Many children who stutter have never met anyone else who struggles to speak like they do. But in this new video from The Stuttering Foundation, viewers meet other kids who recount how they handle challenges such as teasing, speaking out in class, and teaching others about stuttering.
Stuttering: For Kids By Kids 2.0 is a new film starring real kids who stutter. Many children who stutter have never met anyone else who struggles to speak like they do. But in this new video from the Stuttering Foundation, they meet other kids who recount how they handle challenges such as teasing, speaking out in class, and teaching others about stuttering.
Kyle, a lively and engaging animated skateboarder, designed by Dream Farm Studios, narrates the film. The stars are children ranging from first graders to high school students, offering frank and sometimes differing views of stuttering.
For example, Matthew, age 10, says about his speech difficulties, “It’s no big deal;” while Kate, age 9, worries about talking, what is going to happen next and whether or not she’ll stutter. Arianne , age 14, says, “The hardest part about stuttering is to get through it and to stay in there when you’re stuck.” Umang, age 12, agrees, “Sometimes it gets kind of annoying when you want to say something and you can’t. I also get worried what other people might think if I do stutter and wonder if I’ll be able to get out of my blocks.”
“All those interested in helping kids learn more about stuttering will want to see this video,” said speech-language pathologist Dr. Ellen Kelly. “The children featured show all of us how to openly and honestly handle stuttering.”
“This is an important tool for families and teachers with students who stutter, too,” added Jane Fraser, president of the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation.
This video is available in our streaming video library
From the Fall 2022 Magazine