Stuttering Foundation Tips for Parents

These tips are outlined by the Stuttering Foundation of America, in order to inform parents of the appropriate ways to communicate with a child who stutters.  If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to ask us.


Tips from the Stuttering Foundation of America:


1. Speak with your child in an unhurried way, pausing frequently.

Wait a few seconds after your child finishes speaking before you begin to

speak. Your own slow, relaxed speech will be far more effective than any

criticism or advice such as “slow down” or “try it again slowly.”


2. Reduce the number of questions you ask your child. Instead of

asking questions, simply comment on what your child has said.


3. Use your facial expressions and other body language to convey to

your child that you are listening to the content of her message and

not to how she’s talking.


4. Set aside a few minutes at a regular time each day when you can

give your undivided attention to your child. This quiet, calm time can be

a confidence-builder for younger children.


5. Help all members of the family learn to take turns talking and

listening. Children, especially those who stutter, find it much easier to talk

when there are few interruptions.


6. Observe the way you interact with your child. Try to increase those

times that give your child the message that you are listening to her and she

has plenty of time to talk.


7. Above all, convey that you accept your child as he is. The most

powerful force will be your support of him, whether he stutters or not.


Guitar, Barry, and Edward G. Conture. “7 Tips for Talking with Your Child.” Stuttering: Tips for

Parents. Web. 23 May 2012.