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:
- Greater than 60% of child’s speech is dysfluent
- Dysfluencies persist longer than 12-18 months after their onset.
- Family History of stuttering: Almost 50% of people who stutter have a family history of stuttering
- Sensitive temperament or negative reaction to dysfluencies (awareness of stuttering).
- Concomitant speech and language difficulties or advanced language skills.
- Late onset (after 3 years of age).
- Gender: Male
7 Factors Associated with Spontaneous Recovery:
- Early onset of dysfluencies (before age 3).
- Typical speech and language skills
- Decrease in dysfluencies during the 12 month period following onset.
- Less than 50% of child’s speech is dysfluent.
- Gender: Female
- No family history of stuttering, or relatives who have recovered from stuttering.
- Outgoing and carefree temperament.
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