I'm convinced that the creator of the Looney Tunes characters was a speech-language pathologist (SLP) in a past life. This week I’m are going to talk about sweet lovable Porky Pig. Yes, you don't have to be an SLP to figure out that Porky has a stuttering problem.
Now, we don't know the exact age of Porky so it is hard for me to say if it is just a normal dysfluent phase in his/her development or if in fact it is a true stuttering disorder. If Porky is between the ages of 3-5, or thereabouts, I am going to say it is most likely a developmental phase and he should snap out of it. So parents of young children don't stress out about this. The saying "never let them see you sweat" is good advice if you have a child who is "stuttering" and are younger than 6.
Some things you can do are the same things that Porky's friends need to do. Here they are:
1. Don't draw attention to the dysfluncies.
2. Allow your child as much time as he/she needs to express themselves.
3. Don't interrupt them and "help" them get their words out.
4. Be a good speaking role model. Speak slowly, don't interrupt others or allow others to interrupt you.
5. Remain calm and do not let on that you are concerned over the dysfluncies, this will make your child anxious and could increase the dysfluncies.
6. Make sure all caregivers are on the same page and understand how to react, or I guess I should really say, NOT react.
Tune in next week when we will talk about another Looney Tunes character, maybe Tweety, or Sylvester, or Donald Duck.....so many characters, so many speech problems.....aaahhhhhh.
What are your specific questions about stuttering and if you are dealing with a true stuttering disorder? Let me know.
Picture credit: http://clipart-for-free.blogspot.com/2008/08/porky-pig-clipart.html