New Berlin Public Library

Site-wide Search


Our Blog

Help Spread the Word About Stuttering

Stuttering Awareness Week is May 8-14

More than 70 million people worldwide stutter. That’s about 1% of the total world population and over 3 million people in the US alone.

Stuttering is a communication disorder that affects the fluency of speech. It’s characterized by disruptions in the production of speech sounds or what are otherwise called disfluencies. These can be repetitions (li-li-like this), prolongations (lllllike this), or abnormal stoppages (no sound) of sounds and syllables. There may also be unusual facial and body movements associated with the effort to speak. Stuttering is also referred to as stammering.

There are four factors most likely to contribute to the development of a stutter:

  • Genetics : approximately 60% of those who stutter have a family member who does as well
  • Child Development : children with other speech/language problems or developmental delays are more likely to stutter
  • Neurophysiology : recent neurological research has shown that people who stutter process speech and language slightly differently than those who do not stutter
  • Family Dynamics : high expectations and fast-paced lifestyles can contribute to stuttering

Roughly 5% of all children go through a period of stuttering that lasts six months or more. Most of those children will recover by late childhood, although about 1% will have a long-term problem. In some instances, the stutter will persist throughout the person’s entire lifetime. In most cases, stuttering has an impact on at least some daily activities, so it’s important to call attention to stuttering especially since the best prevention tool is early intervention.

There are a variety of successful approaches for treating both children and adults who have a stutter, and there are numerous examples of famous individuals who had stutters and went on to live successful lives.

Here are a few examples of authors who stuttered: Jorge Luis Borges, Lewis Carroll, Calvert Casey, Scott Damian, Charles Darwin, Margaret Drabble, Dominick Dunne, John Gregory Dunne, Robert A. Heinlein, Edward Hoagland, Phillip Larkin, Somerset Maugham, David Mitchell, Alan Rabinowitz, Jane Seymour, Marc Shell, Neville Shute, John Updike, and Vince Vawter.

Learn more about actors, singers, entertainers, and other famous people who stuttered on The Stuttering Foundation's website

TAGS   
Link to Blog Entry:
 

E-mail to a FriendFacebookTweet ThisShare on LinkedInDelicious

About the Author

Emma is an Adult Services Librarian with the New Berlin Public Library... Read More »


Beware of Look Alike Apps

It seems like everyone uses apps these days, and it’s hard not to with how popular smartphones and tablets have become. There is an app for everything or just about, Apps can make the programs they represent simpler and more user-friendly, so the first thing most people do when they get a shiny, new smart device is download their favorite apps. But consumers need to exercise caution when trying out new apps ... Read More »

TAGS   
Link to Blog Entry:
 

E-mail to a FriendFacebookTweet ThisShare on LinkedInDelicious


Great Lakes, Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin

  We drink it, fish in it, clean with it, swim in it and travel across it. Water has always been critical for our survival. The Great Lakes region is home to one of the largest freshwater resources on the planet. That water shaped the landscape, history, and communities of our state. The Wisconsin Historical Society's traveling display "Great Lakes Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin" explores our state's ... Read More »

TAGS   
Link to Blog Entry:
 

E-mail to a FriendFacebookTweet ThisShare on LinkedInDelicious


1st Annual Project Rainway Barrel Auction

To raise awareness of water as a limited natural resource, the New Berlin Public Library partnered with the Waukesha County Green Team and invited artists, students, and community members to create rain barrel masterpieces to be put up for auction! Want to participate? It’s easy! The bidding begins at our preview night on Friday, May 12th from 5:30-6:30 pm. You will be able to meet the artists at this ... Read More »

TAGS   
Link to Blog Entry:
 

E-mail to a FriendFacebookTweet ThisShare on LinkedInDelicious


Stress Less This May

May is mental health awareness month. According to the National Alliance on mental health “1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and every American is affected or impacted through their friends and family.” The New Berlin Public Library has many books to help manage stress and mental health. Check out the titles below for some ideas. //   ... Read More »

TAGS   
Link to Blog Entry:
 

E-mail to a FriendFacebookTweet ThisShare on LinkedInDelicious

Older Blog Posts Newer Blog Posts