Bullying is a part of everyday life for children at one time or another and for various reasons. We cannot eliminate bullying, but we can – and must – be prepared to empower the child who stutters with strategies for dealing with bullying on his or her own. The goal of these strategies must always be to best respond (instead of react) to bullying in ways that support self-esteem and confidence.
- Continue to establish a classroom atmosphere of tolerance for differences.
- Handle bullying about stuttering in the same matter-of-fact, positive way that you handle any bullying episodes.
- Discuss bullying episodes discreetly and ask the child who stutters what he or she needs from you.
- Bullying strategies are available from a number of sources. Enlist the help of the social work professional in your district or utilize the library system for resources.
Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter is designed to be used with three companion workbooks:
- Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter: A Workbook for Students
- Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter: A Workbook for Parents
- Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter: A Workbook for Teachers / Administrators
This unique therapy manual is filled with practical ideas for helping speech-language pathologists reduce the effects of bullying for their students who stutter. Written by stuttering specialists with many years of experience working with children who stutter, this book includes detailed instructions for how to implement advanced clinical techniques, such as cognitive restructuring, desensitization, role-playing, and classroom presentations.
Uses & Applications
- Designed to provide speech-language pathologists with guidance about how to help children who stutter overcome the problems associated with bullying
- For use in a range of settings, including public schools and clinical practice
- Helps speech-language pathologists, parents, teachers, administrators, and children who stutter better understand stuttering and bullying
- Developed in conjunction with 3 workbooks specifically written for children who stutter, parents, and school teachers/administrators
Features & Benefits
- Filled with real-world activities that clinicians can use immediately
- Focused on stuttering, but describes strategies that can be used with all children
- Includes up-to-date information about key topics such as cyberbullying, school-based bullying prevention programs, and more
- Written in accessible, practical language that helps clinicians know what to do and what to say when working with children who are being bullied
- Student, parents, and teacher/administrator workbooks supplement clinician-based materials to enhance individualized instruction
Prior version published by the National Stuttering Association (NSA) as Bullying and Teasing: Helping Children Who Stutter (Yaruss, Murphy, Quesal, & Reardon, 2004).
Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc. donates 10% of the proceeds from the sale of this book to the NSA.
Early Childhood Stuttering:
Information and Support for Parents
Also from Stuttering Therapy resources, this 52-page booklet is designed to reduce the fears and concerns often expressed by parents of young children who stutter.
Written specifically for parents, this helpful Information and Support for Parents booklet provides important background information about stuttering that will support parents in making appropriate decisions about whether and when to seek an evaluation or treatment.
Another great tool to help you deal with bullying is the NSA’s Classroom Presentation Guide. Help your student decrease bullying and overcome the fear of speaking in class by educating peers on stuttering. Children who stutter learn to advocate for themselves, with our help. This guide gives sample outlines for doing a classroom presentation about stuttering.