There are certain signs that indicate that a childhood stuttering when a child is not only experiencing speech disruptions that are normal for his age, but also begins to stutter. Thus, stuttering is more than an interruption in the fluency of words where it encompasses the impediments and emotional reactions produced by stuttering problems. Some attention should be paid to the signs of child stuttering, to detect if the child may have certain language problems.
1. Multiple Repetitions:
When children learn to speak they tend to repeat words and phrases, therefore it will be nothing strange for the child to repeat the word several times. But it must be clear that when the child repeats the first syllable frequently, he may have diction problems; It may be a passing phase effect of language learning but that is one of the first signs to take into account to know if the child stutters.
2. Weak Vowels:
It is a weak sound where syllables have no tonic accent. The child usually when he starts stuttering uses weak vowels to delay speech fluid. For example, it is normal for the child to collect the syllables ca-ca-ca-sa but if he starts saying cc-house it is a sign that he starts stuttering, especially if he cuts the sound between the syllables.
Instead of repeating the initial sounds, the child sometimes prolongs the first sound of the words, for example ppppapá. This signal is not very dangerous, but if it occurs consistently and in different situations, it is likely that it will not take long to follow the other signals.
When the child is blocked in some word, it is possible to observe the vibration of the muscles of the jaw and mouth. That little tremor can be small or large and could be experienced by talking continuously or freely, or sometimes it can happen staying with a still mouth without emitting any sound.
5. Increase the Emphasis and Tone:
When the child is struggling to say a word, the emphasis and tone of the sound in which he tries to pronounce increases. Those climbs can rise towards the end, being gradual or sudden.
6. Conflict and Tension:
There are times when the child finds it difficult to pronounce certain words by placing too much tension on the lips, throat and tongue. However, it can be dangerous to always occur in the same word becoming a persistent problem of diction.
7. Moment of Anguish:
You may notice a moment of anguish when the child approaches that difficult word, when that happens is because he is afraid.
“In case you start crying or express any other reaction in specific situations, it is preferable to talk to him because it may be a passing emotion”.
Anguish over the difficulty of speaking, will cause the child to have evasions by certain words. It is so that sometimes he will make an excessive amount of pause when speaking, because he is looking to substitute some words for others using strange sounds before pronouncing the indicated word.