Initial admittance of stuttering

From my previous readings, I have learned that when PWS are forward and initially tell their communication partner that they stutter and they are happy to repeat any missed information, that their experiences tend to be more positive. I was curious how a PWS might feel if an NFS was upfront about noticing their stutter. For example, one might say, ā€œI see that you are a PWS, I hear that can be frustrating. I want to let you know that I am happy to be patient and look forward to hearing what you have to say.ā€ (something along those lines) Would that be considered rude? It probably depends on the individual and the current rapport, but Iā€™d love to hear different perspectives. Thank you!

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Initial admittance of stuttering — 2 Comments

  1. I bet you will have a bunch of different answers to this great question.

    My response would be to give the PWS my attention, be patient and attend to their message rather than their stuttering. Instead of SAYING “I look forward to hearing what you have to say,” SHOW IT. SHOW the PWS that you are interested in having a conversation with them by sticking around, following up on their comments, and engaging in the conversation like you would with anyone else. Avoid finishing their sentences or overlapping their comments.

    Be patient. Be kind. Be interested. Hear the message.

    I would love to hear what others say. Thanks for the good question! Tricia šŸ™‚

    • You are absolutely right. Showing is much more important than saying. Thank you for highlighting that aspect.