International Stuttering Awareness Day is October 22, 2020. During this time, nearly 200 countries worldwide join in raising awareness of stuttering. It’s an ideal time for speech-language therapists, teachers, and school support professionals to expand our knowledge about stuttering and to remember that our actions can help!
Here’s a look at our top 3 resources to help students who struggle with stuttering, along with additional links for school professionals.
Worldwide, the National Stuttering Association (NSA) is the largest non-profit organization dedicated to empowering children and adults who stutter, as well as their families and professionals, through support, advocacy, education, and research.
The NSA has local chapters, in-person and online events, and even an annual conference. On the website, you’ll find many resources for educators, therapists, and school support professionals, including beginner tips for teachers, like:
- Avoid putting pressure on children who stutter by finishing sentences or filling in words.
- Be a good listener, maintain eye contact, and wait patiently for the child to finish speaking.
- Do not give advice such as “Slow down,” “Take a breath,” or “Relax.”
- Let the child know you are listening to what they are saying, not how they are saying it.
Their Free Printable Brochures include information for allies, mentoring help, a back-to-school survival guide for kids who stutter, ways parents can help their kids, dear teacher letters, and more.
Since 1947, The Stuttering Foundation has been providing free resources, services, and support to those who stutter and their families, as well as support for stuttering research. They work toward prevention and improved treatment of stuttering and reach more than one million people annually.
The Stuttering Foundation has a range of resources and formats for teachers and therapists, such as:
- Virtual learning through online interactive workshops like Stuttering Therapy: Who Needs to Change and Who Decides?
- Speech-language pathology resources, including videos, books, classroom presentations on basic clinical skills and tools for helping kids who stutter.
- An extensive book list for therapists, teachers, parents, and kids, including titles like Fun with Fluency for the School-Aged Child.
- Podcasts on stuttering featuring celebrities, writers, and leaders in the field.
Stuttering Therapy Resources is an organization that was established to help speech-language pathologists help people who stutter through affordable and practical resources grounded in the life experience of people who stutter, current scientific evidence, and clinical experience of stuttering specialists.
Stuttering Therapy Resources has a series of stuttering therapy guides, parent and teacher booklets, and an Overall Assessment of the Speakers’ Experience of Stuttering (OASES) comprehensive tool. Further, they feature free practical tips, handouts, videos, and a blog. For example:
Practical Tips for School-Based SLPs: Telepractice and Stuttering Therapy includes guidance on understanding state licensure requirements for teletherapy, familiarizing yourself with online platforms before using them with students, and high-quality headphones versus earbuds in online speech-language therapy.
Additional Stuttering Resources for School SLPs
- International Stuttering Association
- Stuttering Association for the Young
- Stuttering Home Page
- Friends: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter
- ASHA Stuttering
- American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders
Enjoy using these resources to help your kids who struggle with stuttering thrive in the classroom and beyond, and thanks for reading!
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