DVD on stuttering available at library

WEIRTON – “Stuttering and Your Child: Help for Parents” is available for lending at the Mary H. Weir Public Library.

The DVD helps parents detect stuttering and is available in English and Spanish.

Produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation, the film describes what kinds of stuttering young children may exhibit, how parents can help at home, and the role of a speech pathologist in evaluating and treating children who stutter. As many as 5 percent of preschool children nationwide have repetitions and prolongations of sounds severe enough to be of concern to their parents.

Experts appearing include Barry Guitar of University of Vermont in Burlington, Peter Ramig of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Diane Hill of Northwestern University, Dr. Patricia Zebrowski of the University of Iowa and Kristin Chmela of Northwestern University.

These experts address common concerns parents have about their child, such as how to help the child at home and whether to seek the advice of a speech pathologist.

Strategies parents can use to help reduce stuttering are given throughout the DVD and include reducing the number of questions they ask the child, focusing on taking turns during conversations, and making time to read or talk with the child in a relaxed manner.

Books and DVDs are available free to any public library. A library that will shelve them can contact the Foundation at (800) 992-9392, email info@stutteringhelp.org or visit www.stutteringhelp.org or www.tartarmudez.org.