Stuttering is a frustrating and embarrassing problem for millions of people, but it can be especially tough on elementary school-age children.
Help is available for parents, teachers, and speech-language pathologists at most public libraries in the form of a DVD designed to help school-age children who stutter.
The 38-minute DVD, entitled “Therapy in Action: The School-age Child Who Stutters,” is available locally at the Way Public Library in Perrysburg.
“It’s meant to give speech-language pathologists the tools they need to deal with stuttering in this age group, but it also offers good ideas for parents and teachers,” said Professor Peter Ramig of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ramig is one of five nationally recognized experts appearing in the DVD produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation.
The DVD features students from first through sixth grade, some of whom talk about their experiences with stuttering. They talk openly about the teasing they face from classmates and how their stuttering sometimes makes them feel about themselves.
“We focus on demonstrating a variety of therapy strategies that are appropriate in working with children who stutter,” adds Ramig. He appears in the DVD along with speech-language pathologists Barry Guitar, Ph.D., of the University of Vermont, Hugo H. Gregory, Ph.D., and June Campbell, M.A., of Northwestern University, and Patricia Zebrowski, P.D., of the University of Iowa.
The five experts answer questions about stuttering, refute myths and misconceptions, and present examples of therapy sessions showing how stuttering can be reduced.
More than three million Americans stutter, yet stuttering remains misunderstood by most people,” said Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation. “Myths such as believing people who stutter are less intelligent or suffer from psychological problems still persist despite research refuting these erroneous beliefs.”
“Therapy in Action: The School-age Child Who Stutters,” is produced by the 65-year-old nonprofit Stuttering Foundation.
It is available free of charge to public libraries nationwide. Libraries that wish to shelve it may contact the Foundation at 1-800-992-9392, e-mail
, or visit www.stutteringhelp.org or www.tartarmudez.org.