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Talking with a child who stutters

I just read this on a blog:

"Parents and older siblings may have the habit of speaking very quickly, causing a child with emerging speech skills to be intimidated. Slowing down slightly, and even introducing natural pauses such as short hesitations or “ums” will make it easier for young children to participate in the conversation."

I agree with all of that except the "ums" as no child should get in the habit of starting anything in their speech that they won't want there later in life. Any child deserves help so that they can speak well enough to be enjoyed in friendly conversation, while giving a speech, or if addressing an extinguished group of individuals as an adult. Frequent pauses, but no "ums" in my opinion, and I expect the Stuttering Foundation of America, who gives great tips for talking with someone who stutters, would agree.