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In Their Own Words: Kids Who Stutter Star in New Spanish Video

















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    MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kids who stutter
 have a lot to say, and friends can show them how in Stuttering: For Kids By
 Kids, a new DVD now in Spanish starring real kids who stutter.
 
 
 
     The Stuttering Foundation is offering this free streaming online at
 www.tartamudez.org and www.stutteringhelp.org.
 
 
 
     Many children who stutter have never met anyone else who struggles with
 the same disability. But in this new video from the Stuttering Foundation,
 they meet other kids who recount how they handle challenges such as
 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 video.
 
 
 
     The children, who range in age from first-graders to high school
 students, offer frank and sometimes differing views of stuttering.
 
 
 
     For example, Matthew, age 10, says about his speech difficulties, "It's
 no big deal;" but Kate, age 9, worries about talking, what is going to
 happen next and whether or not she'll stutter. Arianne, age 14, says, "The
 hardest part about stuttering is to get through it and to stay in there
 when you're stuck." Umang, age 12, agrees, "Sometimes it gets kind of
 annoying when you want to say something and you can't. I also get worried
 what other people might think if I do stutter and wonder if I'll be able to
 get out of my blocks and things."
 
 
 
     "All those interested in helping kids learn more about stuttering will
 want to see this tape," said speech-language pathologist Bill Murphy of
 Purdue University. "The children featured are a perfect example of how to
 openly and honestly handle stuttering." "This is an important tool for
 families and teachers of kids who stutter too," added Jane Fraser,
 president of the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation.
 
 
 
     Other professionals who contributed to this production include Joe
 Donaher, M.A., of the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, Kristin Chmela,
 M.A., of Northwestern University, and Lisa Scott, Ph.D., of The Florida
 State University.
 
 
 
     The Stuttering Foundation offers many free resources in Spanish,
 including downloadable brochures, at www.tartamudez.org.
 
 
 
     For additional information, call the Stuttering Foundation toll-free at
 800-992-9392, visit www.tartamudez.org and www.stutteringhelp.org, or write
 info@stutteringhelp.org.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE Stuttering Foundation

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