Furby and my Son’s Stuttering Problem
Last summer my son got a Furby as a birthday gift. I remembered Furby from when I was growing up and I always thought they were a little scary, may they reminded me of the movie Gremlins and in the back of my mind thought it would be turned into a monster. My son is five years old and initially was more interested in the other toys he got that day. A few hours later, on of the older kids at the party took the pack of batteries and brought Furby to live. Furby instantly got everyone’s attention with his giggling and rambling in Furbish. I wondered if I’d be annoyed with this new addition to the family?
Earlier that summer, my son had developed a problem stuttering. The issue just cropped up out of nowhere and started to create problems with my son’s self-confidence. The other kids at day care would make fun of him and he went from being an out-going little boy to a shy and timid boy, who was speaking less and less. I brought him to see a speech therapist but that made him even more self-conscious and I would have to fight with him to bring him in day after day without much improvement.
A few days later, after the birthday party I heard my son in the bedroom playing with Furby. He was speaking with Furby and trying to teach him how to speak correctly. I read through the Furby manual and told my son you have to speak to Furby slowly so he can recognize what you are saying. Every night we would sit down and play with Furby together, each time Furby would include more English words in his vocabulary. That was great but what astonished me is I noticed my son’s speech had dramatically improved in just a matter of weeks!
This Christmas we bought another Furby so he could have a younger brother. Our son was excited to start teaching him as he did with the first Furby. Thankfully our son is over is stuttering problem and once again is a healthy, happy, confident child. Maybe his interaction with Furby was just a coincidence but I’m convinced Furby helped my son get over his stuttering problem more quickly.