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Introduction

When a performance is planned all pupils should be encouraged to take part at some stage in the school year.  Many children, particularly the child who stammers, may be fearful of speaking solo but wish to join in the activity.

Strategies to allow children to overcome their fear of talking in front of a large audience should be used.  These include reading aloud with a group or with another pupil.

Solo speaking

The teacher should judge all the children, including the child who stammers, who want to speak or play a role, on their merits as performers in that role.  Some children who stammer may not do so when performing but even if they do that should not automatically exclude them, as they may possess other skills that allow them to play that role effectively. Children do not usually stammer when singing and may enjoy the experience of being fluent.

Summary

  • Allow the child who stammers to speak with another child, or in a group, if he is worried about talking solo.
  • Be flexible about contributions to performances and consider all alternative methods of communication, mime, dance etc.
  • Encourage participation.

Matthew enjoys choral reading as it gives him a positive speaking experience