Tips for talking with the child who stammers
- Speak with the child in an unhurried way, pausing frequently.
- Reduce the number of questions you ask the child. Comment more on what s/he has said so s/he knows you have heard him/her.
- Use your facial expressions and other body language to convey to your child you are listening.
- Use slow, calm and relaxed speech, with plenty of pauses and undivided attention as often as possible.
- Encourage all members of the family to learn to take turns talking and listening so the child does not feel s/he needs to rush to talk.
- Observe the way you interact with the child
- Convey that you accept the child as s/he is.