When should I seek help for my child's stammer?

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Our role at Action for Stammering Children is to provide you with the knowledge and tools to help you make an informed decision about the best course of action for you and your child. The information provided here is not intended as advice and we hope it is useful when thinking about options for accessing support.

If you are worried about your child’s stammer, it is best to seek support sooner rather than later. Early intervention has been shown to be very effective. In the past, professionals tended to adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach, but this is no longer advised.  

Here are some things you might like to think about when considering support options: 

  • Is there a family history of stammering or speech and language difficulties?
  • Is your child aware of their stammer? 
  • Is your child's stammer having a negative impact on them emotionally and/or socially, for example are they becoming frustrated, withdrawn, upset?

As a parent, you know your child best. If you are worried that your child's stammer is persisting, getting worse and/or affecting your child, there is support out there. Take a look at our resources page for parents and caregivers, or contact us to speak with one of the ASC team to find out more about the options available.  

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