Stuttering occurs when a child’s rhythm of speaking is disrupted. The child knows what they want to say but at that moment struggle to do so because a sound becomes repeated, stretched out or completely blocked. Many young children can go through a stage of repeating words and sounds as they learn to talk, particularly as they learn to put words together in short sentences.
Some children can recover from stuttering naturally however, it is important for treatment of stuttering to commence some time within 12 months of the stutter first appearing. Depending on the age of the child and the severity of their stutter, it may be recommended that treatment commence earlier than this.