Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Stuttering and showing off

Baby Plum has started stuttering recently. He doesn't do it everyday. But when he does stutter, he does it a lot.
Here, he's modeling a taped thumb and two taped hands. This worked to curb the thumbsucking for most of the day, until I took them off for lunch. We lost one of the gloves. Oh well.
His speech therapist didn't hear the stuttering at first, but he did it last week, and she was very surprised by how much trouble he had. She told me that while she knew it was difficult to listen to him, she told me not to help him. Especially since it doesn't bother him.
His teachers haven't even noticed it. I think it's because he doesn't really talk all that much at school. He speaks when spoken to, but he doesn't chatter. He's one-on-one with his speech therapist, and mostly with us at home. He talks all the time with his speech teacher, whom he loves. And he loves to narrate our day for me around the house.
It's fun hearing about the things he notices, and the things he wants. What does he want? To go out to eat... all of the time. This morning, on the way to speech, "I want to go to McDonald's!" After speech, "I want to go to Chuck E. Cheese." We go to speech in the morning, about an hour after breakfast.

We always go to the allergist after speech. I get my weekly shots. It takes about 45 minutes. They have a small selection of books, and some old legos. Today, they had a little Melissa and Doug puzzle. It had pictures with corresponding letters. He wanted to play with it. I would help him figure out what the picture was, and try to find the matching letter. He's really good with putting puzzle pieces together.

He would call them out, and put them together. Another lady in the waiting room couldn't believe how well he was doing. She kept bragging about how smart he was, and he kept on calling out the pictures and letters. He's normally not one to call attention to himself in public. It was sweet. 


Blogger Ann Wyse said...

That's really funny about going out to eat. And he looks so happy in all the photos!

It seems like kids eventually outgrow the stuttering. Fritz stuttered as a child quite a lot, Noah did it a bit, and Mattias does it occasionally now, too. Seems to happen when they are really excited or worked up about something. I just patiently wait for them to finish what they were saying. Like Baby Plum, they don't seem bothered by it.

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when Svara was younger she went through several bouts of stuttering. I read that it happened when they were advancing to another stage in speaking/language, often because their brains went faster than they could make their mouths go. It usually passed within a month or so, and then would come back when she advanced to another stage.

10:09 PM  

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