This post was inspired by many concerned parents of teens who stutter and talking in class. It seems like there are more presentations expected of students these days. I cannot lie. It is embarrassing to talk differently than others in front of a class but it can be done. How do we know who is ready and who is not? I am going to start with a generic answer. Every student is different. These are my suggestions. I had to do them in school too. Some went better than others but honestly I was rarely graded for the amount of times I raised my hand. Not everyone is an extrovert. Any questions please email Lori@allislandspeech.com
- Educate the teacher. I would not educate the whole administration. Only the teacher. It is their journey. Not everyone has to know their journey.
- Have the student email and tell about themselves.
- Send a handout on stuttering so they understand. Chances are the teacher has not met anyone else who stutters. (I have some if you need)
- If your child is comfortable talking then let them do it.
- If your child is being penalized for not raising their hand then set up a conference with the teacher. This I believe is wrong. There are many ways to see if a child knows the material. If it is a foreign language they can practice with a peer.
- Seek the help of the speech pathologist or your outside therapist.
- Help empower your children. We want them to be able to handle the challenges of every day life.
- Seek outside help if they are struggling.
Wishing you all a good year.