The Fox Valley Public Library is happy to share our new collection of books and DVDs from the Stuttering Foundation of America (www.stutteringhelp.org). If you or someone you love stutters, please know that you are not alone.
Over three million Americans, mostly males, stutter. Stuttering is “a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions (li-li-like this), prolongations (lllllike this), or abnormal stoppages (no sound) of sounds and syllables. There may also be unusual facial and body movements associated with the effort to speak. Stuttering is also referred to as stammering.”
While no one knows for sure what causes stuttering, experts believe there are “four factors most likely to contribute to the development of stuttering: genetics (approximately 60% of those who stutter have a family member who does also); child development (children with other speech and language problems or developmental delays are more likely to stutter); neurophysiology (recent neurological research has shown that people who stutter process speech and language slightly differently than those who do not stutter); and family dynamics (high expectations and fast-paced lifestyles can contribute to stuttering).”
There are many famous actors and musicians who have struggled with stuttering including Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, Emily Blunt, Marc Anthony, Marilyn Monroe and many others.
People who stutter often feel self-conscious when talking to strangers. But there is hope and help for those who stutter. Please check out some of our great new resources!
These stuttering facts and stuttering information are provided by the Stuttering Foundation of America.
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