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  • Over three million Americans stutter.
  • Stuttering affects three to four times as many males as females.
  • Approximately 5 percent of all children go through a period of stuttering that lasts six months or more. Three-quarters of those will recover by late childhood, leaving about 1% with a long-term problem.
  • Exciting new research in the areas of genetics, neurophysiology, child development, and family dynamics is shedding light on the possible causes of stuttering. As a result, we have made tremendous progress in the prevention of stuttering in young children.
  • Studies show that people who stutter are as intelligent and as well-adjusted as those who don't.
  • People who stutter are self-conscious about their stuttering and often let the disability determine the vocation they choose.
  • There are no instant miracle cures for stuttering.
  • Stuttering becomes an increasingly formidable problem in the teen years.
  • James Earl Jones, John Stossel, Kenyon Martin, Annie Glenn, Bill Walton, Mel Tillis, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Carly Simon, John Updike, Ken Venturi, Bob Love, King George VI- all famous people who stutter.

The Stuttering Foundation maintains a toll-free helpline, 800-992-9392, and two Web sites and We work toward the prevention and improved treatment of stuttering, reaching over a million people a year.