Stammering, also sometimes referred to as stuttering, is a relatively common speech problem in childhood, which can persist into adulthood.
What is stammering?
Stammering is when:
- you repeat sounds or syllables – for example, saying “mu-mu-mu-mummy”
- you make sounds longer – for example, “mmmmmmummy”
- a word gets stuck or does not come out at all
Stammering varies in severity from person to person, and from situation to situation. Someone might have periods of stammering followed by times when they speak relatively fluently.
When to get help
You should get advice if you have any concerns about your child’s speech or language development.
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