As children grow and develop language, many may display “typical disfluencies” in their speech. These disfluencies are natural as the young child’s language is emerging, and his or her speech system is working hard to put together new words in a variety of ways.
Typical disfluencies occur between the ages of 2 ½ and 5. They can include:
- Multisyllabic whole word repetitions (e.g. “Gimmie gimmie the cookie”)
- Interjections (e.g. “I um, went to the kitchen”)
- Phrase repetitions (e.g. “I want I want I want a cookie”)
- Phrase revisions or abandoned utterances (“I want.. Can I have a cookie?”)
Typical disfluencies are common among young children and are not cause for concern.
The disfluencies characteristic of Childhood Onset Stuttering are different than typical disfluencies.
Some examples of the disfluencies seen in Childhood Onset Stuttering include: