Stuttering is a frustrating and embarrassing problem for millions of people, but it can be especially tough on teenagers. Help is available at most public libraries.
Teens often face ridicule from classmates, and their stuttering affects their lives in various ways. They deal daily with embarrassment and frustration. There is hope, and stuttering can be reduced.
NBA basketball star Kenyon Martin, news anchor John Stossel, and actors James Earl Jones and Nicholas Brendon are just a few of the many celebrities who struggle with stuttering. A list of famous people who stutter and a downloadable poster can be found at www.stutteringhelp.org.
More than three million Americans stutter, yet stuttering remains misunderstood by most people,” said Jane Fraser, president of the 66-year-old Stuttering Foundation of America. “Myths such as believing people who stutter are less intelligent or suffer from psychological problems still persist despite research refuting these erroneous beliefs.”
Books and DVDs produced by the 66-year-old nonprofit Stuttering Foundation are available free to any public library. A library that will shelve them can contact the Foundation at 1-800-992-9392, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.stutteringhelp.org or www.tartarmudez.org.
A copy is available locally at the Avon Free Library in Avon, NY.