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How to react to someone who stutters

How to react when speaking to someone who stutters
-          Refrain from making remarks like: “Slow Down”, or “Take a deep breath”, or “Relax”.
-          Let the person know by your manner and actions that you are listening to what he or she says- not how they say it
-          Maintain eye contact and wait patiently and naturally until the person is finished
-          Do not finish sentences or fill in words
-          Use relatively relaxed rate in your own conversational speech
-          Be aware that those who stutter usually have more trouble controlling their speech on the telephone


Things you can do as a parent
-          Listen patiently to what your child says, not how they say it
-          Allow your child to complete his or her thoughts without interrupting
-          Keep natural eye contact while your child is talking
-          Avoid filling in or speaking your child’s thoughts or ideas
-          After your child speaks, reply slowly and unhurriedly, using some of the same words
-          Wait a second or so before responding to your child
-          Spend at least 5 minutes each day devoted to talking with your child in an unhurried, easy, relaxed manner
-          Find ways to show your child that you love and value them and that you enjoy your time together