Provided by the Stuttering Foundation of America
¥ Over three million Americans stutter. ¥ Stuttering affects four times as many males as females. ¥ People who stutter are as intelligent and well- adjusted as non-stutterers. ¥ Despite decades of research, there are no clear- cut answers to the causes of stuttering, but much has been learned about factors which contribute to its development. ¥ As a result, tremendous progress has been made in the prevention of stuttering in young children. ¥ People who stutter are self-conscious about their stuttering and often let the disability determine the vocation they choose. ¥ There are no instant miracle cures for stuttering. Therapy is not an overnight process. ¥ Some 25 percent of ALL children go through a stage of development during which they stutter. Some four percent may stutter for six months or more. ¥ Stuttering becomes an increasingly formidable problem in the teen years as dating and social interaction begin. ¥ A qualified clinician can help not only children but also teenagers, young adults and even older adults make significant progress toward fluency. ¥ Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Carly Simon, James Earl Jones, Ken Venturi, Bob Love, John Updike, Lewis Carroll, and King George VI-- all stuttered and went on to have successful lives. * * * * * * * ¥ The Stuttering Foundation of America maintains a toll-free Hotline on Stuttering 1-800-992-9392. Call for free information brochures and a nationwide resource list of speech-language pathologists who specialize in stuttering. ¥ The Stuttering Foundation, the first non-profit, charitable organization in the world to concern itself with the prevention and improved treatment of stuttering, has distributed over three million publications to both the public and professionals.