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Kids who stutter star in DVD

Stuttering: For Kids by Kids, a DVD starring real kids who stutter, is now available at the Douglas County Library.

In this DVD from Stuttering Foundation, kids who stutter meet other kids who recount how they handle challenges such as teasing, speaking out in class and teaching others about stuttering.

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.

Matthew, 10, says his speech difficulties are "No big deal," but Kate, 9, worries about talking and whether or not she'll stutter.

"All those interested in helping kids learn more about stuttering will want to see this tape," said Bill Murphy, a speech-language pathologist at Purdue University. "The children are a perfect example of how to openly and honestly handle stuttering."

Books and DVDs produced by the 65-year-old nonprofit Stuttering Foundation are available free to any public library. A library that will shelve them can contact the Foundation at 1-800-992-9392, e-mail or visit