Prevention of a chronic form of stuttering is possible by following our advice which is detailed in the advice package. Below, we will give some first advice:
- Give the child the necessary attention when he/she wants to say something;
- Focus your attention not so much on how the child says something, but more on what the child is saying;
- Show understanding for your childâ€™s speaking difficulties, when you notice that he/she is aware of it or is troubled by it, but do not give the problem too much attention;
- Reassure the child if you notice that he/she is worried, for example by explaining that the problem is temporary and that it will go away by itself;
- Do not give the child advice pertaining to speaking such as â€˜think before you speakâ€™, â€˜take a deep breath before you startâ€™ or â€˜speak calmlyâ€™. The child will find out quickly that none of this advice helps and will find himself/herself misunderstood and alone with the problem. Since the message is â€˜youâ€™re not doing it rightâ€™, he/she will try even harder (and will have a harder time) to speak well;
- Do not take the child to a therapist/specialist, because the child will become aware of his/her â€˜speechâ€™ or of a problem with his/her speech. Both factors feed the development of stuttering;
- Last but not least: do not worry, because stuttering is in a starting phase and will only be temporary when you use our advice!