the right way. Relaxation and training are also very important. social skills as assertiveness because this is what will allow the child to know how to handle stressful situations, which are situations in which they have to talk.
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