What factors will affect your child's fluency?
Children do vary and their stammer will be differently affected by the situation. However these are some of the common factors that may contribute to your child's stammering.
- If he is tired, poorly, worried, frightened or even excited for a happy reason such as a birthday.
- A place that he does not know very well, if at all, and is expected to talk to strangers, such as in a shop or at the doctor's surgery. In these circumstances he is particularly likely to stammer when he tries to give information such as saying his name.
- The room seems noisy and rushed and many people are talking at once and he is expected to join in.
- The adults and other children are talking quickly and turn to him for a reply.
- He is talking to an adult who is obviously distracted and is looking away, for example when the parent is driving.
- He is trying to explain something very complicated and is struggling with new or unfamiliar words.
- He has been put on the spot to answer a question or tell a story about an event and is very aware that other children and adults are listening.
- He is trying to describe an event that has upset him, or he needs to explain that he wants to do something urgently, such as go to the toilet.
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