Information for Parents
How to help the child who
1. For five minutes at least 3 times a week,
daily if you can manage it, arrange a time in the day when you can
give your child your full attention in a calm and relaxed
2. Slowing down your own speech when you talk to your child
will make it easier for him/her to follow what you are saying and
help him feel less rushed. This can be more helpful than telling the
child to slow down, start again or take a deep breath..
3. It may help to pause for one second before
you answer him or ask a question. This slow, less hurried way of
speaking gives your child time before answering.
4. Show you are interested in what s/he says, not how he is
says it. Look at him/her when s/he talks, then s/he knows you are
listening and won't rush his/her speech..
5. Use the same sort of sentences your child does - keep them
short and simple..
6. Keep natural eye-contact when s/he is speaking. Do not
look away when s/he stammers..
7. Reduce the number of questions you ask. Always be sure
that you give your child time to answer one before you ask another.
Children can feel under pressure when asked a lot of questions at
8. Encourage everyone in the family to take turns to talk.
This will reduce the amount that your child is interrupted and s/he
9. Praise your child for things s/he does well. This will
help to build confidence..
10. Respond to the behaviour of the child who stammers in the
same way as that of a child who does not stammer. Discipline needs
to be appropriate and consistent..
11. Try to avoid a hectic and rushed lifestyle. Children who
stammer respond well to a routine and structured environment at home
and at school..
Stammering can increase when a child is tired. Try to
establish regular sleep patterns and a regular healthy