International Stuttering Awareness Day: Show us your best stutter!

The American Institute for Stuttering recognizes International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) on Friday, October 22. ISAD is a day to raise public awareness and understanding of the disorder of stuttering, which affects 3 million Americans and 60 million people around the world. To celebrate this day, AIS wants to see our friends' best stutter. On [...]

Survey of children, teens, and young adults who stutter

Two respected stuttering organizations, who are also friends of AIS, are researching how stuttering impacts the lives of children, teens, and young adults. Here is the information as we received it: The National Stuttering Association and Friends, The Association of Young People Who Stutter are conducting a survey on the experience of children, teens and [...]

‘The King’s Speech’ scores another festival win

The King's Speech continues to get the royal treatment from film festival audiences. On Sunday, the film won the audience award at the Hamptons International Film Festival. As we head into movie awards season, the Academy Award for Best Picture seems to have two front-runners: The Social Network (about the events behind the founding of [...]

The King’s Speech: How a King of England faced his stuttering

The trailer is now out for the film The King's Speech, which stars Colin Firth as George VI, the King of England during World War II and a person who stuttered. The film looks gorgeous and evocative and has made impressive showings on the film festival circuit. The film recently won the People's Choice Award [...]

Prank call to a man who stutters: Mean-spirited or harmless?

"Nephew Tommy" is a comedy routine on the popular radio show The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Listeners submit a request through the show's website for 'Nephew Tommy' (played by comedian and Harvey's real-life nephew Thomas Miles) to prank call their friend. The ensuing phone conversation is recorded and played on the show. In a recent [...]

J. David Williams: A pioneer of stuttering therapy

The American Institute for Stuttering would like to recognize the passing this weekend of a pioneer in the field of stuttering therapy, J. David Williams. From The Stuttering Homepage: J. David Williams, Ph.D., was Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University (NIU), earned a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1954, specializing in stuttering. His [...]

The International Online Cluttering Conference is happening now

We first talked about cluttering with Craig, an intensive program client from this past January. Well, cluttering continues to draw much-needed attention in a big way with the start of the first-ever online conference about cluttering. The International Online Cluttering Conference is offered by Minnesota State University, Mankato, in conjunction with the International Cluttering Association [...]

Raj Patel: Anointed messiah due to a moment of stuttering

We believe that stuttering doesn't have to hold anyone back from achieving success. In one case, stuttering actually ushered one (reluctant) interviewee into deity status! With tongue firmly planted in cheek, here is a brief review of the story of Raj Patel, an academic, activist, and author of New York Times best-seller The Value of [...]

Chamonix explains the discovery of a genetic link to stuttering

Chamonix explains the latest news in our field, the discovery of a genetic link to stuttering. For more information, read this CNN article and the original article in the New England Journal of Medicine. And as Chamonix said, check back here for our reactions to this announcement and what it might mean for people who [...]