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National Stuttering Awareness Week: May 12-18

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We know a lot of successful people have a stuttering problem, and have figured out how to adapt and overcome in spite of their communicative challenges. James Earl Jones, Winston Churchill, Carley Simon and Mel Tillis all had some sort of stuttering problem (just to name a few).

Stuttering, or stammering as it has also been called, is a speech disorder in which the speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables and words or phrases as well as involuntary silent pauses or blocks in which a person who stutters is unable to produce sounds.

Stuttering awareness week is a special nationwide commitment to:

  • Educate people about the complex disorder
  • Work toward the prevention of stuttering in children
  • Let people know that help is available
  • Promote research to find the causes of stuttering and a possible cure

Anything that hurts your ability to communicate, limits your life. If you, your child or someone you know has a stuttering problem, there are free materials to help.

Simply contact The Stuttering Foundation at 1-800-992-9392 or visit their website at

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