New videotape addresses teens concerns about stuttering
Stuttering is a frustrating and embarrassing problem for millions of people, but it can be especially tough on teenagers.
Now some new help is available at the Kirkland Public Library in Kirkland, Ill. and the Cherry Valley District Library in Cherry Valley, Ill. in the form of a new videotape.
Its meant to encourage teens, to tell them that there is hope out there, said Professor Peter Ramig of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ramig is one of three nationally recognized experts appearing in the video produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation.
The video features students from junior high school through college talking about their experiences with stuttering and what they found to be helpful.
The students talk openly about the ridicule they faced from classmates and how their stuttering made them feel about themselves.
We really try to emphasize the embarrassment and frustration factor, and we think teens will relate to that, adds Ramig. He appears in the video along with speech-language pathologists Dr. Barry Guitar of the University of Vermont and Dr. Hugo Gregory of Northwestern University.
The three 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.
The 35-minute videotape, entitled Do You Stutter: Straight Talk for Teens, is being distributed free of charge to public libraries nationwide. For more information about how to obtain a copy of this tape, contact the Stuttering Foundation, P.O. Box 11749, Memphis, TN 38111-0749, or call toll free at 1-800-992-9392.