My name is Paul Bailey. When I first moved to Omaha, I cooked in a corporate kitchen where I needed to interact with the customers. That meant constantly talking to them, which is a stutterer’s worst nightmare!
A local police officer stops a driver exceeding the speed limit. After the driver complies with the request to hand over his license and registration, the officer asks, “Where were you going?” The driver opens his mouth as if to speak, but no words come out.
The Stuttering Foundation created a free identification card available to all those who stutter. It is designed to help them identify themselves in a nonverbal way as someone who may have trouble speaking.
The Girl Who Stutters is a new, free e-book available from the Stuttering Foundation that’s perfect for young readers. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and SLPs should take note of this book for use with their elementary children, grandchildren, and students.
The thoughts of a stutterer. The moment you realize you are different. Your whole world changes. You speak and strange looks are given to you. A child looks at you and wonders what is wrong with you. You are entering school wondering if you will ever make any friends.
You never know what will come your way when you get up in the morning. One day in November 2014, I was contacted by a representative of a Portland, Oregon theatre company, Portland Center Stage, about consulting with an actor who was going to play a character who stutters.
Kendra Joyce’s mother, Kara Joyce, has stuttered her entire life. Of course that only makes her more special in Kendra’s eyes. “My mom has always been a beautiful singer and has written some beautiful songs in her lifetime,” Kendra tells us.