Therapists working in partnership with the school

Most departments will provide support for the child in school as well and the extent of this will vary with the individual service. Parents of a child who stammers would be advised to explore what support is available in the school that they consider for their child, as practice does vary and a child's school needs to be aware of the importance of speech, language and communication needs to ensure that staff time and resources are made available for working with therapists.

Therapy departments are usually very pleased to support a child in school provided that the school does support this input and meets any costs in staff time or provision from the school budget. Most services offer training to teachers that the school can buy in and particular support in the school for a child, which may be provided as part of the child's package of support, or may be provided at additional cost to the school. Common features of a school based therapy service are likely to be a visit to the classroom to assess the child's speech needs followed by a programme for the teacher to use to support them.

Therapists making visits are always sensitive to the fact that children do not want to appear different in front of their classmates and the teacher and the therapist would find strategies to involve other children in the classroom visit of the therapist so the child who stammers would not feel embarrassed. If a parent or child has concerns about how a school visit would be carried out then it is advisable for a parent to chat with the therapist about this in advance.

The BSA-Schoolchildren leaflets are available to give information.


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