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Emotions and Stuttering

Emotions and Stuttering


Emotions or related psychological issues (such as anxiety) do not cause stuttering.  Emotions do play a significant role in a child’s ability to control her speech.  Children often stutter more when they are experiencing “big feelings”.  Emotions that might impact a child’s fluency could include:

·         Excitement

·         Anxiety

·         Stress

·         Anger

·         Fear

·         Intimidation

·         Nervousness

·         Anticipation

Remember, stuttering behaviors are often cyclical.  There can be good days and not so good days.  There can even be more fluent weeks and less fluent weeks.  Take note of situations that could be causing your child more “big feelings” and try to reduce these to help with fluent speech. 


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