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Mind your Ps and Qs is an English language expression meaning "mind your manners", "mind your language", "be on your best behaviour", "watch what you're doing".

  • To our self.
  • To others.
  • How we talk about children who stutter.
  • How children who stutter hear us talk about stuttering generally.

Action: helpful self talk to counter stereotypes.

  • Gather evidence in real-life situations will lead to generating more balanced thoughts on the basis of their findings.
  • People can identify helpful self-talk that will positively influence their emotional reaction and behaviour in a situation.
  • Helpful self-talk can also be generated by reflecting on previous experiences that have gone well and what the person was saying to himself or herself at the time.


For the Speech and Language Therapist

  • Be aware of own thoughts, feelings and expectations around stuttering and our role as an SLT.
  • Communication trumps fluency.

Action: helpful self talk.

  • Handouts for teachers.
  • Powerpoint for school presentation.
  • Advice leaflet for parents (Generate discussion about what works in therapy  and helpful versus unhelpful advice).

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