The Stuttering Foundation of America
by Jane Fraser
The Stuttering Foundation has actively increased its focus on young people of all ages.
Below you will find a list of the many programs and services that The Stuttering Foundation provides children and teens who stutter and their families.
- Exciting DVD/videotape, Stuttering: For Kids, By Kids, newly available fall 2004!! This 12-minute DVD depicts kids talking to other kids about school, teasing, what bugs them about stuttering; it lets kids know that they are not alone.
- SFA quarterly newsletter currently has a section by and for children who stutter.
- New video for teens, Do You Stutter: Straight Talk for Teens, a 30-minute videotape featuring David Wilkins, a high school senior, as narrator.
- An 80-page book just for teens entitled Do You Stutter: A Guide for Teens, now in its third edition.
- Classroom Presentation packet - This exciting and cool tool makes classroom presentations easy, fun and entertaining. Packet includes color posters of famous people who stutter and color brochures including a fact sheet on stuttering, how to react when speaking with someone who stutters, and famous people who stutter.
- Sometimes I Just Stutter, a 40-page book for kids ages 7-12, is available free of charge online or can be obtained for only $2 to partially cover postage and handling. The book is also available online in Spanish and in Italian.
- The Power Game helps teens manage stuttering, increase awareness, change attitudes and feelings about stuttering, and develop strategies for dealing with daily challenges.
- Just for Kids coming on our web site at www.stutteringhelp.org
- Individual letters of response to requests for information from kids made through our web site or toll-free helpline, 1-800-992-9392.
- A list on our web site at www.stutteringhelp.org of over 6000 public libraries that shelve SFA materials that can be checked out for free.
- A database on the web by geographic area of speech-language pathologists who specialize in treating stuttering to help parents find a therapist or program near them that is right for their child.
- Preschool books for parents and SLPs: If Your Child Stutters: A Guide for Parents, 6th edition, Stuttering and Your Child: Questions and Answers, 3rd edition, La Tartamudez y Su Nino: Preguntas y Respuestas and Si Su Hijo Tartamudea: Una Guia para los Padres, 6th edicion.
- Preschool videotape/DVD, Stuttering and Your Child: Help for Families, a 30-minute videotape for parents and other family members and caregivers. This wonderful tape is also available in Spanish, La tartamudez y su nino: una guia para la familia.
- New for fall 2004, Working With Preschoolers Who Stutter: Successful Intervention Strategies. This new 1 hour-50 minute DVD/video is the first of its kind. It outlines and demonstrates strategies for successful assessment and intervention with preschool children who stutter.
- A Spanish-language web site, www.tartamudez.org
Many brochures that focus on issues for children and teens are freely available online on the Stuttering Foundation of America website at http://www.stutteringhelp.org/brochures/brochure.htm, including:
Our mission is to provide resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families.
- If You Think Your Child Is Stuttering - Explains the difference between normal speech development and stuttering in the young child and gives nine new tips for parents and others on how to help the disfluent child. .
- Notes to the Teacher: The Child Who Stutters at School - Answers for teachers about how to help the child who stutters in the classroom. .
- Why Speech Therapy - Tells what to look for and what to expect from therapy. An important tool for finding a therapist and setting realistic goals. .
- Special Education Law & Children Who Stutter - Explains in straightforward language how children are identified, screened, evaluated and determined to be eligible for services in the schools. .
- Stuttering and the Bilingual Child - Gives guidelines on how to help the bilingual child who stutters. It offers suggestions for reducing language demands on those children and includes ideas for structuring therapy. .
- Tips on Tourette's, Stuttering. .
- Neurogenic Stuttering: Some Guidelines -- What it is and how to help. .
- How to React When Speaking with Someone Who Stutters - Lets the readers know how to react when interacting with someone who stutters and how to put them at ease.
- Using the Telephone: A Guide for Those Who Stutter - A helpful guide for those who have difficulty speaking on the telephone. .
- Cluttering: Some Guidelines - What it is and how to help. .
- Down's Syndrome and Stuttering - Discusses the effect of Down's Syndrome on fluency and how to help people with Down's Syndrome. .
- Did You Know... - A fact sheet about stuttering. .
- Si Usted Cree Que Su Nino Tartamudea--a Spanish translation of If You Think Your Child Is Stuttering. .
- El Nino Que Tartamudea en la Escuela - a Spanish translation of Notes to the Teacher: The Child Who Stutters at School. .
- Utilizando el telefono - a Spanish translation of Using the Telephone. .
- Como Reaccionar Delante De Una Persona Que Tartamudea - a Spanish translation of How to React When Speaking with Someone Who Stutters.
The SFA reaches out to parents and children in many ways. We continue to work on new projects for kids of all ages. Most are provided at little or no cost.
Additionally, the SFA provides a wealth of resources for SLPs. These include information and training on everything from working with preschoolers - a brand new DVD just out - to counseling parents of children who stutter, including options for affordable CEUs in fluency.
For more information, call or email the Foundation at 1-800-992-9392, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the web sites at www.stutteringhelp.org and www.tartamudez.org.
You can post Questions/comments to any or all of the authors before October 22, 2004.