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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 www.stutteringhelp.org and www.tartamudez.org. We work toward the prevention and improved treatment of stuttering, reaching over a million people a year.