Questions for Parents
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Note: These questions are listed in order of the seriousness of the problem. If a parent answers 'yes' to any question other than number 1, it suggests the possibility of stuttering rather than normal disfluency.
- Does the child repeat parts of words rather than whole words or entire phrases? (For example, 'a-a-a-apple')
- Does the child repeat sounds more than once every 8 to 10 sentences?
- Does the child have more than two repetitions? ('a-a-a-a-apple' instead of 'a-a-apple')
- Does the child seem frustrated or embarrassed when he has trouble with a word?
- Has the child been stuttering more than six months?
- Does the child raise the pitch of his voice, blink his eyes, look to the side, or show physical tension in his face when he stutters?
- Does the child use extra words or sounds like 'uh' or 'um' or 'well' to get a word started?
- Does the child sometimes get stuck so badly that no sound at all comes out for several seconds when he's trying to talk?
- Does the child sometimes use extra body movements, like tapping his finger, to get sounds out?
- Does the child avoid talking or use substitute words or quit talking in the middle of a sentence because he might stutter?