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Tips to help you speak with someone who stutters

  • Listen to the person the same way you would to someone who doesn’t stutter.
  • Be patient. Try not to finish what the person is saying.
  • Listen to what the person is saying, not how they are saying it.
  • Don’t ask the person to slow down or start over (but it might help if you speak calmly and a little slower than normal).
  • Try to help the person stay relaxed. Don’t pressure them to hurry because it can cause them to stutter.
  • Don’t interrupt older children or adults, but ask them to explain anything you don’t understand. However, if a very young child is struggling to speak and becoming frustrated, it might help if you say “Just a minute,” and move down to their eye level. Try to ask questions that only need short answers. This will help the child to tell you what they want to say.

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