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Problem in speaking, 6 years - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Growth and Development in Children
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi there
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   had a problem related to my child
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Proceed with your query
User :   my daughter 6 years old has a problem in speaking
Doctor :   Ok

User :   there's stameering and she gets stuck up on one word
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Have you consulted a speech therapist for her
User :   is it something to worry about or we should observe it for a couple of more years
User :   no actually we thought it will get better with time but it is not improving
User :   so we are thinking of taking her to a doctor
Doctor :   It is common in young children when they are learning to speak but after that it needs to be corrected.

User :   which specialist would be right one for this
Doctor :   Speech therapy is better advocated now as after 5 years of age this is not normal.
Doctor :   A speech therapist is ideal
User :   is he or she a doctor or more like physiotherapists?

Doctor :   First an ENT check up would be better to rule out any anatomical problems. If there is nothing wrong with the structure
User :   we were thinking of going to an ent doctor
Doctor :   Speech therapists are not necessarily doctors
Doctor :   Meanwhile you can do these things
User :   thanks a lot doctor. i will get back to you with further questions after meeting the ent doctor
User :   pls go ahead
Doctor :   iLsten attentively to your child and maintain natural eye contact when he or she speaks.
User :   sorry
User :   ok .
Doctor :   Wait for your child to say the word he or she is trying to say as that improves her confidence while speaking

Doctor :   peak slowly, in an unhurried way. If you speak this way, your child will often do the same, which can help decrease stuttering.
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