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Disability, Re-Entry and Veteran Services
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173960
Bozeman, MT 59717-3960


Tel: (406) 994-2824
TTY: (406) 994-6701
Fax: (406) 994-3943

180 Strand Union Building

Brenda York

> Office of Disability, Re-Entry and Veteran Services  > Disabled Student Services
Speech Impairments
  • Give complete, unhurried attention when talking to someone who has difficulty speaking.

  • If understanding the person is troublesome, don't simply pretend to understand. Ask the student to repeat what was said. If this doesn't work, use writing as an alternative form of communication.

  • If distracting noise makes it more difficult to understanding the person, move to a quieter location.

  • Be patient and do not speak for people. Let them complete their own sentences.

  • When necessary, ask short questions that require short answers (or a nod, or shake of the head).

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