If I draw attention to it, will I make it worse?
By talking about it calmly and naturally in the same way that you would talk about any other problem, you will prevent it becoming a taboo subject. By reassuring your child that it's ok and that we all get stuck sometimes, you won't make it worse.
A quiet acceptance and acknowledgement can make your child feel better. The message you want to convey to the child is that what they are doing is not unusual and that it's part of the learning process. You want to convey the feeling of "I do understand", "I am listening to you" and "I can help".
How much more confusing and upsetting for a child is it when no one seems to be helping them with a problem they are struggling with? Imagine what's going through their heads! "What's wrong with me?" "Why can't I talk properly?" "What am I doing wrong?" "Why aren't they saying or doing something?"
Can parents cause it?