October 22: International Stuttering Awareness Day

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October 22nd designates International Stuttering Awareness Day as a way to bring awareness for this speech fluency disorder. The main purpose of International Stuttering Awareness Day is to: Change public attitudes and eliminate discrimination toward people who stutter and Promote self-esteem and increase opportunities for people who stutter so that they can reach their goals and aspirations. More than 60 million people around the world stutter. This means that while talking, they repeat syllables, words or sounds. People who stutter also extend sounds or experience unwanted interruptions in their speech. They know what they want to say, but are not able to produce a normal flow of speech. Primary causes of stuttering include genetics, child development, family dynamics and neurophysiology. One of the best ways to treat stuttering is through speech therapy. Those who stutter might be pleased to know they are not alone. In fact, there are famous people who have been known to stutter. Some of them include James Earl Jones, Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe. Despite their speech fluency disorder, they all lead successful and victorious lives. The Stuttering Foundation, The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, International Stuttering Association, and the National Stuttering Association all come together to observe International Stuttering Awareness Day. Global Events include awareness events, media campaigns and educational activities. If you know someone who stutters, this annual observance is a great day to provide your support and encouragement. Educate yourself and others on stuttering. Always raise your voice or stand up to people who make fun of or bully those who stutter.

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