Question- calling all mothers!!!!!

  1. I have a question for all of you nurses and mothers out there.
    I wasn't sure what area to post this question in, so I just decided to post it in the general forum.

    I have a beautiful 2 1/2 year old son whom I am concerned about. He began talking at a very early age, and quickly developed a very expanded vocabulary. Then, about 3 months ago, he started stuttering. Not bad, just some. Usually the first word/ syllable in a sentence. Then he started to get a little bit better (Ex. :instead of saying P-P-P-P-Please, he started saying
    Pleeeeeeease) Now, he has begun stuttering badly again. So much so that he sometimes repeats the first word about 15 times and even a few other words or sounds midway through his sentences. He sometimes gets so tired trying to say something that he just stops speaking. This is breaking my heart!!!!
    Is this normal behavior? Have any of you experienced this with your own children? If so, what should I do to help him and should I consult his doctor with this or wait awhile? How do I know if this is serious or not?

    Thanks for your help- I'm sorry the post was so lengthy.

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  3. by   hoolahan
    I think you are right to be concerned, and no it is not normal. Please take hi for an eval w the doc right away, he may need a neurology consult to be sure there is no pressure on the area of the brain responsible for speech, but see or call your primary doc first. Don't want to scare you, but I wouldn't wait on this. Maybe all he would need is some speech therapy, but the fact that he's tiring out just trying to finish his thought is what I thought was unusual.

  4. by   hoolahan
    I should add why I am concerned, it sounds almost like an expressive aphasia, like the way stroke pt's get so frustrated in trying to get the right word.
  5. by   ayemmeff
    Hoolahan,sorry but are you trying to scare this poor mom to death?
    I agree that he needs to see the family doctor,but I think this is more likely to be a problem of his brain trying to go a bit faster than his mouth,he's in such a hurry to get all his new ideas out and communicate them to you!
    My son was EXACTLY like this 6 months ago(he turned 3 in October)It was more of a problem if he was tired or if he was really excited to tell us something.It gradually stopped of its own accord.
    It is heartbreaking to watch and a worry for you,just try to be patient and let him tell you things in his own time.
    Get him checked out and in the meantime TRY not to worry too much-not easy I know-it's what we moms do best.
    Let us know what happens,ok?

    Feel free to pm me,we can be worryworts together!
  6. by   Furball
    ditto on getting an eval.

    My son stuttered terribly ( I do feel your pain) at the same age and it ended at around the age of 5. He elongated sounds and stammered (puleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze, b-b-b-b-b-b-b-bbiiiiike) Today he is 10 and sometimes stutters a bit when tired or excited, but not bad at all.

    It's son had a huge vocabulary as a baby as well. He spoke complete, clear sentences at age 18 months. Maybe some circuits just need some time to mature to catch up with another part of his brain? I know....huge leap.

    Good luck with your son. Let us know what happens, ok?
  7. by   memphispanda
    I would contact the doctor and express your concerns. At his young age, it could be a phase. However, my own son went through a phase like that at a bit older age, and for him it was a problem. He would repeat entire phrases many times and finally just give up on trying to communicate his thought. I am sure my son is a different case from yours--mine has Asperger's Syndrome, and this was just one of the many ways it has manifested over the last 6 years.

  8. by   Audreyfay
    Have you ever heard a child who adds "A" at the end of words? My sister's two daughters do it...i.e. "STOP-A" or "SHOPPING-A". Sometimes I think they are just trying to enunciate better, but the "A" becomes very obvious! Weird,huh?
  9. by   jacolaur
    Get an eval just to put your mind at ease at least. I must say my first thought was he is just still incredibably young and trying to find the correct words, as well as, his mind racing faster than his ability to form the words. It'll probably all catch up and even out with age. But still just have him checked, they may have some good suggestions as to how to help him through this phase.
  10. by   Lausana
    Originally posted by Audreyfay
    Have you ever heard a child who adds "A" at the end of words? My sister's two daughters do it...i.e. "STOP-A" or "SHOPPING-A". Sometimes I think they are just trying to enunciate better, but the "A" becomes very obvious! Weird,huh?
    yep, my son does this sometimes, "I broka the crayon" etc we call it his Sopranos speak
  11. by   KP RN
    My oldest son was a stutterer. Our pediatrician wasn't concerned in the least either.
    I used to worry a lot, but did some research and discovered this is very common, particularly in boys.
    My son outgrew it eventually. But it did last from age 3 yo to about 5 yo.
    Don't draw attention to his stuttering. Be silent and patient, don't finish his sentence or try to guess what he's saying.
    I know how difficult this must be.
    John Stossel from 20/20 had a horrible time with stuttering as a child. Look how articulate he is now!
    Now, my oldest boy is 13. He has a 4.0 grade average, and
    enjoys playing chess!!
    Hang in there!!
  12. by   hoolahan
    OK, I admit it, I have never known anyone at all who stuttereed. Sorry for causing the alarms!!! I have been around lots and lots of little ones too when my kids were growing up and nevrer had any exposure.

    Sorry! :kiss
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I hate to disagree w/anyone here but I would NOT freak out or begin to believe this is ABNORMAL. MANY BRILLIANT and GIFTED people started out in life stuttering. Oftentimes, it is just a matter of a child's brain processing information much faster than the mouth can work on the words. And it is something you can work with. If there is an organic reason (e.g. aphasia), your pediatrician can address it at that time. Meantime, Ask your ped about seeing a speech therapist or expert......this CAN be overcome. My son's cousin is a GIFTED genius in school who stuttered his way thru preschool, kindergarten and 1st grades. He is now a senior well on the way to valedictorian and NO--- he won't stutter his way thru his valedictory speech. What follows is a link to a site listing famous "stutterers" that may surprise and relieve you!

    you will be amazed how many people have dealt successfully with this problem and went on to succeed! I wish you well; calm down!
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jan 13, '03
  14. by   rncountry
    My oldest child is very bright, he spoke full complete sentences by 18 months. About age 3 he had times he would stutter, it was frustrating for him, but usually if I told him to slow down a bit it would help. I agree it was a process of his brain being able to go faster than his mouth. Though eventually he overcame that issue and there were times I thought he talked so much he must be breathing out of his ears! The stuttering phase lasted until he was about 5. I would say though, that if you are very concerned it is worth getting it checked out, if nothing else to put your mind at ease.