What your pre-school staff need to know to help your child
You will be asked to provide all relevant information about your child's development and needs to the pre-school.
Information about stammering for staff
Your child's personal passport
In addition, it can reassure your child if he helps you to produce a passport to give to staff about himself that includes information if he is stammering about his speech and other interests and needs. Making this could be a play exercise for him before going to the new pre-school and help to allay any anxieties. It should be personal to him with his ideas as a basis. He could include photographs and his own drawings for instance.
Preparing your child for pre-school
You will probably be sent information about your pre-school setting with basic details and procedures. You need to be aware of these so that your child is equipped and dressed as requested. Young children do like to fit in, particularly when they first start. It is likely that your child has already had taster sessions that went well so hopefully he should be looking forward to going, particularly if he has friends there.
Pass on at the pre-school Information about stammering for staff from this resource and contact the BSA for helpful leaflets
Teasing and bullying
Even pre-school children may recognise that speech is different and are capable of making unpleasant remarks or even bullying the child who stammers. Staff should take action immediately to address this as their policy on bullying will require them to do and they should keep parents informed.
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