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    Why is my 2 year old suddenly stuttering?

    My son is 28 months old and is an excellent talker. His vocab is very good and he has recently started to put long sentences together. He is also learning a 2nd language. Recently though he woke up out of the blue with a stutter. Sometimes he stutters through the day and the following day he will speak perfectly fine. Is this normal development or should we seek treatment??
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    Rachel Tosh

    Speech Pathologist

    Rachel is a speech pathologist specialising in speech, language, literacy and feeding therapy with more than 10 years of experience. Her aim is to help … View Profile

    This sounds very much like what is often termed “developmental dysfluency” or “normal stuttering”. Some children between the age of 2-5 go through a period of stuttering (also known as dysfluency) that lasts less than 6 months and resolves without treatment. It is often observed in children at the developmental stage when they experience a “syntactic explosion” or in other words when their sentences suddenly get longer and more complex as you described with your son. I would recommend that you pursue a path of watchful waiting - if he is distressed or the stuttering is becoming worse then seek treatment but otherwise just keep an eye on it for the next couple of months and if it hasn't resolved within the next 6 months then seek treatment. Good luck!

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