Children Who Use “Like” and “Um” too Much

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Possible Diagnoses:

  • Cluttering (excessive use of fillers plus rapid rate)
  • Language Problems (word finding problems or language formulation problems)
  • Avoidance (using fillers to avoid an oncoming stutter or sound that the child has difficulty with)

How to Differentiate:

  • Look for other markers or symptoms of cluttering:

  • Check their ability on word-finding and language organization tasks:

  • Look for patterns of when the child uses the fillers.  Does it always happen before other speech or fluency problems?

How to Treat:

Once you have identified the root cause (or causes), address them with therapy as normal.