Use jokes to reveal yourself
The effort and fear of hiding a stutter is worse than not being fluent for most people, said Diane Paul, director of clinical problems in speech pathology at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Because of this, speech pathologists work closely with students to reveal their stuttering so that they can be comfortable in class speaking – and stuttering.
How students disclose depends on age, comfort level, and individual choice, said Dr. Paul. In the remote learning environment, they can do this via email like Kaitlyn or on a chat screen. Some students coordinate with their teachers to schedule a time to tell their classmates. Others might wait to stutter for a moment, or even stutter on purpose, said Dr. Paul and then say something like, “Sometimes I repeat noises. This is called stuttering. I just wanted you all to know. We all have something. "
Professor Sisskin encourages her patients to rely on humor. For example: “We had five minutes to write this book report. I prepared for three minutes because I knew I was going to stutter. “Or:" No … my WLAN does not dissolve. I stutter. "
Bringing in humor has two purposes, she said. It reduces the desire to hide the stuttering because you've already posted it and lets others know that you are open to it and not ashamed of yourself.
Find ways to participate
If students prefer not to speak publicly, they should work with their teachers to find alternative ways to participate and connect with other students, Professor Sisskin said. For example, they could share their extensive knowledge of Minecraft in a breakout room or show their humor in a chat.
A simple video task worked well for Mrs. Polley's son, Danny. Students were asked to record short videos of themselves discussing a favorite book or vacation. It was outside of Daniel's comfort zone, but just a little, she said, and the subject, combined with the pre-recording option, hit a sweet spot.
“He could take it up multiple times if he had to. And the subject was himself, so he knew the material well. "