MEMPHIS, Tenn. (January 16, 2011) — Jane Fraser, president of The Stuttering Foundation (www.stutteringhelp.org), issued the following reaction to tonight’s Golden Globe Awards:
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Jan. 10, 2011) — With the release of the critically acclaimed new film, The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, it is most timely to highlight the plight of those who stutter and the resources that are available to them. This incredibly complex disorder affects millions of people worldwide.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Oct. 18, 2010) — At a time when more than 3 million Americans stutter, the Stuttering Foundation and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) are collaborating to raise awareness among parents and caregivers about the warning signs and the benefits of early intervention of stuttering. The effort is the organizations’ way of marking International Stuttering Awareness Day on October 22. Nearly 5% of all children under the age of 7 go through a period of stuttering. Children often stutter when learning to talk, and at times their speech may not be smooth.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (June 1, 2010) — For children who stutter, summer break can be anything but a vacation. As many as 5% of all children stutter during some point in their young lives. According to Jane Fraser, president of the non-profit Stuttering Foundation, "Stuttering is a very individualized problem. Some children may actually stutter more during the summer because their structure and routine have been taken away -- and that stress can cause more disfluencies."
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 10, 2010) — The Stuttering Foundation announces its 2010 Awards for Excellence in journalism today to celebrate stuttering awareness. “Journalists in a variety of settings have done an outstanding job of focusing on the causes and treatment of stuttering during the past year,” said Jane Fraser, president of the 63-year-old nonprofit foundation. “We were particularly excited about our new category this year that recognizes Internet media.”
Stuttering Foundation and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Join Forces to Raise Awareness More than three million Americans stutter, with children ages 2 to 5 affected most. Nearly 5 percent of all children go through some period of stuttering. But help for those who stutter is available. The Stuttering Foundation and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) are working together during National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 10 to 16) to raise awareness with parents that early intervention is crucial to help children who stutter.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Summer 2010) —The mystery behind a complex disorder called stuttering became a little clearer today with the announcement of the discovery of three genes for stuttering by Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., a director of the Stuttering Foundation and researcher for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. “This research is important because it’s another indication that emotional factors such as anxiety or ‘bad parenting’ do not cause stuttering. It could also point the way for a cure one day,” says Jane Fraser, president of the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Jan. 26, 2010) — The Stuttering Foundation announces it will recognize journalists for the 19th consecutive year for excellence in reporting that furthers the understanding of this complex disorder. “We are happy to announce these awards to further public awareness of stuttering,” said Jane Fraser. “Media coverage has grown substantially in volume and sensitivity in recent years. We want to continue recognizing outstanding reporters.”
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Jan. 4, 2010) — Parents who notice their young child beginning to stutter should seek help right away according to the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation. “In the past, experts incorrectly believed that paying attention to the child’s stuttering would exacerbate the situation,” said speech-language pathologist Lisa Scott, Ph.D. of The Florida State University. “Children who stutter will have significantly less disfluent speech and a higher recovery rate if they are treated when they are young.”
NEW ORLEANS (Nov. 13, 2009) — Vice President Joseph Biden has overcome many hurdles in life — including stuttering. In recognition of his perseverance, he will receive the Annie Glenn Award at this year’s American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention on Nov. 20 in New Orleans. Biden is one of many leaders from all backgrounds and political parties who have dealt effectively with stuttering. Others include Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr., British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf, former Alaska Gov. Bill Sheffield, Prince Albert of Monaco, and even King George VI.