It’s amazing to learn that 50-75% of children who exhibit early stuttering will recover without direct intervention. Spontaneous recovery usually occurs within one year of onset. If you have a child who is exhibiting disfluncies, here are the factors that will help you determine if intervention is required:

7 Risk Factors for Persistent Stuttering:

  1. Greater than 60% of child’s speech is dysfluent
  2. Dysfluencies persist longer than 12-18 months after their onset.
  3. Family History of stuttering: Almost 50% of people who stutter have a family history of stuttering
  4. Sensitive temperament or negative reaction to dysfluencies (awareness of stuttering).
  5. Concomitant speech and language difficulties or advanced language skills.
  6. Late onset (after 3 years of age).
  7. Gender: Male

7 Factors Associated with Spontaneous Recovery:

  1. Early onset of dysfluencies (before age 3).
  2. Typical speech and language skills
  3. Decrease in dysfluencies during the 12 month period following onset.
  4. Less than 50% of child’s speech is dysfluent.
  5. Gender: Female
  6. No family history of stuttering, or relatives who have recovered from stuttering.
  7. Outgoing and carefree temperament.

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