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Children who stammer, and their parents, report this regular activity to the BSA as one of the greatest problems of the school day.

The pressure of being the centre of attention for the reply can cause considerable anxiety, exacerbate the stammer and reinforce the fear of stammering. It is particularly worrying for secondary school pupils whose presence will be checked by their register teacher and also subject staff during the day. 

Some pupils who stammer have been known to avoid registration by making an excuse to be late or even pretending to be ill so that they can stay at home. This possibility of avoiding school commitments, as the pupil gets older, could lead to truancy problems that have a known link with exclusion issues. 

Staff should not make an ordeal out of registration by demanding formulaic replies. When a choice of responses is given to all the pupils, as in the video clip, the one who stammers, knowing that he need not answer formally may choose to do so, without stress.

On this occasion Emma, who stammers, chooses like some other pupils to raise her hand to signify her presence. On another occasion she may choose to speak her answer.


  • Allow all the class to use an alternative strategy for the reply. 
  • Supply or substituting teachers should be provided with information about strategies and  given a desk plan.
  • Modern electronic registration systems may solve this problem completely.

The teacher accepts alternative responses for registration