Parents of children who stammer


Approximately 5% of children stammer when they are young. This can be a very worrying time for parents but there are lots of things that you can do to help.

Information for Parents

We know that parents never cause stammering, however as the parent of a child who stammers there are lots of things you can do to help your child. Understanding the reasons why your child stammers is the first step towards identifying what you can do. The reasons why a child starts to stammer can be complex and these are different for each child.

In this section we have information on stammering including when it begins, why it happens and where you can go to get further guidance and support. We also have the story of Jamie, a child who has been to the Michael Palin Centre with his parents for assessment and therapy.

Our top tips section will give you some ideas which you can start using right away. The advice sheet includes some further ideas to think about and information for those children who are growing up learning more than one language.