Monday, May 8, marks the beginning of National Stuttering Awareness Week, a weeklong spotlight on the condition affecting more than 80 million people worldwide. During this year’s observance, the Stuttering Foundation, the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to helping those who stutter, is sharing a list of “5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Stuttering” to raise awareness and promote understanding for people who stutter.

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Stuttering

1. Singing and Stuttering: People don’t stutter when they sing! In fact, there are contestants that have appeared on American Idol and America’s Got Talent who have shared their personal experience with stuttering. Check out our list of Famous People Who Stutter for several world-renowned singers who also stutter.

2. Male vs. Female: Stuttering affects three to four times as many males as females. Our own data on phone calls received from concerned parents supports this finding.

3. 80 Million People Stutter: More than 80 million people worldwide stutter, which is about 1% of the global population. That’s more than the population of the France! In the U.S. alone, there are more than 3 million people who stutter.

4. 5% of Children Stutter: Approximately 5% of all children go through a period of stuttering that lasts six months or more. Three-quarters of those will recover by late childhood, leaving about 1% with a long-term stutter. The best prevention tool is early intervention.

5. People Who Stutter Are Smart: People who stutter are as smart and capable as anyone else. Many exceptionally smart, talented, and successful people struggle with stuttering. Check out our list of Famous People Who Stutter for several examples of smart and talented people!

For more than 75 years, the Stuttering Foundation has served as a trusted resource for the stuttering community, offering brochures, e-books, podcasts, videos, a magazine, virtual learning sessions and multiple social media channels to spread timely and accurate information about stuttering.

Posted May 3, 2023