Our at-home program coordinator, Katie, has just finished a special needs and Montessori course and she's put together some resources for parents.
I've broken down the info into seperate emails to avoid sending a novel but look out for posts in the coming weeks about:
Speech & language development
Emotional & behavioural development
Gross motor development
While teachers can never diagnose, they can provide a lot of insight into your child's daily life. This information can then be brought to professionals to give them a more complete picture of any challenges your child is having.
Don't be afraid to bring up concerns with your child's teacher or caregiver. If they've been working with children for awhile, they'll have a good understanding of when intervention could be helpful.
On to today's topic - stuttering.
We thought it would be interesting to talk about stuttering because it's so common in language development.
Stuttering - What's Normal?
First, it's important to note that stuttering is completely normal during early language development, specifically when children start to form sentences.
During this period, children are absorbing a lot new vocabulary, as well as the rules of language (i.e. grammar), which they also have to organize in their heads.
When children are first learning to speak in sentences they have to:
Think about what they want to say > Find the words to say it > String all the words together in the correct order
It's really quite a lot of work when you think about it.
When To Seek Out A Professional Opinion
Katie has taught a few children over the years who needed speech therapy for stuttering but has seen most children grow out of it.
The table below gives you a better idea of when we would recommend some extra support.