Top 8 tips for teachers to build relationships with Students
· Expect the same quality and quantity of work from the student who does not stutter as the one who does.
· Have a one-on-one conversation with the student who stutters about needed accommodations in the classroom. Respect the student’s needs, but do not be enabling.
· Don’t tell the student “just relax” or “slow down”.
· Don’t complete words for the student or talk for him or her.
· Speak with the student in an unhurried way, pausing frequently.
· Help all members of the class learn to take turns talking and listening.
· All students especially those who stutter find it much easier to talk when there are few interruptions and they have the listener’s attention.
· Don’t make stuttering something to be ashamed of. Talk about stuttering just like any other matter.
· Convey that you are listening to the content of the message, not how it is said.