Educational Film for New Zealand Teachers
‘Stuttering: Young Kiwis Share their Stories‘ will take you on a journey with 11 young people (aged 9 to 18 years) to help you understand the unique experiences of young Kiwis who stutter. In this 15-minute film, they share their stories about stuttering both in and out of the school environment, to make the world an easier place for people who stutter. Educational, and sometimes emotional, this film will provide you with insights into the lives of people who stutter.
The stories these generous young Kiwis share will help you to learn what you can do to support people who stutter. This film will be of particular value to teachers or others who care about people who stutter.
Teachers’ Guide to Working with Young People Who Stutter
This resource was created from research with young New Zealanders who stutter. In this research, they shared positive and negative experiences they have had at school. They highlighted the importance of their teachers being informed about stuttering, and how this affects their learning and life at school. They also reported bullying, misjudgment, poor self-confidence and not being given appropriate support.
The purpose of this resource is to provide teachers with increased understanding of stuttering and give them strategies for how they can help young people who stutter achieve their potential. It has primarily been developed with the help of young New Zealanders who stutter but also their teachers and speech-language therapists, to ensure it encompasses their combined perspectives and experiences. In conjunction with the information in this resource, talking to the young person who stutters and understanding their unique experience is essential. A conversation, ideally at the beginning of the school year, could also include whānau and be guided by the Individual Support Plan provided within this resource.
Individual Support Plan – Editable Version
These pages are available in the PDF Teachers’ Guide above, however we know that having a Word Doc version of the workbook pages would be helpful for people to edit on their computers.
Quick Guide for Supporting Students who Stutter
Teachers play an important role in the lives of children who stutter. At school children are expected to communicate in many different ways including sharing ideas, presenting work to the class, and asking and answering questions. For children who stutter, these tasks can be a huge challenge.
Teachers have the opportunity to create a supportive learning environment for these children, which can help them to communicate with confidence. This handout is available for you to download and use in order to make your classroom a supportive place for students who stutter.