Stuttering is a disorder that some children will face in their lifetime. The stutterer is affected by this in many ways, some of which are fairly serious according to Wikipedia. Many times, stuttering goes away on its own and the key is for the child to make it through this trial in their life with encouragement. The classroom will be the hardest place for the stutterer because their peers are not family and will be more prone to make fun of them. Therefore, the teacher has a big job to do to ensure that the student is encouraged. There are a few ways a teacher can encourage a student that is stuttering.
1) Praise the student when they finish a line of reading! This may not be done with the most efficient reader in the class, but it would be a good idea to do this with someone that stutters. A sense of accomplishment is felt when someone struggling finishes a task and finishing a sentence for a stutterer is like reaching the top of Everest for a mountain climber. Praise is one of the ways a teacher can encourage a student that is stuttering.
2) Don’t hurry them up while they are reading! They are speaking at their own pace and making them go faster equals making them nervous and this is not very encouraging. Allow them to read at their pace and if they absolutely cannot get a word, help them pronounce it. Encouragement is the goal and hurrying a stutterer up will not encourage them.
3) Recognize them when they improve on their own reading. They may not read better than any other student in the class, but if they read better than they did last time, that is improvement. Never compare them to other students as this will only discourage them.
4) Read stories about people that used to stutter whom were great success stories. According to this site, Isaac Newton, Aristotle and Moses were some of the great people this world has ever seen that used to stutter. If a teacher reads stories about people that used to stutter and were later famous, they will be inspired and can be a better encourager to their students.
A teacher that has a stuttering student should be the best encourager to that student and observe how therapeutic that is to the student and to the rest of the class,