Teachers of stammering children

Secondary school child

 

Top tips for teachers!

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... some children mask their stammer by avoiding speaking and saying less in class

Secondary school child

Top Tips For Teachers Of Secondary School Children

• The Stammering Information Programme short film (click here) raises awareness among all education staff about stammering and how to support the pupil who stammers in school
• Arrange a one-to-one session to acknowledge the problem and to discuss alternative strategies which might be helpful for reducing pressures in areas such as registration, debates, presentations
• Try to be flexible about oral tasks/exams - are there alternatives? Does the task have to be given a time limit? Does it have to be in front of a large group?
• Refer the child to a Speech and Language Therapist if required/requested
• Give them opportunities to talk and give them time to speak 
• Try to use the same eye contact as you would with a fluent student
• Speak in a calm manner and try to appear at ease, rather than rushing
• Resist the temptation to guess the word or to finish the sentence
• Listen to what the child is saying, not how they are talking
• Share information amongst teaching staff, particularly as children transition to a new class
• Keep cover and supply teachers up to date with information too
• Contact the child's Speech and Language Therapist to discuss concerns and ways to manage stammering in class