Stuttering, a complex disorder, can be progressive if it is not successfully treated by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and dealt with properly in the classroom. All children who stutter require special considerations in the classroom to prevent stuttering from progressing, and so that they are afforded a comfortable learning environment. This is part of their IEP. Children who stutter should have the same expectations of them from a classroom participation standpoint. However, their special needs are to be met just as we would do for a visually or hearing-impaired child. The fact is that several things can happen in the classroom to negatively impact a child who stutters (i.e. improper listener reaction from teachers, too many communicative demands, and teasing). Some children who stutter develop avoidance behaviors through a fear of speaking aloud in class. This can lead to stuttering negatively impacting the learning experience and child’s comfort level in the classroom. Teachers are an integral part of the child’s success.
Download the following resources to enhance the learning experience of a child who stutters and to reinforce more fluent speech and a feeling of success.
Visit Classroom Advocacy to learn how to advocate for your child in a classroom. Consider using these resources for camps counselors, coaches, religious education groups, and any other environment in which your child will communicate and may be subject to difficult situations. Stories of teasing and unadvised corrections come out of these situations that are outside the school, but can be harmful to your child who stutters. Advocate and educate to support your child!