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Foundation finds book clubs therapeutic for kids who stutter

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(KWWL) - According to the National Institute of Health, stuttering affects millions of Americans, including children. Although it's an unsettling time The Stuttering Foundation is encouraging families to start book clubs this summer.

The idea is to help parents and kids establish an at-home routine and to keep them reading. With stress being a common trigger, President of The Stuttering Foundation, Jane Fraser, said book clubs can be a great therapeutic outlet.

"A lot of kids who stutter are working on their stuttering at home, they're working with a therapist from teletherapy," Fraser said, "or they're on their own. It's really therapeutic to read about other kids who stutter."

Fraser also said she has seen reading out loud help kids better control their stuttering, and that book clubs act as therapy sessions from home.

"Right now is that the children aren't getting their therapy at school, they are getting teletherapy, " Fraser said, "but for many therapists who perhaps are not used to working with zoom or it's not like being in the same room with someone as you know."

The foundation's website offers a summer reading list, along with other resources like:

  • podcasts
  • virtual learning sessions
  • referral lists
  • translations
  • classroom presentations

To learn more about the foundation and its summer reading list, click here.

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Alaina Kwan

Morning Reporter

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