New Study: Kids Who Stutter Are Stable

August 26, 2013 Updated Aug 26, 2013 at 8:40 AM EDT

By WKBW News

August 26, 2013 Updated Aug 26, 2013 at 8:40 AM EDT

Cleveland Clinic, (WKBW) – Stuttering is a speech disorder that can be embarrassing, especially for a child. A new study shows many children who stutter have no problems developing in other ways. In fact, many children outgrow the disorder within a year or two.

These researchers found that preschoolers who stutter do just fine emotionally and socially. The group studied 1600 four-year-old who stutter. They found higher rates of stuttering occurred in boys, twins, and children whose mother’s were college educated.

Those preschoolers who stuttered were associated with better language development and better non-verbal skills. They also are well adjusted socially.

“Stuttering can be typical as a child is developing speech so for many it may go away. But if it doesn't this study shows that these kids are not at a disadvantage for social or behavior problems,” Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Kate Eshleman said.

Experts said wait about 12 months before beginning treatment for stuttering. Many researchers said that waiting period could be lengthened because these children are at no disadvantage.

Researchers also said if you are a parent of a child ho stutters, don’t hesitate to bring it up to your child’s pediatrician but they also say don’t worry.

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