WEIRTON - The Mary H. Weir Public Library now has a "Stuttering: For Kids By Kids," a video featuring children who stutter from the Stuttering Foundation, available.
"This is an important tool for families and teachers of kids who stutter," said Jane Fraser, Stuttering Foundation president.
Many children who stutter have never met anyone else who struggles with the same disability, but, in the video, kids recount how they handle challenges such as teasing, speaking out in class and teaching others about stuttering.
Swish, an animated basketball character designed by students at Purdue University, narrates the video. The children, who range in age from first-graders to high school students, offer frank and sometimes differing views of stuttering.
"All those interested in helping kids learn more about stuttering will want to see this tape," said Bill Murphy, Purdue University speech-language pathologist. "The children featured are a perfect example of how to openly and honestly handle stuttering."
Other noted professionals and specialists in stuttering taking part in this new production include Kristin A. Chmela, Northwestern University; Joe Donaher, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Lisa Scott of Florida State University; and Lee Caggiano of the support group for children, Friends.
Oct. 22 is National Stuttering Day.
Books and DVDs produced by the Stuttering Foundation are available free to any public library. A library that will shelve them can contact the Foundation at (800) 992-9392, e-mail info @stutteringhelp.org or visit www.stutteringhelp.org or www.tartamudez.org.