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The Murdoch Children's Research Institute blog Featuring stories, opinons and news from our research team, patients and staff.

Stuttering is a common communication difficulty affecting more than one in ten children during the preschool years. Stuttering typically begins when children start combining words into sentences between 2 and 3 years of age and ongoing research into stuttering at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute has helped improve our understanding of this common childhood communication difficulty.
My son, Noah, is nearly two, and he can only say ‘dada’ and ‘bye-bye’. He can follow simple instructions and he tells us what he wants by pointing or showing us. But the other kids in my mother’s group talk a lot, and he seems really far behind. Should I be worried about him? Dr Penny Levickis sheds light on what constitutes 'late talking' and what parents can do if they are concerned their child is having language difficulties.