May 9, 2022
(Rockville, MD) In recognition of National Stuttering Awareness Week, which runs from Monday, May 9, through Sunday, May 15, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is encouraging the public to learn more about stuttering and how speech-language pathologists (SLPs) support confident communication.
ASHA offers a variety of educational resources about stuttering at www.asha.org/stuttering-toolkit/, covering topics such as communication tips for people who stutter and their loved ones, when to consider seeking help for stuttering, and intervention options for children and adults. Also included are public service announcements that feature Taro Alexander, an ASHA Annie (Glenn) Award recipient and founder of SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young. A person who stutters himself, Alexander conveys—in compelling terms—what he experienced growing up and what the public can do to be helpful and understanding.
For the sake of all people who stutter, ASHA wishes to inform the public of the following:
ASHA encourages the public to seek help from SLPs—highly trained professionals who provide services to people who stutter. These services can make an important and positive difference in their lives. Visit www.asha.org/profind for a searchable database of SLPs nationwide. Board-certified stuttering specialists can be found at www.stutteringspecialists.org. Parents and caregivers of children who stutter can also be connected to help through early intervention programs or by reaching out to their local school system to ask for an evaluation.
Experts about stuttering are available for media interviews. Contact Francine Pierson, ASHA Associate Director of Public Relations, at 301-296-8715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 223,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) identify, assess, and treat speech, language, and swallowing disorders.