Stuttering Awareness Week is this week, and offers an opportunity to focus public attention on a complex disorder that touches 70 million people around the world and more than three million in the U.S. alone. I personally have two students, a friend's child, and a co-worker who stutter, so I know that it is probably a lot more prevalent than people realize.
“Actions speak so much louder than words,” said Jane Fraser, president
of the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation. “This year, the focus of our
effort to celebrate Stuttering Awareness Week is to spotlight helpful
activities everyone can do for the people who stutter in their lives.
One in five children stutters for at least a short period of time, and
one in 100 adults struggles with fluency on a regular basis. Most people
know someone – a family member, a friend, a coworker or a classmate –
The Stuttering Foundation, the largest nonprofit charitable
organization in the world working toward the prevention and improved
treatment of stuttering, offers the following activities to celebrate
Stuttering Awareness Week. Find more ways to help at www.StutteringHelp.org/NSAW.
Watch a New Video:
Know a person who stutters, a concerned mom or dad, or a school speech
therapist? Ask them if they’ve seen our most recent video titled Kids Who Stutter: Parents Speak available online or in DVD format featuring proven tips from parents and hands-on speech-language pathologists.
Find a Referral: Wonder where to turn for help? The Stuttering Foundation offers referrals to therapists in the U.S. and around the world.
Share Your Child’s Art: In our newsletters
and on our website, we often feature the drawings, letters and poems
created by children who stutter. Please help children who stutter to
understand they are not alone! Any child wishing to share their artwork
with us can do so by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include name, age, city and a permission letter from a parent.
Learn about a Famous Person Who Stutters: Learning
about famous people who stutter helps us to understand we are not alone
in our struggles with fluency. It provides hope and inspires our
community with the knowledge that great things can be achieved by people
who stutter. Read our ever-growing list of famous people who stutter.
Get Information: Visit your local public library
and ask if they have resource materials on stuttering from the
Stuttering Foundation. If they don’t shelve them, tell them they can get
a set very easily by contacting email@example.com.
When talking with a person who stutters, avoid finishing their
sentences unless they invite you to do so. Keep eye contact and be
patient – many people who stutter just need a little extra time to
finish their sentences. For more tips, see our brochure.