Shou has recently started stuttering. It may have been present before but I have really only noticed it in the last couple of weeks. It is noticebly worse when he is tired or excited or when the house is all go. I wasn't particularly worried as I had heard that suttering in small children is not uncommon and it usually rights it self if you don't pay too much attention to it.
There have been some occassions however when it is very bad and he can get no sounds out - eventhough his mouth is moving and he is trying. It is upsetting - both for him and us. Maki was very upset the first time he saw it and tried to talk to Shou about it. This was only yesterday and I have looked up some information from pediatrics.com ...
"Stuttering is also more likely to occur in children who are under a lot of stress, for example, after starting a new day care, moving, birth of a new sibling, etc., and it is more common in boys.
Stuttering is usually not a concern, as long as it doesn't persist for more than five or six months or at least gradually improve during that time period. Until it does go away by itself, some steps you can take to help your child, include:
1. Not correcting or interrupting him when his is talking, and ask others to not correct him either.
2. Not asking him to repeat himself or tell him to slow down.
3. Don't make him practice saying certain words or sounds.
4. Be sure to talk to your child slowly and clearly and give him the time he needs to finish what he is trying to say.
5. Talk to your child a lot by discussing his day, narrating out loud the things you are doing and reading books.
6. Try to minimize stress or situations that make the stuttering worse.
If the stuttering is ignored, it will usually resolve without any intervention."
We had a good day today - well post kindy anyway. I spoke to his teacher and we have agreed on how we will deal with it - or not so to speak. The one thing I am worried about is the bigger kids saying things to him and him getting embarrassed about it. A lot of the time he is in the little kids class and I doubt they would even notice - what with none of them being able to talk much anyway. He does get play time with the kids closer to his age though.
Anyway, lets hope it doesn't last too long - or long enough for him to want to stop talking so much. As much as I go on about him yabbering from morning to night I wouldn't want him to become self concious about a stutter and stop talking!
Ryu went down to sleep at seven - almost as if he knew - so I got to spend more time than usual reading to Shou and talking to him about his day - and putting him to sleep.
Ryu and I had quite a big nap this morning and I think I have caught up on some of the much needed catch up sleep. I got a few jobs done - and think tomorrow I am going to buy some stuff to DIY a mini wooden kitchen for the bottom of the playhouse. Marina is in to going up to the second level, jumping around and hanging out the window. Figure she might spend more time on the ground if there is something to play with. They were out there at half six this morning - which was still early but not as bad as I was expecting. Fifteen minutes after kindy and then enticed inside by dinner and grape juice.
Mummy wouldn't mind some mummy grape juice but we're being good for a while.
Any advice on helping the stuttering would be muchly appreciated.