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Old 04-03-2009, 06:51 AM   #1
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My daughter, Penelope was a very early talker and we have been very proud (beaming ) of how motivated to communicate she is! She has a huge vocabulary and can speak in many 3-5 word phrases. As of about 5 days ago, I started noticing her pausing before saying the word "pants" when we were getting dressed. I shrugged the first time off, but ever since then, she has been consistently actually stuttering the "p-p-p-pants". After a day or two, I noticed her stuttering most words beginning with P or B. I brought it up to mu DH, who, of course hadn't noticed. Then she did it right in front of him as an example. He said maybe it's just part of development. It never happened to my older daughter, though. I've actually never heard a baby stutter! Could it be a hearing problem? It's making me feel a little sad. What if it keeps getting worse? Every day now, it seems she is stuttering more and more random words. It makes my heart just SINK when she pauses and tries to get out the sound of words she's been saying for 12 months! Is this a case where early intervention could prevent her from being a stutterer as an older child and adult? Am I getting ahead of myself? Any one else had a similar experience?

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one of my day care kids did this for about a month, then it went away
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Old 04-03-2009, 07:27 AM   #3
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It is normal for kids to stutter. The only time to worry and bring it up to a dr is if they are over 8 years old or do it longer than 6 months. She is perfectly fine and I am sure it will pass.
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:24 AM   #4
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My older dd did the same thing at pretty much the same age. It lasted a couple of months I guess and she just went back to the way she was. Never really did figure it out, but we made sure not to draw attention to it. Toddlers love attention at that age and they'll keep up with whatever behavior gets that attention. So, for now...don't worry and don't pay any attention to it. She's still very little. Stuttering is more of a concern when it's school time.
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:03 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I'm typically not a worrier, but for some reason hearing her struggle to get out words broke my heart a little. I'm not a run to the doctor type AT ALL. It's so much better to have a big bunch of mommies to ask! Thanks for reassuring me!
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Re: She's stuttering at 20 months! I'm nervous...

Yep, same thing happened here. My DD talked fine with no studdering then it started all of a sudden. She is only 2 though, so I imagine it'll go away. Sometimes I think her brain just can't keep up with her mouth.
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Oh, yeah, my son was an early talker and stuttered. Perfectly normal. Our speech pathologist friend said its that the brain is going faster than the mouth. Don't be surprised if it goes away and comes back every so often.
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Re: She's stuttering at 20 months! I'm nervous...

totally normal. its a brain moving faster than their mouth can keep up issue, according to my pedi.
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Old 04-04-2009, 03:13 AM   #9
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Re: She's stuttering at 20 months! I'm nervous...

I read about this in a book called "How Babies Talk." They covered pretty much the exact same scenario.

It's normal. And it's not even a true stutter. Her little noggin is probably just working faster than her mouth.
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