Stuttering tips for teachers

Having a child that stutters in your class can create all sorts of challenges. You have to make sure that you create an accepting environment with no teasing by explaining to the kids that the child who stutters can’t help it and also finds it frustrating. Stuttering is definitely not a reflection of how clever someone is or not. If you know very little about stuttering you should educate yourself in the process as well. Watch this video by kids for kids about stuttering.

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Tips for teachers
The following tips for teachers who has a student that stutters, was compiled by Lisa Scott during her Ph.D study at The Florida State University:

  1. Don’t tell the student “slow down�? or “just relax�?. They might get more anxious about not getting it right.
  2. Don’t complete words or sentences for the student or talk for him or her. 
  3. Help all members of the class learn to take turns talking and listening. All students, and especially those who stutter, find it much easier to talk when there are few interruptions and they have the listener’s attention. 
  4. Expect the same quality and quantity of work from the student who stutters as the one who doesn’t.
  5. Speak with the student in an unhurried way, pausing frequently.
  6. Convey that you are listening to the content of the message, not how it is said.
  7. Have a one-on-one conversation with the student who stutters about needed accommodations in the classroom. Respect the student’s needs, but do not be enabling.
  8. Don’t make stuttering something to be ashamed of. Talk about stuttering just like any other matter.

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