the classroom teacher
(for the child who stutters at school)
1.) Consult with the school’s
speech pathologist for suggestions.
2.) Talk to the parents about their opinion of the problem
so that you and they can be consistent in the things
3.) A major concern for most teachers
is the child’s reactions to his stuttering in
the classroom. There are no set rules about participation
in class. At one extreme is the child who may be quite
unconcerned and happy to participate like any other
child. At the other extreme, the child may cry and refuse
to talk. Most cases are somewhere in between.
4.) Talk with the child privately.
Show your support. Show him you are aware of his stuttering
(elementary school children) and that you accept it
5.) Answering questions:
As you are asking questions in the classroom, you can
do certain things to make it easier for a child who
• Initially, until he adjusts to the class, ask
him questions that can be answered with relatively few
• If every child is going to be asked a question,
call on the child who stutters fairly early. Tension
and worry can build up the longer he has to wait his
• Assure the whole class that (1) they will have as much time as they need to answer questions
and (2) you are interested in having
them take time and think through their answers, not
just answer quickly.
6.) Reading aloud in class:
Many children who stutter are able to handle oral reading
tasks in the
classroom satisfactorily, particularly if they are encouraged
to practice at home. There will be some, however, who
will stutter severely while reading aloud in class.
The following suggestions may help:
• Reading in unison with someone else is very
helpful. Let the child have his turn with one of the
• Let the whole class read in pairs sometimes,
so that the child who stutters doesn’t feel “special”.
Gradually, he may become more confident and able to
manage reading out loud on his own.
7.) Addressing teasing:
following suggestions may be helpful to deal with
• If the child has been upset with teasing,
talk with him.
• Point out that many children are teased for
• Tell the child to try not to take it too seriously.
• If certain children are picking on him, talk
to them alone. Try to enlist their help. Most want
the approval of their teacher. Punishing them for
teasing does not help.
8.) If no speech clinician is available,
suggest to the parents that they seek one out
who is licensed and specializes in stuttering.
(1) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication
Disorders (2) The Stuttering Foundation of Americ