Stammering, Stuttering or Dysfluency

Dysfluency is a difficulty in producing smooth, fluent speech.  In the UK we call this stammering whilst the term 'stuttering' is used more often in the USA but they mean the same thing!  Stammering is a communication impairment affecting 5% of all children and 1% of all adults. This means that lots of children grow out of their stammer as they mature but many do not. However, with the right support and strategies from an early age, children can learn ways to manage their stammer to make sure it does not stop them achieving all the things they want to achieve and that they still feel positive about their communication skills. 


5 things you need to know about stammering

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5 things you need to know about stammering

How can you help?

Tips for teachers...

Advice for younger children

Download the Early Years Stammering leaflet here

Early Years stammering leaflet            

Download 5 ways to support fluency here 

                5 ways to support fluency







How can Special Time help you support your child's fluency?

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Advice for older children and young people

Action for Stammering Children have lots of advice for children and young people who stammer including tips from other young people who stammer themselves. You can read them here

Download the Older Children and Young Adults Stammering leaflet  here

  Stammering leaflet - young people

Useful links

The British Stammering Association (BSA) STAMMA

'BSA is the national organisation for adults and children who stammer, run by people who stammer'.
Webpage link: 
Help Line: 0845 603 2001

Action for Stammering Children (ASC)

We are the UK charity for children and young people who stammer, their families, and the communities who support them. We are here to make sure that every child who stammers has the support, respect and confidence to live the life they want to lead. 

Webpage link:

Support hub telephone number: 020 3960 5003



The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children - Tel: 020 3316 8100
The Stammering Support Centre, Leeds - Tel: 0113 8434331  email: