Children who stammer

How can I get help?


Getting help is one of the most important things you can do.

How can I get help?

We think it is important to have someone to talk to about your stammering. Although this can feel embarrassing, it is much worse trying to deal with it on your own.

It does seem a bit strange that no one mentions stammering. The reason for this now seems very old-fashioned: many parents were told that they should try to "ignore their child's stammering and it would go away", or that "if you draw attention to it, you might make it worse". This idea has unfortunately lasted for a long time, but it is very unhelpful.

All that happens as a result is that stammering becomes a sort of secret, with everyone pretending that it is not really there at all. This must be very confusing and upsetting for a young child, and later leads to many families not knowing how to talk about it.

If you have found this website on your own, share it with your friends and family - it might help to break the ice and lead to you getting some proper help.


You could talk to a really good friend; the chances are that this friend knows you stammer and would be really interested to know what happens. Why not discuss the website information and ideas?


Talk to your parents and ask them to get some help for you. They can look at the parents' pages


Ask your teacher for help.  There is a section for them on this website too, click here. Many teachers really do want to help, but don't know what to do or how to discuss it with you.


Get in touch with a Speech and Language Therapist. Again, your parents or teacher can look through the website pages to find out how to go about this.


Contact the British Stammering Association. They too have a website, as well as a helpline, leaflets and a magazine.


Contact us at the Michael Palin Centre - we see families from all over the UK. Your parents can phone us for information on 020 3316 8100.