A new DVD on stuttering and how to deal with it is now available at public libraries in Barry County.
"Stuttering: For Kids By Kids" is a DVD made available by the 65-year-old nonprofit Stuttering Foundation. The DVD is special in that it stars real children who stutter.
Many children who stutter have never met anyone else who struggles with the same disability. Children in the DVD recount how they handle challenges such as teasing, speaking out in class, and teaching others about stuttering.
"All those interested in helping kids learn more about stuttering will want to see this tape," said speech-language pathologist Bill Murphy of Purdue University. "The children featured are a perfect example of how to openly and honestly handle stuttering."
"This is an important tool for families and teachers of kids who stutter too," added Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation.
Swish, a lively and engaging animated basketball character designed by students at Purdue University, narrates the DVD. The children, who range in age from first-graders to high school students, offer frank and sometimes differing views of stuttering.
For example, Matthew, age 10, talks about managing his stuttering easily. In contrast, 9-year-old Kate worries about talking, what is going to happen next and whether or not she'll stutter.
Arianne, 14, says, "The hardest part about stuttering is to get through it and to stay in there when you're stuck."
Books and DVDs produced by the Stuttering Foundation are available free to any public library. A library that will shelve them can contact the Foundation at 800-992-9392.
The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library has agreed to add the DVD to its resources. The library system has built a significant collection of books and films about developmental disabilities from donations through the Barry and Lawrence County Tax Boards for the Developmentally Disabled.