National Stuttering Awareness Week

May 13th – 19th, 2013 marks this year’s National Stuttering Awareness Week (NSAW) which was established in 1988 by an act of Congress. NSAW is a time to educate and raise awareness about stuttering.

What is stuttering?

Stuttering affects a person’s speech and usually begins during childhood; in some cases, stuttering lasts throughout a lifetime. Stuttering is characterized by disfluencies or disruptions in the production of speech sounds. Most of us produce disfluencies from time to time such as repeating some words or by saying “um” or “uh”. Disfluencies can impede communication when someone produces too many of them. In the majority of cases, stuttering has an impact on some daily activities; however this varies from person to person. Some people may restrict their participation in these activities because they are concerned about how others may react to their disfluent speech. Stuttering is diagnosed by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) during an evaluation and, as part of treatment, there are programs designed to teach the person specific skills or behaviors that can lead to better communication. To learn more about stuttering, how it is diagnosed, and what treatments are available, please visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s page on stuttering. You can also visit them if you are looking for an SLP.

Where can I find resources related to stuttering?

The National Stuttering Association has chapters across the US that offer support groups tailored for children, teens, and adults. The University of Wisconsin’s Family Village page on stuttering provides great information on who to contact, where to go to chat with others online, links to FAQs on stuttering, and other resources. The Stuttering Foundation offers resources for parents, children, teens, adults, teachers, SLPs, physicians, and employers.

We ran a search on REHABDATA and found a large range of articles. Here is a sample of what we found:

  • A life-time of stuttering: How emotional reactions to stuttering impact activities and participation in older people. NARIC Accession Number: J57984.
  • Dual tasking and stuttering: From the laboratory to the clinic. NARIC Accession Number: J61548.
  • Assistive technology makes a difference in the lives of people who stutter. NARIC Accession Number: J50572.

To find more articles, please visit REHABDATA.

About mpgarcia

I'm the Bilingual Information/Media Specialist at NARIC.
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