Although episodes of stuttering speech are usually easy to recognize, a diagnosis of true stuttering should always be made by a professional.
If you are concerned that your child seems to be stuttering, talk with your child's doctor. Occasionally, the doctor may refer you to a speech-language pathologist for further evaluation.
As part of your child's evaluation, the speech-language pathologist usually will ask questions about your child's history, including development, behavior and school performance. Then he or she will speak with your child to evaluate speech and language skills. Part of this interview may be recorded. A full evaluation can take several hours.
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