MEMPHIS, Tenn. (July 17, 2008) — Kids aren't the only ones who are apprehensive on the first day of school. Teachers are too. If a student stutters, should you call on him in class, or will that make it worse? Do you talk with him about his stuttering, or ignore it hoping it goes away? Does it help to tell the student to relax or slow down?
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (July 1, 2008) — Written and illustrated by 8-year-old Jamie, Trouble at Recess describes the trials and tribulations that many children who stutter encounter both in the classroom and on the playground.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (April 30, 2008) — Playing professional football is easier than speaking. Just ask Darren Sproles, the San Diego Chargers football player who made history last season by returning a kickoff and a punt for his first two NFL touchdowns in the same game. The running back, who became aware of his struggle with stuttering at age 4, says the problem became more pronounced when he was a star football player at Kansas State University.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Feb. 19, 2008) — Treatment for stuttering is based upon each child’s needs, and this is particularly true when autism is present. A child with autism who stutters may find social interaction and self-monitoring more difficult. Therefore, stuttering treatment will focus on using speech in social settings.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Feb. 11, 2008) — Kids who stutter have a lot to say, and friends can show them how in Stuttering: For Kids By Kids, a new DVD now in Spanish starring real kids who stutter.
For the three million Americans who stutter, not being able to say their own name is just one of the many challenges which confront them as they start their work day.
January 9, 2008 MEMPHIS, Tenn. – For many people, ringing in the New Year brings hope and joyful anticipation. But for those who struggle with stuttering, the old fears of speaking and being teased are the same.
“I was picked on so much about my stuttering,” recalls 16-year old Peter, “that I wouldn’t even go to lunch because I didn’t want to sit at a table by myself.”
“I don’t raise my hand in class because I’m worried about what others might think,” says 14-year old Juan.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Oct. 22, 2007) — The Stuttering Foundation awarded the documentary, Find Yourself a Dream: The Bob Love Story, its 2007 first-place media award. A special $1,000 cash prize will be presented to Bob Love and America’s Film Fund to celebrate the Foundation’s 60th year.
The Foundation also selected three runner-up winners for successfully enhancing public understanding of this complex speech disorder during the past year. First runner-up winner will receive $250, second runner-up winner will get $100, and third runner-up winner will be awarded $50.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 13, 2007) — Stuttering continues to puzzle scientists as they work to find a cause and a cure for this distressing speech problem. A new movie, Rocket Science, shines a spotlight on the disability that affects three million Americans.
The movie, about a high school boy who stutters who is encouraged to join the debate team by a female classmate, was written, directed, and produced by Jeffrey Blitz, who has struggled with stuttering since childhood.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 6, 2007) — The teasing that hurts all children is doubly hurtful to those who stutter.
Teachers can help by addressing both teasing and stuttering at the beginning of the school year following expert advice in a new brochure published by The Stuttering Foundation.