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In the pre-Internet era of the early 1990s, actor Sam Neill seemed to be one of the few celebrities who was open about his stuttering in both print and broadcast media. At the time, he spoke openly of his stuttering on entertainment shows in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

Dr. Frederick Murray, 89, whose stuttering began suddenly and violently at an early age, is a retired speech pathologist who taught at the University of New Hampshire and directed the stuttering therapy program there for many years. 

The Washington Post ran an article by Dr. Leana Wen about an experience she had in the emergency room treating a patient who stutters. She touched on her own experience with stuttering. After that article ran, we interviewed Dr. Wen.

It may seem paradoxical, but word retrieval is faster when a child knows more words and has a better “network” that creates connections among them.

The stuttering community would like to honor Gord Lane as an all-star whose openness about his stuttering during his days with the Islanders put a human face on the speech problem and gave hope to others who were struggling with stuttering.

As a young boy, I was confident in myself and enjoyed being the center of attention. I liked to have fun and laugh, and stuttering did not begin to affect me until my middle school days and worsened in my teenage years.

The Stuttering Foundation has been able to spread the word about stuttering thanks to local, regional, national and international publications donating space for our Public Service Ads. 

The Stuttering Foundation is a global resource distributing millions of publications annually to people in 136 countries around the world. Every year we train hundreds of professionals through conferences, workshops, webinars, and symposia.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association held its November convention in Orlando, and the Stuttering Foundation was there to spread the word about stuttering to the nearly 14,000 attendees.

Lisa A. Scott, Ph.D., Vice President for Education for the Stuttering Foundation, was elected a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), which has 173,000 members. Fellowship is one of the highest forms of recognition given by ASHA of an individual’s accomplishments and is a public declaration of outstanding professional achievements.