Teachers - secondary school children

Some tips for teachers to support secondary school aged pupils who stammer
  • 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 stammering 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 pupil 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 they are saying, not how they are talking
  • Share information amongst teaching staff, particularly as pupils transition to a new class
  • Keep cover and supply teachers up to date with information too
  • Contact the pupil's Speech and Language Therapist to discuss concerns and ways to manage stammering in class
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