With Thanksgiving upon us and Jimmy Fallon set to take over the reins of The Tonight Show from Jay Leno after the 2014 Winter Olympics in late February, The Stuttering Foundation would like to express thanks that The Tonight Show has given the stuttering community many much needed boosts over the last 50 years.
Your teacher has posed a question to be answered by each student in turn. As each replies, your turn to answer is approaching. Your heart is pounding in panic, your mouth is parched dry with anxiety that you will have difficulty saying the word or expression to convey your thoughts. You have no confidence that you can reply without stuttering.
You’ve graduated from college! Woo hoo! Your friends and family are so excited! Everyone is telling you, “This is it!”, “Today begins the rest of your life!”, “You’re gonna miss homework once you get a taste of the real world!”, and “No more summer vacations for you!”
Singing is an activity that many children love. When we sing together in a happy and confidence-building atmosphere, the brain reacts by secreting chemical substances known as neurotransmitters, dopamine and noradrenalin.
This year’s International Stuttering Awareness Day theme (People Who Stutter Supporting Each Other) inspired me to read numerous articles by those who stutter and to listen to some classic podcasts on StutterTalk which has lead to this post on how to pick a SLP who understands stuttering.
It is likely that few people in North America know the name Hrithik Roshan. He is currently the biggest movie star in Bollywood, and many cinema critics feel that Roshan could be the first Bollywood star to make the transition to Hollywood star.
With the worldwide attention given to American Idol contestant Lazaro Arbos in early 2013, the stuttering community has been heartened by how the young singer has put a human face on stuttering. Articles abound telling how almost all people who stutter can sing fluently. There are many famous people who stutter who have had brilliant singing careers.
An exciting new book for children, The Teacher Who Made a Difference, written by noted children’s author Corrine M. Litzenberg, is now available. The story portrays the close relationship Corinne has with her teacher, Mrs. Mabel. They work their way through challenging situations related to Corinne’s stuttering.
Concerned parents who want to help their children who stutter have a new resource to turn to. The Stuttering Foundation has released a new 16-minute video, 7 Tips for Talking with the Child Who Stutters, that offers practical strategies parents can use to support their young children’s communication skills and build their confidence.