What is Stammering? 

Stammering is also referred to as stuttering or dysfluency.
Everyone is dysfluent from time to time, repeating parts of words or using fillers such as ‘ums and ‘ers’.

What we know about stammering


How to spot a stammer

You may find that between the ages of 2 – 5 years, your child starts to get stuck on words. It may sound like:

  • Repetitions: The words or parts of words are being repeated – e.g. “C_c_c_can I have juice and_and_and a biscuit?”
  • Prolongations: Part of the word is made longer– e.g. “Caaaaaaaan I have some juice?”
  • Blocking: The word seems to be stuck. There might be some signs of extra tension in the face or neck muscles.

Some children can be highly aware of their stammer and try to hide it by not talking often or by changing the words they use. This can be difficult to spot.


What can I do to help my child?

Advice for preschool children

Advice for primary school age children


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Techniques for children who stammer 

The Lidcombe Program


What nursery and school staff can do to help:

 How to help a student who stammers in school


Find out more by following the links below:

The British Stammering Association

The Michael Palin Centre


When to Refer

If you are at all concerned about your child’s fluency, or others have mentioned that your child may be stammering in other situations, then please refer your child to the Speech and Language Therapy Service.

Once your child has been stammering for more than 12-18 months, it is most likely that they will need some help to reduce it. 


How to Refer

Click here to find out how to refer a child.