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Anxiety and Stress Disorders (Children)

Anxiety and Stuttering

06/05/2007

Question:

I am assisting a family whose daughter recently began stuttering and has difficulty sleeping at night since her father was deployed to Baghdad. She is only 2 years old and due to her stress and stuttering she is refusing to talk. Do you have any recommendations or suggestions on resources that could help her relieve her stress and anxiety?

Answer:

Regression to an earlier stage of strength and consolidation is one coping mechanism frequently seen in children in response to stress. Support and watchfulness are in my opinion are all that is required at this stage.

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Response by:

Floyd R Sallee, MD
Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati