Stuttering can be a serious disorder, affecting a person’s ability to communicate and socialize with others.

Stuttering can have a significant impact on an individual’s success in life. It can affect school, job opportunities, and relationships. Stuttering can be very isolating.

Early identification and intervention for a young child exhibiting warning signs of stuttering is critical. When stuttering is detected early and supportive steps are taken, the results can be dramatic.

It is often difficult to distinguish between normal nonfluencies and true stuttering. Parents and professionals working with young children need to know the “warning signs” of a child at risk for stuttering.

A child who is beginning to show warning signs for developing early childhood stuttering often displays differences in the frequency or the amount, and the types of disfluent speech.

It is important to remember that most children will outgrow this period of development but some children do not.