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4 year old ds with stutter - will private school help him??

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testbunny Sun 24-Mar-13 09:17:14

Hi there.

He is currently having therapy (his dad has a stutter too). I would prefer to send him to a state school (he will be starting reception in September), but would a smaller class size in a private school help him? Money would be an issue, but it is doable and I want to give him the best chance possible.

Any advise would be welcome - I am really worried about him....

Thank you.

LIZS Sun 24-Mar-13 09:19:24

no generalised answer I'm afraid . You need to ask the school SENCO/form teacher if they will reinforce the therapy and how . Not all will.

ScottyDoc Sun 24-Mar-13 09:23:01

I don't think so tbh. My dc had a bad stutter and what helped were not only the techniques that the ST suggested, but spending quality one on one time and listening without prompting. The stutter has basically disappeared now. I doubt smaller class sizes would make a difference, I think it's the one on one and working alongside the ST to combat it.

ArabellaBeaumaris Sun 24-Mar-13 09:25:20

It depends what support each school can offer, surely.

rubyrubyruby Sun 24-Mar-13 09:26:16

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meditrina Sun 24-Mar-13 09:29:01

Smaller class sizes are not a "cure all".

You need to look carefully at SEN departments of the schools you are interested in, and discuss what support is readily available.

It's pretty late to be starting to look at private schools for this September (offers are made earlier than for state schools). You'll need to get on with researching the ones you are interested in ASAP.

MissLurkalot Sun 24-Mar-13 09:37:34

I've worked as a Speech and Drama teacher at private schools. You tend to get access to more extra curricular activities at private school. I coul help with confidence and the voice and how to use it, but I'm not a Speech Therapist... And private schools do not have resident Speech Therapists.

Yes, you'll have smaller classes... And that might help with his confidence.. and give him a more softer experience with his stutter/confidence. But, I don't believe a private school will give him access to anything more than a state school .

It sounds like you need reassurance.. And you need to speak to the school now, so they can tell you exactly what they can do for your son.
Do it now, and it will really help you and your son prepare for September.

If I were you, send him to private school. I have 4 children, so private isn't an option. But, if I was in your situation, and find finances could be sorted.. Do it. But, insist in asking the school for support with your son's stutter/confidence and what they can put in place for him.

Private elocution/speech and drama would be really great for him.. And if its a good school, they should have a resident teacher.
It could be one to one, two to one or, normally in reception years, it's larger groups of say 4-6 kids. But, you can request smaller, you'll just pay a bit more. It would go hand in hand with his Speech Therapy.. I would give him fun mouth exercises, teach him short poems and I would, overtime, prepare him to enter Speech and Drama exams, like LAMDA, and would maybe pair him up with someone and enter them at a local Competitive Festival to recite a fun poem together with some fun movement. Over time, this is all possible.

Arrange a meeting at the school and find out what they can offer. Put your mind at rest. x

Emetophobesmum Sun 24-Mar-13 09:45:15

All respect MissLurkalot but speech and drama/elocution are NOT a subsitute for speech therapy and could be absolutely disastrous.

My DD developed a stammer at age 4 and went to a private school after a disastrous first term at state primary where she was bullied for reasons unconnected to the stutter. The school was good in the sense that the classes were small and she got individual attention but the staff were extremely ill informed about stammering. In the end one of the speech therapists came to the school and spoke to the teacher.

The most important thing is to get speech therapy sorted out for the long term. We went to the Michael Palin centre in London. If you can get a referral there it is great. I don't think school matters so much as long as the teachers know how to handle it and bullying is stamped on straight away.

SanityClause Sun 24-Mar-13 09:46:15

No, a speech therapist will help him.

DS went to a private school for reception to year 2. When I took him privately to an Ed Psych, he said that he had LD of a dyslexic/dyspraxic nature. The so called SENCO did not even meet with me. (She had taught him in reception, and basically said he was lazy.) TBF, his classroom teacher was very supportive.

Anyway I have moved him to an other private school, but with much better SEN provision and he has come on apace.

So, do check with any school about how they will help him, before forking out a deposit!

(It would be cheaper to pay privately for a speech therapist than school fees......)

rubyrubyruby Sun 24-Mar-13 09:54:15

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MissLurkalot Sun 24-Mar-13 10:02:46

Emet.... I never said Speech and Drama replaces Speech Therapy.. !!!!
I would never suggest to replace it with what I do.
Read my post properly please before you put words into my mouth.

Of course Speech Therapy is vital. I was only saying Speech and Drama would work well alongside it. I've taught a number of pupils who had Speech Therapy aswell as coming to me! It can work hand in hand, especially with confidence.

Fallenangle Sun 24-Mar-13 10:04:12

Talk to the SENCO after Easter. Then, and this may not be easy, try to set up a meeting between the class teacher, the speech therapist, and yourself and your child for September. Everyone will then know what they are supposed to be doing and, hopefully, using the same approach.

Emetophobesmum Sun 24-Mar-13 10:06:32

I do not think speech and elocution are suitable for children who stammer. I did read your post and as the parent of a stammering child I think it would be an absolute disaster.

DeafLeopard Sun 24-Mar-13 10:25:26

As soon as you move out of the state system you lose access to Local Authority specialist support teams - Ed Psych, statements, funding etc.

The right school for your DC will make the most difference IME rather than smaller classes. So supportive knowledgeable SENCO.

MissLurkalot Sun 24-Mar-13 10:32:14

Ok, that's your opinion. I'm sorry it didn't work for your child.. But, that doesn't mean it wouldn't work for others.

Emetophobesmum Sun 24-Mar-13 10:36:36

Miss Lurkalot you should read up on how stammering is treated and you will see how it is blindingly obvious why speech and elocution are completely the wrong approach. It is likely to undo all the work the SLT has put in.

MissLurkalot Sun 24-Mar-13 10:42:34

Emet, please stop with your unkind remarks. I have not been unkind to you. I am purely offering advice to the OP about my experiences with young children who came to me, aswell as their Speech Therapist whilst at private school.

Stop trying to discredit everything I say. It's unkind to me, and frustrating for the OP and the other people following this thread.

ScottyDoc Sun 24-Mar-13 10:52:54

Emetophobesmum In my personal experience as a mum of a dc that had a very severe stammer/stutter, I actually found elocution to help him! One of the techniques we used was sitting together and chatting, and if he had a problem with a particular word or sentence, we would sound it out and practise it.

What works or doesn't work for YOUR child doesn't mean it will or won't work on another child. Your statements are only opinions, as are mine, and I found working alongside the ST as well as my own interaction and particularly practising sounds and words, helped my dc to overcome it. As I said, it has almost disappeared completely now. I think your comments to MissLurkalot are rude though and perhaps you need to relax.

Emetophobesmum Sun 24-Mar-13 11:06:54

I have a child who will have a stammer for life - it seems to be genetic like that of OP's child. I am very concerned that OP does not get the wrong impression. You are entitled to your opinion but I am not going to sit there and watch someone recommending solutions which in 12 years of studying stammering I think are utterly the wrong approach.

Emetophobesmum Sun 24-Mar-13 11:17:34

OP please look at the Michael Palin Centres' website - some useful advice there. Sorry can't link as on phone.

Schmedz Sun 24-Mar-13 11:29:49

If you go to a state school you are in all likelihood going to have better access to any LEA services for speech therapy. In a private school you will pay for any extra support on top of fees.
I do think SEN is better supported in the state system.

Emetophobesmum Sun 24-Mar-13 11:40:52

Personally we got no help from school private or state. My DD saw a local speech therapist for delayed speech and they refused to see her again for her stammer - refused to believe she had one. i rang up the head of speech therapy in my area and had a screaming row with her and contacted my MP. She eventually referred us - that was to the Michael Palin centre. DD has been seen there on and off for the last 12 years.

lljkk Sun 24-Mar-13 12:35:15

I think smaller would only be better of social phobia were part of the anxiety.

tiggytape Sun 24-Mar-13 17:22:11

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testbunny Sun 24-Mar-13 18:17:02

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