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A plethora of articles about stuttering

If someone had told me five years ago that there would be a day when articles about stuttering were everywhere you turned – whether the newspaper, radio, internet or television news outlets – I would have been highly skeptical. After all, nobody talked about stuttering. Yet today, a little movie about a stuttering king has made the condition a hot topic in news media. The general public seems both interested and amused in stuttering because of the depiction of King George VI's struggle with his speech, and journalists are always happy to oblige the latest craze. Also people who stutter are feeling more comfortable talking and writing about their experience.

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Elaine Saitta interviewed

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Elaine Saitta, from Seattle, Washington, has been involved in organizations for people who stutter for many years, particularly the National Stuttering Organization. She attended the CSA conference in Vancouver in 1997, and later this year will be one of our keynote speakers at CSA 2011. In her work as a speech-language pathologist she treats clients of all ages, including young adults. In this moving interview by Pamela Mertz, Elaine speaks about how "coming out" as a person who stutters, and meeting other people who stutter, changed her life. Listen here.

The history of stuttering in movies

Slate mag

Slate Magazine has an excellent article on the history of stuttering in movies. It features some older, little-known films as well as the popular ones of today. Hollywood definitely does a disservice to stutterers, with few exceptions. It is usually portrayed as a sign of weakness or ineptitude. One sad but funny example is a Western where John Wayne's character is able to bully the stuttering out of a young fellow  – "Get rid of that stutter or go home, pardner!" The boy becomes angry and his stuttering is cured.

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Hooray for the CSA!

This article first appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of CSA Voices. You can read more about Karen and purchase her book here.

book

For almost as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write feel-good books for young children who stutter.

I’m now 44 years of age, and the memories of being teased at school as a child are still quite vivid. Because of what I experienced, I’ve always wanted to help young children who stutter. I thought that writing encouraging children’s books would be a good way to accomplish this.

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Review of novel "Dead Languages"

dead languages

David Shield’s novel, Dead Languages, is an intensely personal narrative about the life of Jeremy Zorn, growing up in San Francisco in the 60s and 70s, who happens to have a severe stutter. The book opens with memories of formative experiences from his early childhood, mainly the strong personalities of his highly intellectual and verbose family, particularly his mother.

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