Q: “Our son has developed a stutter. Should we be concerned?”

A: Speech hesitation is common, especially in boys between the ages of 2 and 5. In this age group, it is called “developmental dysfluency” and is considered a normal stage of development.

When toddlers “stutter,” it is almost as if they are thinking too fast for their words to catch up. This kind of stuttering usually disappears by the time children begin school, but talk to your child’s healthcare provider if it continues for more than a few months. True stuttering is rare in toddlers.

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