If you stutter, please know there are countless resources available that will encourage you and remind you that you are not alone. One wonderful resource for me is the Stuttering Foundation. You can find their website at http://www.stutteringhelp.org/
The Stuttering Foundation works to provide support, current research, and helpful resources for those who stutter. On the website you will find resources for both parents and children, speech pathologist referrals, basic facts about stuttering, videos, news articles, and much more. One of the most amazing sections of this website is an extensive list of famous people who stutter. Celebrities such as James Earl Jones, Elvis Presley, Emily Blunt, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Willis, Tiger Woods, and John Stossel beat the odds and built successful careers in spite of their stutters. Behind each of these names is a fighting spirit that refused to give up. They found their voice again. . .and so can you!
Scrolling through this website reminds me that I am not alone on this journey. It touches my heart to see people fighting courageously to redefine beautiful. I believe that this website will uplift you, motivate you, and remind you that you can make a difference…one flawlessly spoken word at a time.
Additional resources include:
- Out with It by Katherine Preston (Note: While this is a fantastic book overall about Katherine Preston’s journey, I must caution you about the frequent use of language and questionable references in the book. My mom crossed out all of the swear words with a black sharpie and ripped out an entire chapter before I was allowed to read it. However, Katherine’s story about accepting her stutter is heartwarming and inspiring. Besides the issues mentioned above, I highly recommend this book as a wonderful resource.)
- Stuttering: Getting Unstuck by Cheri Jensen
- The Stuttering Association for the Young at http://www.say.org/
- James Earl Jones: Overcoming Adversity by Judy L. Hasday
- The Mighty, an outstanding organization created to inspire people around the world with a wide range of disability, including stuttering. You can find them at http://themighty.com/
- The National Stuttering Association at http://www.westutter.org/
- FRIENDS, The National Association of Young People Who Stutter, at http://www.friendswhostutter.org/