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.