Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter



By William P. Murphy, Robert W. Quesal, Nina Reardon-Reeves, and J. Scott Yaruss

ISBN: 978-0-9837538-1-0


Many children who stutter report that they are bullied about their speech. As a result, they often struggle with reduced self-esteem, fear, and feelings of social isolation that make it even harder for them to communicate effectively. The tested strategies in Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter can help your clients break free from the burden of bullying. Our authors are stuttering specialists with many years of clinical and research experience in this field. They have developed a comprehensive program to help speech-language pathologists support students who stutter and work collaboratively with parents, teachers, and school administrators. Each component of the program includes worksheets, forms, therapy activities, and rationale so that everyone involved can work together to diminish--and even prevent--the negative consequences of bullying.

For clinicians working with children and teens ages 6 to 18 in public schools and private practice. Appropriate for graduate students, practicing clinicians, and experienced specialists.


  • The core of the Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter program is a 125-page therapy guide filled with strategies and activities to reduce the effects of bullying for students who stutter.
    • A Practical Guide for SLPs includes detailed instructions and worksheets for implementing advanced clinical techniques such as cognitive restructuring, desensitization, role-playing, and classroom presentations.
  • The program also includes 3 targeted workbooks, to ensure that everyone on the student's support team is working together to minimize bullying.
    • A Workbook for Students includes all the forms, worksheets, treatment goals, activities, and resources referenced in the SLP guide. Each student uses their own copy to learn about bullying and to personalize their therapy by recording their activities and reflections.
    • A Workbook for Parents helps parents understand the goals of therapy and the many ways they can help their children overcome the combined challenges of stuttering and bullying. Parents will appreciate guidelines for identifying bullying situations, sample conversations for discussing bullying with their children, and ideas for empowering their children to respond effectively to bullies.
    • A Workbook for Teachers and Administrators helps school personnel understand the purpose of stuttering therapy and outlines many ways they can limit bullying and support children who stutter.
  • Additional workbooks are available with discounts for multiple copies, to ensure that you always have enough copies on hand. (See related products.)

The Minimizing Bullying Program Offers...

  • Real-world activities that SLPs, students, parents, and teachers can use immediately.
  • Practice worksheets to guide students and clinicians through making a problem-solving plan.
  • Strategies and rationale for working with students who face the unique challenge of dealing with bullying as a person who stutters.
  • Lessons and activities that are customized for children who stutter but which are equally effective for all children who have to deal with bullying.
  • Up-to-date information about cyberbullying, school bullying prevention programs, and community resources.
  • A step-by-step plan written in practical language that shows exactly how to help children who are being bullied.


Chapter 1: What SLPs Need to Know about Bullying & Stuttering

  • Different kinds of bullying, including cyberbullying
  • Stuttering is not anyone’s fault
  • Stuttering varies
  • Modifying speech is hard work
  • Stuttering is not fun

Chapter 2: What SLPs Can Do to Minimize Bullying

  • Teach children about stuttering and bullying
  • Help children think differently about stuttering
  • Desensitization
  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Help children develop appropriately assertive responses
  • Responding to bullies
  • Defusing bullies
  • Role-playing
  • Help children educate their peers: The classroom presentation

Chapter 3: What Students Can Do

  • Children who stutter are the experts!
  • Teach others about stuttering
  • Let stuttering out
  • Understand why bullies bully
  • Create a plan
  • Children who stutter are not alone: Support organizations

Chapter 4: What Parents Can Do

  • Identify bullying
  • Understand the players
  • Listen and provide support
  • Empathetic listening
  • “Bully-proof” the child
  • Build the child’s self-esteem
  • Create a safe place to stutter
  • Address cyberbullying

Chapter 5: What Teachers and School Administrators Can Do:

  • Help children learn to solve problems
  • Address cyberbullying
  • Help bullies become good citizens
  • Train ALL school personnel
  • Provide administrative support for teachers
  • Teach tolerance
  • Don’t fall for the “kids will be kids” mentality


  • CHECKING IN about Bullying
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Changing Worried Thoughts into Calm Thoughts
  • Let’s Make a Movie!
  • Movie Screening Tickets

And More! 118 pages.

Stuttering Therapy Resources donates 10% of the proceeds from this book to the National Stuttering Association.nsaLogoCopyright (c) 2013. Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc.