This Teacher Has A Stammer And Is Using It To Change His Students’ Lives – Abed Ahmed

About the Author: My name is Abed Ahmed and I’m a 24 year old secondary school maths teacher who stammers!

Since becoming a maths teacher, I  ran my own sessions to improve the confidence of the pupils who stammer and tried to help them reach a greater degree of fluency in their speech (this was not the end goal). I was able to assist in their development by conducting a variety of sessions; drama and theatrical role play, interview practice and tips, advice on how to approach people and overall, acted as a general supporting figure to give students the belief that they can speak their mind, thus in line with the “speak your mind” theme. Here is a video of their journey.

The submission from last year may help to give some further information and context.

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This Teacher Has A Stammer And Is Using It To Change His Students’ Lives – Abed Ahmed — 16 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your experiences as a person who stutters with your students and the community. It was very inspirational to see your students share their rules of how to speak to an individual who stutters with an audience of supportive listeners. After reading about your sessions with students, I was wondering how you structure the drama and theatrical role play sessions? Do your students practice singing, act out social situations, or something of the like? Thank you again for sharing!

    • Thank you Lailasamaha for your lovely comment. Glad you enjoyed the video 😊

      Yes, you’re exactly correct, one day I’ll come up with a scenario and tell them to act it out in groups! It’s honestly hilarious sometimes! I once told them to act out a scenario where you saw someone you really like and you wanted to approach them like a gentleman and I’d of course give some tips 😂😂 so we do vla variety of serioes and not so so serious situations

      • That is awesome! It sounds like you are really giving your students the opportunity to generalize their skills to social scenarios that may happen in real-life. Thank you again for sharing!

  2. Hi Abed!
    Your work with these children is very inspiring! What is the first thing you tell a child who tells you they are embarrassed by their stammer? I love how you focus on building confidence and allow them to apply and practice those skills in speaking situations!

    A pleasure to read/watch!

    • Hi Tricia.

      I always tell my pupils to never be ashamed of something that is a part of them. It’s something that’s unique. I then tell them what they have to say is so important and deserves a right to be heard 😀 I tell them that this world does have some horrible people but majority of the people in this world are incredibly nice and accepting. All people who stammer do have a place in this world 😊

  3. Hi Abed – I really enjoyed watching this video and seeing the positive impact you are having on these students’ lives. I am currently a graduate student in a Speech-Language Pathology program and I am taking a course on fluency right now. In class, we discuss a lot about the importance of building confidence in our students who stutter. You said you provide advice to your students on how to approach other people, and my question for you is what kind of advice do you give them on this matter? I would love to hear what you have found to be useful for yourself and your students so that I can implement those ideas in therapy sessions for any of my future clients who stutter.

    Thank you,

  4. Hi Kayla. That’s amazing what you’re doing! What country is this by way? (I love knowing where people are from when commenting on this website).

    I always tells my pupils that approaching people is down to confidence.

    Even some people who don’t stammer find it difficult to approach people. So what we do is we do some role play within the group. For example, I’ll get them to work in pairs and get them to try what works best for them. Then they’ll swap around with others in the group and have a go.

    I then give them some odd few tips here and there. Simple things like smiling and talking, taking as much time as you want, breathing regularly but ultimately making sure that you say what you want to say. No avoidance, nothing.

    I always reassure them that majority of the people in this world are nice and will always be helpful. The more practise you do the better.

    I then get them to practise in real life and get to go and approach teachers in the school. So I’d tell them go to Mr so and so office and ask for this etc

    Basically just trying to slowly build it up for them 😊😊

  5. Hi Abed- like the others who commented previously this video was very inspiring for me. I like how you encourage your students to be open with their classmates about their stammering. I was wondering if you could comment on the importance of community for those who stutter. What would you tell a child who did not know anyone else who stammered and was having a hard time feeling confident? What were the differences you saw in your own students after they had experienced community with other children? Thanks!

  6. Hi Abed,

    I really enjoyed watching your video. I thought it did a great job capturing your own experience and how you are using it to help others who stutter. The one line that really stood out to me was “stammer with confidence.” I think this mindset is really important for people who stutter and anyone in general to do live their lives with confidence. I also think that being a teacher allows you a great opportunity to spread awareness that people who stutter do not have to shy away from professions that require a lot of speaking. One of the more common challenges I have learned about in my studies has been connecting people who stutter with one another in order to build a support system. I am really glad to see that your students in the video have a place where they feel they can speak freely without judgement and had the opportunity to speak in front of their class. I know your profile said you are a secondary teacher, but do you work with younger students? Similarly, are you involved in any community programs? Thank you for sharing your story!

  7. Abed, this video is incredible! I truly loved watching and reading. I am currently a SLP grad student, and in the future, I will work with individuals who stutter. Our professor emphasizes the importance of helping these children develop confidence and self-worth. I’m wondering what your experience was in developing these ideals. Did you work with an individual who sparked this in you? If so, how might I share in helping to implement these ideals with my students in the future? Or, what advice might you have for myself when forming connections with my students to best help them develop confidence?

  8. Hi Abed! I am a speech-language pathology graduate student.I love the fact that your video instills confidence in your students and understanding from their peers. My questions to you are, what was the outcome you observed from this assembly? What changes have you seen in your students, as well as their peers? Have other teachers reported changes in the students’ behavior towards stammering since? Have you had requests to put on another assembly like this at other schools or facilities?
    Good Work!!

  9. What a beautiful film! I commend you for your work. I can imagine the impact you are having on your students because of your willingness to share your own experience. I loved hearing from those students and seeing their willingness to speak out. Many of the PWS who I have met didn’t know another person who stuttered in their childhoods. I am sure that by connecting these students with each other and sharing your positive contribution they can take that support with them into the future. Thank you for investing in your students, we will all benefit from your voices!

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