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October 15, 2013 > Kids Who Stutter Star in DVD

Kids Who Stutter Star in DVD

Submitted By Patty Reed

Kids who stutter have a lot to say. This is certainly true in the Stuttering FoundationÕs ÒStuttering: For Kids, By Kids,Ó a DVD starring kids who stutter, available at most public libraries.

Many children who stutter have never met anyone else who struggles with the same disability. But in this DVD created by the non-profit organization, they meet other kids who recount how they handle challenges like teasing, speaking out in class, and teaching others about stuttering.

Swish, a lively and engaging animated basketball character designed by students at Purdue University, narrates the DVD. The children, who range in age from first graders to high school students, offer frank and sometimes differing views on stuttering.

ÒItÕs no big deal;Ó says Matthew, a 10-year-old, regarding his speech difficulties. Kate, a nine-year-old featured in the DVD, worries about talking, the unknown, and whether or not sheÕll stutter. ÒThe hardest part about stuttering is to get through it and to stay in there when youÕre stuck,Ó shares Arianne, a 14-year-old stutterer. Umang agrees with Arianne. ÒSometimes it gets kind of annoying when you want to say something and you canÕt,Ó the 12-year-old confesses. ÒI also get worried what other people might think if I do stutter and wonder if IÕll be able to get out of my blocks and things.Ó

ÒAll those interested in helping kids learn more about stuttering will want to see this tape,Ó said speech-language pathologist Bill Murphy of Purdue University. ÒThe children featured are a perfect example of how to openly and honestly handle stuttering.Ó

ÒThis is an important tool for families and teachers of kids who stutter,Ó added Jane Fraser, president of the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation. Other professionals and specialists in stuttering taking part in this production include Kristin A. Chmela, of Northwestern University, Joe Donaher, of ChildrenÕs Hospital of Philadelphia, Lisa Scott, of Florida State University, and Lee Caggiano, of ÒFriends,Ó a support group for children.

Oct. 22 is International Stuttering Awareness Day. Check out a copy of ÒStuttering: For Kids, By KidsÓ from the surrounding libraries that received a copy. They include: Alameda County Library in Fremont, Hayward Public Library, Oakland Public Library; and Union City Library.

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