T HE S TUTTERING F OUNDATION
A Nonprofit Organization FALL 2011 Since 1947 ... Helping Those Who Stutter
Both Sides of the
Brain in Adults
By Martin Sommer, M.D.
Fluent speech primarily involves
University of Göttingen
The King’s Speech Features
the left half of the brain, also called
the left hemisphere (Brown et al.,
Stuttering Foundation PSA
2005; Fox et al., 1996). Ever since
the 1920s, disturbed lateralization of
brain function, i.e. an abnormal in-
volvement of the right hemisphere, While the Oscar-winning tremendous response to the public
has been regarded as a possible movie The King’s Speech is uni- service announcement from view-
cause of stuttering versally treasured by the stutter- ers across the country looking for
(Travis, 1978). In ing community, there help with stuttering,”
support of this, stud- is a hidden gem on said Jane Fraser, presi-
ies in the 1960s sug- the DVD and Blu-ray dent of the Stuttering
gested that hearing is editions released in Foundation.
not as left lateralized mid-April. “Inclusion of our PSA
in adults who stutter A 60-second public on the DVD is so mar-
as it is in fluent service announce- velous for our cause.”
speaking individuals ment (PSA) created “We hope a copy of
(Curry and Gregory, 1969). In the
Martin Sommer, M.D.
by the Stuttering
last 15 years, brain imaging studies Foundation is includ- DVD, including our
have further supported this assump-
The King’s Speech
ed in the “Special video, will end up in
tion by showing that in stuttering, Features” section of the home of every per-
the left and right brain hemispheres the DVD and Blu-ray release. son who stutters, every speech
do not share the burden of speaking The PSA features children who therapist’s office, every school
properly. These imaging studies in- stutter sharing their own experi- counselor’s desk and every
dicate a shift of speech related brain ences with stuttering and treat- university speech-language
activity to the right hemisphere in ment, and offers assistance course professor’s briefcase,”
adults who stutter (Brown et al., through the Foundation’s web- Fraser said. “It is a story worth
2005; Fox et al., 1996). site and toll-free hotline. seeing over and over again for
In trying to better understand “We’ve been stunned by the years to come.”
what is behind this abnormal later-
Two Meaningful Bequests
alization of brain functions in adults
who stutter and how it contributes
to stuttering, we recently performed
a study on interhemispheric inhibi- Gifts totaling more than arts institutions, he was a re-
tion (IHI). This is a measure of how $92,000 were received this year tired life insurance salesman.
one hemisphere’s motor cortex in- from the estates of two exception- He grew up in a West Baltimore
fluences and inhibits the activity in al donors, Charles A. Wunder row house on Grantley Street
and Louise Cook Holmes. with his family. One friend had
this to say, “Charlie was eru-
Mr. Wunder, age 77, had been
Inside dite, well-informed, and
Continued on page 17
a faithful donor since 1996. A funny.” Another added, “May
4James Earl Jones Honored .................. 7 lifelong resident of Baltimore you always have quail to hunt,
4Celebrity Brothers ............................. 10
4Kids Pages ........................................ 14 and avid supporter of the city’s Continued on page 17
Stuttering and the Big Cats is an Inspirational Story
mountable obstacle. Through hard able and hope that every young per-
Stuttering and the Big Cats featur- work, perseverance and dedication son who stutters has an opportunity
Editor’s Note: The new DVD
to his true passions, Alan never let to hear Alan’s story.”
stuttering hold him back from his “I recall vividly as a child star-
ing Alan Rabinowitz was unveiled
new film titled Stuttering and quest to help endangered animals,” ing at a jaguar as he paced in
during the New York gala.
the Big Cats featuring his cage at the zoo,” said
renowned American zool- Rabinowitz. “He was trapped,
ogist, conservationist, and seeking a way out of a dark
field biologist Dr. Alan world, something I related to
Rabinowitz is now avail- strongly at the time. And I
able on DVD from the knew then that when I found
Stuttering Foundation. my voice, I would use it for
In Stuttering and the him, for saving big cats
Big Cats, Dr. Rabinowitz, around the world. My love
president and CEO of for wildlife and the urgency
New York-based Panthera, needed to save the big cats
shares his life-long strug- helped me overcome stutter-
gle to overcome stuttering ing. This life-long quest has
through his work protect- resulted in Panthera – which
ing the world’s largest and is now my platform for
most imperiled cats. The speaking loudly for, and
film captures his address Alan Rabinowitz speaks during the New York gala. working to save, some of the
to young people who stut- planets greatest species.”
ter at the annual conven- The availability of Stuttering and
tion of Friends, a national the Big Cats is an example of the
support group for kids. Stuttering Foundation’s “Converting
Rabinowitz was hon- Awareness into Action” effort,
Photo by Steve Winter
ored at a gala event in New which builds upon the overwhelm-
York City to introduce the ingly positive attention stuttering has
film internationally. gained through the release of The
“Alan’s courage is partic-
ularly inspiring to young
people whose career paths said Jane Fraser, president Alan Rabinowitz was
recently featured on
have yet to be decided and for whom of the Stuttering Foundation. “We 60 Minutes. For the latest
stuttering often seems an insur- are proud to make this video avail- news on Dr. Rabinowitz,
“My love for wildlife and the urgency needed to save
the big cats helped me overcome stuttering.”
Scenes from the new DVD Stuttering and the Big Cats...
Frances Cook of the Joe Fulcher, vice president
Stuttering Foundation and Michael Palin
Michael Palin Centre for of the Stuttering Foundation
Jane Fraser, president of Stammering Children Alan Rabinowitz, president
the Stuttering Foundation and CEO of Panthera.
Centre Laud The King’s Speech
have a voice, we will be heard”;
Geoffrey Rush was amazing – a therapist who showed
The following remarks were
us what the term “therapeutic alliance” is all about.
given by Jane Fraser at the
The entire King’s Speech team won endless
Stuttering Foundation’s first-
Oscars/Golden Globes and resounding and well-de-
ever New York City Gala.
his incredible movie served praise from all over the world!
and its superb portray- So we want to thank The Weinstein Company for
al of King George VI by their unparalleled support! Thanks also go out to
Actor Colin Firth speaks
Colin Firth have truly turned our world upside down. Anchor Bay Entertainment and Blu-ray.
with Jane Fraser.
So tonight, we honor this exceptional film that has Working together, these friends have included our
Michael Palin Centre Co-Hosts Gala nouncement on every
brought so much help public service an-
to so many.
Excellence is the “Our Co-Host is Frances single copy of the
name of the game. Cook, who heads the DVD that launches
This film included the Michael Palin Centre for tomorrow – giving
most extraordinary Stammering Children, which everyone who has a
acting we have ever is staffed by 11 remarkable copy a nonprofit
seen wrapped up in therapists,” said Jane Fraser. source of help.
one movie. “Since 2006, the Stuttering
Colin Firth brought Foundation has partnered
This is truly an in-
a new understanding with the Centre, which offers
credible lasting lega-
of stuttering and its some of the best therapy in
cy for generations to
paralyzing fear; the world. Fran will share
Tom Hooper brought how they are converting
us excellence in di- awareness into action!!!”
recting — everything “Also, I want to recog- Lee Caggiano and Tom Caggiano
Frances Cook, Steffi Schopick,
and everybody in nize Michael Palin who hold a poster of the Michael Palin
perfect sync; gave us such tremendous Centre’s new building opening
David Seidler support during the past 6 September 2011.
spoke for all who stut- months. Without Michael’s help, I would never have had my
ter when he said “we 25 minutes of fame with Colin!” Actors Colin Firth and
Gala articles and pictures continue on page 44
Sterling Publishing Lionel Logue Reaches America
Donates Books “We’ve come full circle – our founder, my father Malcolm
“We are happy to have Fraser, was inspired by King
the new book, The King’s George VI. But thanks again
Speech, and the Sterling to The King’s Speech, I have
Publishing team here just discovered that he too
with us tonight,” Jane was helped by Lionel
Fraser said. Logue!” said Jane Fraser.
Publisher Jason Prince, In 1926, Malcolm Fraser
Jane Fraser with Peter Joshua Mrvos, Nathaniel was personal secretary to
Greenhalgh and Nathaniel Maraunas, and Caroline a prominent Philadelphia
Mann graciously shipped lawyer named J. Stanley
in a copy of this excellent book for everyone at the gala. Smith. Fraser handled
Maraunas. Joe Fulcher and Peter
It was written by Peter Conradi of The Sunday Times Smith’s correspondence
Greenhalgh, grandson of
and Mark Logue, Lionel’s grandson who uncovered so when he was in England and France.
J. Stanley Smith, Esq.
many marvelous old photos and anecdotes that are in- “At that time my father was struggling terribly with his
cluded in the book and in the movie! stuttering and J. Stanley Smith offered a safe haven,” Fraser
explained. “He was a man who stuttered, who was success-
ful, and who offered my father a job and also a therapy pro-
gram through his own support group which he named after
Robyn Mathews Charles Kingsley.”
40 YEARS OF SUPPORT
placed our very “Just months ago, I was con-
first public ser- tacted by J. Stanley Smith’s
vice ad in TIME grandson, Peter Greenhalgh,
back in 1972! who let me know that not only
Since then TIME did his grandfather dine with
has donated mil- the Prince of York, future
lions of dollars George VI, but also with Lionel Logue.
worth of public “He had frequent meetings with Logue to learn more
service space to about his therapy approach!!! J. Stanley Smith brought
Doyle Newmyer, Robyn Mathews
the Foundation. Robyn’s encouragement also helped us Logue’s ideas back to Philadelphia where my father and
and Amani Vance.
reach out to many other magazines where our public others who stuttered profited from them. …Full circle!”
service campaign is thriving.
2011 Journalism Award Winners
The Stuttering Foundation an- Press, Feb. 4, 2011, “King’s Kansas City Star for his Dec.
nounces its 2011 Awards for Speech earns praise from kids 23, 2010, article, “The King’s
Excellence in Journalism. who stutter.” Speech puts stuttering in the
“Thanks to The King’s spotlight.”
Speech, the sheer volume of ar- Ahearn of the
Second Place: Victoria
ticles and interviews on stutter- Canadian Press,
ing made this year’s choice very Dec. 9, 2010,
difficult,” said Jane Fraser, pres- article titled
ident of the Foundation. “This “Experts on Tim Appelo of
film has raised awareness of Stuttering Praise the Hollywood
stuttering beyond any level we Reporter for his
could ever have imagined and, Speech for Jan. 25, 2011, ar-
in turn, was the force behind all Highlighting ticle titled
other entries.” Condition” “King’s Speech
First Place: Commercial Honor: Stuttering
Appeal, Memphis, Tenn., for an Foundation
editorial on Gives It ‘A
Dec. 28, Hero’s
2010, titled Welcome.’”
First Place: The King’s Speech “A Clear Message.” The
Commercial Appeal also gave for “Six Ways to Help Kids Stop
Category: Motion Picture
Second Place: Lynn Allison
exceptional coverage to the Stuttering” in the March 28,
Stuttering Foundation during the 2011, issue of Globe Magazine.
year with outstanding articles by
The Emily Lesley Young and Toby Sells,
Rooney Show, whose article ran on the paper’s
WGBH in front page.
Boston, Dec. Peter Gott for
First Place: Dr.
22, 2010. his national col-
Category: National Daily
About Our umn on April
Kids, Doctor Radio Sirius XM, Marcus of USA Today for her 10, 2011.
Emily Rooney First Place: Mary Brophy
Feb. 11, 2011, Jess Shatkin, MD Nov. 28, 2010,
& Lori Evans, PhD, Program article
Hosts; Melanie Kron, Producer; “Stuttering: A
Local Television News
Emily Anton, Sound Engineer; Constant
First Place (tie):
and Maurice Tunick, Senior Struggle to Get the Words Out.” of WPVI TV,
Director Talk Programming. Philadelphia,
Pa., for a Dec.
Category: Daily Newspaper
13, 2010, inter-
view with Joe
Washburn of Donaher of the
The Record for Children’s
her Dec. 2, Hospital of Philadelphia.
“Therapists Coleman and
movie for rais- Conley of
Jess Shatkin Lindy Washburn
ing awareness WREG TV,
of stuttering.” Memphis,
Tanner of the view with Jane Fraser on Feb.
Associated Fussell of the 9, 2011.
Lindsey Tanner Jim Fussell Continued on page 6
Gifts in Haiti
My name is Glenn Weybright. associated with the organization I
I am a speech-language patholo- was going to help (Mountain Top
First Place: 60 Minutes of gist in Portland, Oregon, and a Ministries). She discovered I was
CBS News for an interview person who stutters. In late April, an SLP and, stopping dead in her
with wildlife conservationist 2011, I spent 8 days with a med- tracks, told me she had a 26-year-
Alan Rabinowitz. ical team helping treat Haitian old son who stuttered and that he
children and adults in a primary would be at the clinic all week
care medical clinic in the village working with the medical teams
Category: Internet Blog
Landau of of Gramothe, Haiti, about 15 as an English interpreter and that
First Place: Elizabeth
CNN for her miles south of Port Au Prince. he really wanted to work on his
Feb. 28, 2011 I was invited by a pediatrician speech. Amazing. So, every lunch
article, “The friend and wound up working hour for five days this young man
under close medical supervision as and I gobbled our Haitian rice
Speech’ a vic- a pharmacy and beans and
tory for stut- assistant. I felt worked on his
Elizabeth Landau terers.” called to go speech.
but secretly There is no
Place: Ian Thornton of was praying cure for stut-
shows.ctv.ca for a chance tering; the
for his Feb. to use my treatment ap-
28, 2011, post speech-lan- proach I use
“George Slays guage pathol- is to teach
His Dragon.” ogy skills. tools for
That seemed managing the
doubtful. I stuttering so
mean, speech that commu-
Staub for his therapy is very nication can
posting on ASHAsphere low on the list of needs of people be enhanced. This young man
Glenn Weybright with Jean.
(blog.asha. who walk up to 12 hours to get to was ravenous to learn. He prac-
org). His the doctor, right? And, even if ticed thirty minutes or more each
blogs focused there was a need, I don’t speak night and showed significant im-
on raising Haitian Creole, right? Well….. provement at the end of the
stuttering At the airport in Port Au week. He needs to practice daily
awareness Prince I was singled out to have to help make his tools more au-
through a re- my luggage searched. From tomatic. I will stay in e-mail
Kenneth Staub view of The out of nowhere appeared a touch with him and have asked
Haitian woman who reassured the Stuttering Foundation to
me in English that she would send him materials. At the end of
First Place: Ninette Sosa of stay with me. our week together, he said to me,
CNN aired an With her help, I made it though “You came from out of nowhere.
interview with the inspection and discovered she You must be from God.” I could
Jane Fraser was the director of the orphanage have said the same to him.
You can designate a gift to
public’s understanding of stut-
the Stuttering Foundation
tering,” said Fraser.
through the United Way.
Named Greatest Stuttering Song
You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
The Stuttering Foundation has hear the tape. After recording their
recognized the song You Ain’t new album Not Fragile, their
Seen Nothing Yet, a 1974 number record company, Mercury
one hit by Bachman-Turner Records, asked if the band had a
Overdrive, as being the most spare song to include. Randy
unique of the many rock songs played them You Ain’t Seen
featuring stuttering vocals. Nothing Yet and explained it was
Jane Fraser, president of the an inside joke and agreed to in-
Stuttering Foundation, said re- clude the song on the album if the
cently, “Not only was You Ain’t band could re-record it. The record
James Earl Jones holding the
Seen Nothing Yet the first song company hated the new “serious”
Monte Cristo Award.
with stuttering vocals to reach version of the
number one, song and de-
but more im- manded the
portantly it version with Jane Fraser, president of the
was the first the stuttering Stuttering Foundation, represent-
such song vocals for ed the stuttering community May
that was actu- the album. 9 at the prestigious Monte Cristo
ally about a The rest is Awards dinner honoring leg-
real person history, as endary actor James Earl Jones.
who stutters the song “James Earl Jones has been an
and therefore climbed to inspiration to the stuttering com-
has a human number munity for decades,” Fraser said.
connection to one, giving “He has courageously shared his
the struggles BTO their only chart-topper. own personal experiences with
faced by someone who stutters.” Gary Bachman would over- stuttering for the benefit of all.
There have been numerous come his stuttering through speech When we think of eloquence and
songs in the rock era that display therapy and go on to become one fluency of speech, we think of Mr.
stuttering vocals. Among them of the most successful real estate Jones as the ultimate role model.”
have been Too Much Time on My agents in Winnipeg and own his The Eugene O’Neill Theater
Hands by Styx, My Sharona by own agency for almost 30 years. Center presented its annual Monte
The Knack, Changes by David Said Fraser, “I know people Cristo Award to legendary
Bowie, My Generation by The think that these rock songs with Broadway and screen actor James
Who, Benny and the Jets by stuttering vocals are cute or hu- Earl Jones, in recognition of his
Elton John, and many more. morous, but it is a shame that monumental achievements and
Bachman–Turner Overdrive whenever You Ain’t Seen Nothing contributions to the American and
consisted of the Bachman broth- Yet is played that people do not international theater community.
ers Randy, Robbie, and Tim, along know the true story behind it. If
with Fred Turner. The band’s first more DJ’s mentioned the song’s
manager was Gary Bachman, an- history, it would do a lot to spread
other Bachman brother, who stut- a message about stuttering, not to
tered. After Gary stepped down mention the fact that the audience
from his job as manager, Randy would find it most interesting.”
sang their new song with stuttering
vocals as an inside joke with the PopDust.com and AllAboutJazz.com
Editor’s note: Music Web sites
intention that only Gary would featured this article.
David Seidler: We Have A Voice
The Stuttering Foundation has released a DVD featuring Oscar-
winning writer David Seidler, who wrote The King’s Speech. The
DVD, David Seidler: We Have a Voice, is available at
www.StutteringHelp.org or call 800-992-9392. James Earl Jones with Jane Fraser.
Top row, left to right: Charlotta Wising, Carla Monteleone, Gabrielle Hodes, Maryann Kaminsky,
Stephanie Schwartz, Debora Freud, Holly Lomheim, Voon Keong Pang, Catarina Pisciotti, Kevin
Johnson, Heidi Chew, Martina Boltuži , Jessica Mason, Sarah Henry, Ellen Kelly and Diane Parris.
Bottom row: Grace Ademola, Mara Luque, Laura Buckley, Willie Botterill, Elaine Kelman, Marie
Chan, Sandra Garzón, Sandy Hostler and Kavita Kaul.
The first ever two-week Eastern Workshop was held in Boston from
By Diane Parris
June 13-24. Co-sponsored by the Stuttering Foundation and Boston
University, the workshop attracted speech pathologists from six states
and nine nations for the opportunity to learn from Willie Botterill and
Elaine Kelman of the
Michael Palin Centre for
Comments from workshoppers... Stammering Children. During
“...learning to accept and focused weeks, participants
on cognitive ap-
trust in what a difference proaches to working with
small changes can make.” children who stutter and their
families. Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Parent Child Interaction
Therapy, and Family Communication Skills training were presented by
these two master clinicians.
Case study demonstrations and interactive exercises enlivened the
learning process. Routinely throughout the program, participants were
asked to share what they would take away from the day’s learning.
“Working with the whole person,” “focusing on communication as the
ultimate goal, stuttering or not,” “listening more to parents,” “learning
to accept and trust in what a difference small changes can make,” and
“going deeply into perceptions, attitudes, and feelings with children
who stutter in order to help them manage issues in their lives” were just
a few of the comments made by participants.
The background and experience of the participants was as diverse as
“...working with the whole the nations from which they came: Argentina, Canada, Croatia, Israel,
Italy, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sweden, and the United States.
Participation in “jelling” exercises and sharing dorm rooms gave atten-
person is important.”
dees ample opportunity to get to know each other. As a result, the class-
room experience was enriched by informal discussions of therapy pro-
grams, work settings, and cultural differences over pasta dinners and
strolls along the Charles River.
A network of colleagues and friends from around the globe enthusi-
astically left Boston, tired yet invigorated, with new outlooks on client
and family centered fluency therapy.
Back row: Lynne Hebert-Remson, Bo-Kyung Lee, Marc Wall, Katarzyna
Wesierska, Jennifer Thomas, Carol Moody, Amanda Roche, Ashley Powers,
Ann Douvier, Amy Johnson. Middle row: Melissa Kokaly, Pam France, Sharon
Huttner, Valerie Yielding, Nelly Unjan , Cecilia Boulin, Surleen Singh. Seated:
Jane Fraser, Jennifer Watson, Susan Hamilton, Yvonne Honanie. Front row:
Bill Drudge and Enrique Gonzalez.
A Limerick About the Western Workshop
Out west went twenty SLPs
By Ann Douvier
To learn to treat dysfluencies.
Drawn from four nations
By the Stuttering Foundation
“This was the best conference
To make more effective, our therapies.
ever, and I will be saying that
“I will listen to
We’ve all worked with children who stutter
10 years from now.”
Who’ve been told, “Slow down and don’t mutter!”
the fears and
By listening, reflecting,
concerns of the
child ... I now
We’ll help them succeed with the speech they utter.
have the frame-
Dr. Watson brought facts, not conjectures
work I’ve been
Ms. Hamilton deep-dialogue, fun lectures
The two were responsive, engaging presenters.
Jane Fraser flew out from Tennessee
With books, DVDs, an inspired history.
Ellen Reuler, on site
Met our needs, day and night
“I vow to be Making meaningful each activity.
listener, provide Thanks PSU and Stuttering Foundation
a more reflective
For the gift of workshop participation.
“This was an
more rationale...” Insightful, retooled, extraordinary
And passions refueled,
We’re back to work with inspired dedication! for me!”
Famous Brothers Didn’t
Let Stuttering Stop Them
rothers Dominick and John and Up Close and Personal. He also
Gregory Dunne, who died in published many books of nonfiction.
2009 and 2004 respectively, In a May 3, 1982 profile in the
are well known as having been fa- New York Times titled “How John
mous writers and literary giants. Gregory Dunne puts himself in his
What the public at large does not books,” John Gregory Dunne’s
realize is that both Dominick childhood stuttering was listed as
Dunne and his younger brother the catalyst for his becoming a writ-
John Gregory not only struggled er. Mr. Dunne became a writer, he
with stuttering but also were quite says, because he stuttered as a child.
open about it. “Terrified that he would be called on
Dominick John Gregory
With the breakthrough in He would go on to have a prolific in class, he learned to express him-
February 2010 of the discovery of career as a novelist, screenwriter self on paper and to listen to the way
some stuttering genes, family mem- and journalist. that other people talked, becoming
bers who stuttered were a major His novels include Vegas, True in the process an accomplished
part of the studies that led to the ex- mimic – a skill that has served him
citing identification of these genes. Studio, Playland and Monster. With well in writing dialogue.”
Dominick and John Gregory also In his 1989 memoir Harp, John
Confessions, Dutch Shea, Jr., The
his wife, writer Joan Didion, he co-
had a younger brother, Stephen, wrote many screenplays such as A Gregory Dunne wrote extensively
who stuttered. The stuttering of how he was affected by the suicide
these three Dunne brothers is a of his younger brother Stephen, a
compelling testament to the graphic artist who died tragi-
Star is Born, True Confessions, Play
genetic links in stuttering. cally at age 43. Stephen had
It as It Lays, Panic in Needle Park,
The Dunne brothers were not achieved the same level of
two of the six children of fluency as had his older broth-
Richard Dunne, a prominent ers Dominick and John
surgeon in Hartford, CT, and Gregory. He wrote about his
his wife Dorothy, whose Irish relationship with Stephen,
immigrant father was the first “We both had a tendency to
millionaire businessman in stammer, and whenever we
Hartford’s Irish community. met, all too rarely the last 15
They grew up in the fashion- years of his life, we would dis-
able suburb of West Hartford. cuss stratagems to avoid the
Both went to elite Catholic minefields of speech. I used to
boarding schools, after which say “howdy” because I would
Dominick went to Williams stumble on “hello”, and he
College, and John Gregory to would say “wee” because he
Princeton University. would falter on “little”, and
After serving as a private when we compared tactics we
in the Army following gradu- would dissolve in laughter, a
ation from Princeton, John laughter that only another
Gregory earned his first job stammerer could understand.”
as the London correspondent Dominick Dunne began his
for Time magazine by totally career in Hollywood produc-
fabricating his resume and ing television shows and live
using phantom references TV movies for Playhouse 90
which were never checked. on CBS. He would go on to
produce motion pictures and be- azine’s most prolific writer. er at 20th Century Fox, his suc-
come an executive producer at Many of his articles were about cess failed to mesh with his child-
20th Century Fox. Two of the crimes committed by the rich and fa- hood as a child who stuttered,
movies he produced were The mous; he covered many trials, such “That image of the stuttering pa-
Boys in the Band and Ash as those of Claus von Bulow, the thetic kid carried through even
Wednesday, a 1973 film starring Menendez brothers, O.J. Simpson, though it was not an image pre-
Elizabeth Taylor and Henry Robert Blake, Phil Spector and many sented to the world.”
Fonda. After a painful divorce, more. He became a regular guest on In an article titled “A Death in the
Dominick Dunne’s out-of-control news shows during these Family,” Dominick Dunne ad-
trials and a well-known ad- dressed the common stuttering bond
vocate for victims rights. shared between him and his younger
In 1985 he struck gold brother John Gregory in Vanity Fair
with the novel The Two in March 2004 about the death of
Mrs. Grenvilles and many John Gregory and their often diffi-
other best-sellers fol- cult relationship. He wrote, “John
lowed, such as People and I had another thing in common:
we both stuttered.”
While working at Twentieth
Like Us, An Inconvenient
Century Fox, Dominick Dunne was
Woman, A Season in
Not My Own, and friendly with their top actress at the
Purgatory, Another City,
time, Marilyn Monroe, who is also
Eight months prior on the Stuttering Foundation list of
Too Much Money.
to the release of The Famous People Who Stutter. More
than once the two discussed their
which was a massive past stuttering and how it had
Two Mrs. Grenvilles,
best-seller and cata- shaped them as adults as well as
pulted him to fame their occasional fears that the stut-
as an author, tering would return someday.
Dominick Dunne Though the famous Dunne
was profiled in his brothers have departed this world,
legacy is nothing
short of amazing.
Their names will
be invoked for
decades to come
in both literary
and Elizabeth Taylor.
and media cir-
At top: Dominick Dunne
e, his son Griffin
cles, but surely
Above: Dominick Dunn e and Joan Didion.
no one will al-
Dunne, John Gregory Du nne.
partying led to his being banished lude to the fact
At right: John Gregory Du
from Hollywood. that both broth-
On the brink of poverty and ers stuttered.
after much soul-searching, he That three chil-
wrote his first novel, The Winners, dren – Dominick,
which though not successful, was hometown paper, the Hartford John Gregory and Stephen – stut-
reviewed in the New York Times. Courant, in an October 21, 1984, ar- tered out of a family of six children
The horrific 1982 murder of his ticle entitled “Success and Tragedy indicates the role that genetics of
daughter Dominique at the hands Rework Him.” stuttering plays. While the two
of her boyfriend upset his life ter- In the article Dominick Dunne brothers will continue to inspire
ribly. As a result, he wrote an ac- described himself as having been the literary world for years to
count of the murder and trial for a “stuttering pathetic kid”; later come, they would no doubt also in-
Vanity Fair magazine, which in in the article he stated that despite spire countless people who stutter
turn hired him to write an article having been a successful televi- to persevere and not let their stut-
every month; he became the mag- sion producer and later a produc- tering be a roadblock to success.
Meet Board Member Joe Walker
Only one lawyer in each spe- tax planning, including matters
cialty area in each community is relating to obtaining and main-
This is the second in a series of ar-
honored, and the award is based taining tax-exempt status for
ticles featuring Stuttering Foundation
are used with permission from The
on more than 3.1 million de- 501(c)3 charitable organizations,
board members. This article and photo
Memphis Daily News.
tailed evaluations of lawyers by tax matters, fiduciary compliance,
others in the field. asset protection, and trust and
Memphis lawyer Joe Walker “To have my peers recognize probate estate matters.
By Mark Sullivan
has always loved accounting, tax, me for this honor is extremely “One key to my success has
trust and estate planning. He sees humbling,” Walker said. been the mentors in my life,”
his chosen career as a science and “Memphis is blessed with an Walker said. “People like John
an art form. While that fact may be outstanding legal profession – Doggett and Hubert McBride*
unusual to some, Walker realized men and women who exhibit the put light on the path ahead of me
early in life that helping others by highest degree of professional- and showed me the ropes.
drafting wills and having a ism and integrity and Mentoring is very
hands-on approach important to me in
was his calling. giving back to others.
“You must have We need more men
the technical back- and women of all
ground to be suc- walks of life to lend a
helping hand to oth-
“...the No. 1 key
cessful, but the No.
ers through being a
to success is being
1 key to success is
being able to relate mentor, coach or role
able to relate
to and build relation- model.”
to and build
ships with people,” Walker and his wife of
42 years, Barbara, are
Walker said. “The
trust and estate busi- actively involved in the
~Joe Walker Stuttering Foundation
ness is all about trust,
open communica- of America. The orga-
tions and listening. I nization, founded by
work very hard mak- Malcolm Fraser of
ing sure that is my Memphis more than
reputation.” are dedicated to helping others.” six decades ago, provides adults
“In my world, I am taking care Walker calls himself a and teenagers who stutter and
of someone’s most important “Mississippi Transplant” hav- teachers, clinicians, doctors and
possessions,” Walker added. ing relocated to Memphis other leaders with the most up-to-
“We in many ways are in the from McComb, Miss., a small date information in prevention and
business of caring for our town about five hours from treatment of stuttering.
clients’ children, family mem- the Bluff City.
bers, other loved ones and their Walker joined Adams and
“I have been an officer and
hopes and dreams of life. To do Reese in 2006 when the firm ex-
director of the Stuttering
that effectively, we bring exper- panded its regional footprint into
Foundation for more than 20
tise and experience to the table the Mid-South. He became the
years,” said Walker. “It is
and blend that with information partner in charge of the Memphis community. Everywhere I
one way to give back to the
we have gained from clients to office and held that position from travel, I am an advocate of
facilitate their goals. These skill 2006 to 2009. Walker also serves Memphis and Shelby County.
sets are far different from those on the intellectual property and It is a fascinating place to live
used in litigation.” technology and tax teams. and raise a family. Since we
Walker, a partner with Adams He also practices law in the live here, it is our responsibili-
and Reese LLP, was recently area of information technology/ ty to pass on the good news
named among “Lawyers of the software licensing and contract- about our home.”
Year” in Trusts and Estates Law by ing and is one of the few lawyers
Best Lawyers magazine, the oldest in the firm, and the only partner in
and most respected peer-review Memphis, with extensive experi-
*Hubert McBride was an
publication in the legal profession. ence in sophisticated estate and
original Stuttering Foundation
Board Member in 1947.
L ves the SFA
National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
Students from Southern Illinois
funds during a silent auction
William Paterson University students
raised money with a bowl-a-thon.
NSSLHA chapters’ record-breaking gifts to the Stuttering Foundation.
Thank you for your amazing support!
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Dear SFA: Reader Response
Therapy Helps time. I get mad when I stut-
Send letters to SFA, P.O. Box 11749, Memphis, TN 38111-0749 or e-mail info@StutteringHelp.org.
My name is Graham and I ter and I don’t like it.
stutter. I try to use my When I get mad I punch
tongue to get my speech out. my pillow and feel a lot
Many times my words get better. When I watch other
stuck in my mouth. I also re- people stutter, I feel more
peat the first syllable over normal and when I stutter I
and over again. just remember that other
I have stuttered for a long famous people and regular
time. From what I remember people do it so I don’t feel
my stuttering started when I mad anymore. Your web-
was 5, so 4 years out of my 9 site helps me feel better
years of life. Sometimes I am about stuttering.
a little embarrassed to meet
other people, even though I I am Jhonathan. I am nine years old. I was born in
2001. My speech teacher Mrs. Petersen is reading
want to make new friends. your book Sometimes I Just Stutter. I want to be
Letters Make Me
Saint Francisville, LA
When I get invited to a smoother but I get angry. Sometimes I feel sad be-
friend’s birthday party, I go cause I don’t talk good but I am practicing how to be Feel Better
but I don’t talk that much be- smooth. I have learned how to stop and start again, go My name is Reonna and I
slow, and do easy starts.
cause of my stuttering. am 8 years old and I am in
I know I will stutter be- the 2nd grade. I am writing
cause I have thoughts in my this letter because I read
Jhonathan, Mesa, AZ
I started stuttering when I was eight. I have gotten
head telling me I might. I try worse the last two years. When I went to a speech some of the other letters and
class I was getting better and better. First I was really
to ignore these thoughts and I hard on myself but then as I got older I got calmer and I realized I am not alone. I
am brave, but some days I calmer. When I started my first bump I was thinking used to stutter a lot and it
don’t raise my hand in class. I about what was happening to me but when I got older made me stop speaking at
just know right before I talk I started to know what was happening. Sometimes I school. I don’t stutter any-
don’t want it anymore and sometimes I do. Thanks for
that it will happen because it your book Sometimes I Just Stutter. more because I learned
feels like something gets some easy ways to speak in
lodged in my throat. therapy. Now I feel better
Tyler, Mesa, AZ
Sometimes I avoid saying ing I mess up. Can you help me control it? I know you
I’m a little off with my stuttering. When I am talk- that I don’t stutter. Thank
some words but other times can because of your book Sometimes I Just Stutter. you for posting other kids
when I know I’m going to Please write back. letters because it made me
stutter I say my words really feel better about my speech.
fast to get finished. It feels Editor: We sent helpful resources to these three boys.
Jordan, Mesa, AZ
like I am embarrassed when it
happens. I get nervous and I
I Am Not Alone
talk too fast because I want to get Other People Stutter
the words out. Sometimes I think I should
My name is Tyler. I am 10
I’m going to practice my strate- have never stuttered in my whole
years old and I am in the 5th
gies for stuttering during school life. When I am alone, I do not
grade. I stutter and I get blocked
with my speech teacher, and I will stutter but when I am around
and cannot say anything but I am
practice over the summer in people, I do stutter a lot. But it is
Milwaukee. I also practice in the working on it. I take a big deep
not a habit. When I stutter, I
classroom. I think therapy is help- breath then I slow down my rate. know that I am not alone. There
ing by giving me strategies to use My dad stuttered too when he are a lot of things good about me
when I have to stutter. was young. When I stutter, I feel and it is not all about stuttering.
unnormal. I have been stuttering
since I was two years old. I have
been in speech therapy for a long
Graham, 10 Melanie, 8
Kenosha, WI Stoney Creek, Ontario
Poem About Stuttering
Hello, I’m Nick and I am 11
years old and I will be 12 in
August. I live in Texas and I made
a poem I would like to share with
other kids that stutter.
Sometimes when I stutter peo-
ple make fun of me,
I tell them I’ll be who I want to be.
When I stutter I get mad,
Because when I get made fun of
I get sad.
But soon I would learn tools to use,
Just like I learned to tie my
When I learn tools they stick to me,
And then I’ll always have a se-
Easy starts is a kind of tool,
Don’t Interrupt Me Speech Tools Help
Actually its pretty cool. Mykhal, 6th grade, Glen Allen, Va.
Sometimes I look back to when
Sometimes I stutter when I talk. It My name is Henri and I stutter.
I was sad,
usually bothers me when I am talk- Sometimes
But forget that because now I
ing to kids and they interrupt me. people make
But it doesn’t really bother me fun of me at
when someone tries to help me. I go school and
to speech therapy and I am learning laugh at me.
I Am Determined
how to use my speech tools. This makes
I hate stuttering. A lot of time
Logan, 7 me feel sad.
people tell me to “slow down”
Collegeville, PA When this
and “take a deep breath.” It
makes it hard for me to speak
and stutter even more. I am at- How Do You Feel? take a deep
I want to ask how do you feel breath and
tending the speech program at
when you stutter, because when I calm down.
school. I haven’t improved much
stutter sometimes kids laugh at me. I like to use my speech tools
yet, but I am still determined. If I
I just ignore them. when I’m reading. This helps my
speak in front of my class, I
words come our smoothly.
struggle to even start a sentence
Baton Rouge, LA Henri, 3rd grade
ing and our Trouble at Recess book.
Editor: We sent tips about bully- St. Paul, MN
Nottingham, PA Continued on page 16
My name is Zofia and my speech therapist showed me your website for the first time. I
showed my mom the website too. It’s kind of cool how Marilyn Monroe stuttered too! My
speech therapist helped me learn to smooth my words. Stuttering really isn’t that bad, I
think it’s just the way I talk. I drew a picture of a horse, because I love horses. Riding a
horse is a lot like talking in some ways. You control the horse just like you control your
speech parts. You can tell it to slow down, keep moving, or go back and start over.
Zofia, 10, Yorkville, IL
Letters Continued from page 15
I am Henry. I am eight years old. I
used to do a lot of stuttering. But, now
I am much better because I go to a
speech therapist. When I can’t say a
word, I pretend there is a wall that is
blocking the air in my throat. Then I
imagine myself opening a door with a
key to let the air through. Then I can
get my words out.
When I feel angry when I stutter, I
think I should calm down and let the
air through. That makes me feel much
For some people who cry when they
stutter, I think it’s okay to cry, but
first try one of your techniques and
then you might not cry.
Henry, 8, Richmond, VA
My name is Ryan and I am 12.
Recently I did a presentation on
stuttering. I had a great time doing
it too. While I was doing it, I
learned some great facts like a man
did not talk for 10 years straight be-
cause his stuttering was so awful. I
taught a small group of classmates
of mine about stuttering and how
you can be like everyone else even if
you stutter. They seemed to enjoy it.
I talked about famous celebrities
that stutter, strategies to do, inter-
esting facts, and how it feels to me.
It was a great experience that I will
Ryan, 12, Lincoln, NE
You can also find letters
and drawings on
Click on “Just for Kids.”
Cameron, 10, Little Elm, TX
Brain 26.7 (standard deviation 4.6) years
the motor cortex of the other hemi- with no personal or family history
lakes to sail, concerts to enjoy,
Continued from front page
sphere. Such an inhibition was first of stuttering or cluttering. We found
Continued from front page
bike paths to explore.” essentially no difference between
Mrs. Holmes, age 92, who observed in the area of the motor
cortex where hand movements are groups with regard to interhemi-
had begun to stutter at age 7 spheric inhibition (Sommer et al.,
upon the death of her mother, generated. Unilateral hand move-
ments, such as in sports or playing 2009). This means that the suppres-
was dedicated to philanthropy, sion of the ongoing activity in one
and her dedication continues piano, require an inhibition of the
other hand. This inhibition slowly hemisphere by preceding activation
through a charitable trust es- of the opposite side’s motor area
tablished for various regional matures and evolves during child-
hood. It is fascinating to observe was perfectly normal in the group of
and national organizations. adults who stutter. This indicates
The Stuttering Foundation was how it takes years for children to
learn how to, when manipulating that the motor cortex itself is not the
chosen as one organization to core site of the problem.
receive funding. toys or objects with one hand, sup-
press “mirror” movements of the Rather, we believe that the in-
She was educated in flows from other brain areas to the
Nashville, Tenn., attended other hand.
This interaction between human motor cortex mod-
business school, and then ulate its activity in a dif-
worked for eighteen years for the motor cortex of one
hemisphere with the ferent fashion and are
Estes Lumber Company be- therefore subject of
fore moving to Madeira motor cortex of the
other can be studied ongoing studies we
Beach, Florida. There she are conducting.
worked as a bookkeeper and in detail and with
high time resolution This view is sup-
land developer until returning ported by more re-
to Nashville in 2005. She was using transcranial
magnetic stimula- cent findings by
preceded in death by her hus- Nicole Neef from our
band, Frank, who was killed in tion (TMS). TMS
works by stimulat- group. She studied the
the South Pacific early during fine tuning of the balance
World War II. ing the motor cortex
in one hemisphere between inhibition and fa-
“These gifts from two people cilitation within the motor
who knew stuttering firsthand shortly before stimulating the
motor cortex of the other. The re- cortex and found an abnormal bal-
play an important role in en- ance with a reduced facilitation
abling us to carry out our ongo- sult is that the stimulus to the first
motor cortex blocks off, or inhibits, (Neef et al., 2011). This suggests ab-
ing work,” said Jane Fraser. normal input to the motor cortex,
the activity usually observed after
the second stimulus is presented to e.g. from the basal ganglia.
the opposite motor cortex. In summary, our data show that
he Stuttering Foundation of Interestingly, this inhibition of one the motor cortex itself and the in-
America is a tax-exempt orga- motor area by the opposite side’s teraction of both hemispheres is in-
nization under section 501(c)(3) of
motor area develops during child- tact in adults who stutter, and direct
the Internal Revenue Code and is
classified as a private operating hood (Garvey et al., 2003; Heinen future research to the interconnect-
foundation as defined in section et al., 1998), and has been found to ed areas influencing the activity of
4942(j)(3). Charitable contribu-
tions and bequests to the be abnormal in professional musi- the motor areas of the brain.
Foundation are tax-deductible, cians who started playing a musi-
subject to limitations under the Code.
cal instrument in childhood Brown S, Ingham RJ, Ingham JC, Laird AR, Fox PT. Stuttered
(Ridding et al., 2000). Given that
and fluent speech production: an ALE meta-analysis of functional
neuroimaging studies. Hum Brain Mapp 2005; 25: 105-17.
abnormal right hemispheric brain
Curry FK, Gregory HH. The performance of stutterers on dichotic
activity has been shown in func-
listening tasks thought to reflect cerebral dominance. J Speech Hear Res
1969; 12: 73-82.
tional imaging studies of adults
Fox PT, Ingham RJ, Ingham JC, Hirsch TB, Downs JH, Martin
C, et al. A PET study of the neural systems of stuttering. Nature
who stutter, it was tempting to con-
1996; 382: 158-61.
Garvey MA, Ziemann U, Bartko JJ, Denckla MB, Barker CA,
It’s easy to include
clude that the interaction of motor
Wassermann EM. Cortical correlates of neuromotor development in
healthy children. Clin Neurophysiol 2003; 114: 1662-70.
the Stuttering Foundation
cortices may be abnormal.
Heinen F, Glocker FX, Fietzek U, Meyer BU, Lucking CH,
Korinthenberg R. Absence of transcallosal inhibition following
in your will, and it will
We therefore investigated 15
focal magnetic stimulation in preschool children. Ann Neurol.
Here is sample wording:
1998; 43: 608-12.
do a world of good.
male subjects who have stuttered
Neef NE, Paulus W, Neef A, Wolff von Gudenberg A, Sommer
“I give and bequeath to the
M. Reduced intracortical inhibition and facilitation in the primary
Stuttering Foundation of America the since childhood, with a mean age of
motor tongue representation of adults who stutter. Clinical
Neurophysiology 2011; 122: 1802–11.
amount of $____ (or ___% of my 28.7 (standard deviation 10.6)
Ridding MC, Brouwer B, Nordstrom MA. Reduced interhemi-
spheric inhibition in musicians. Exp Brain Res. 2000; 133: 249-53.
residual estate).” Your legal advisor
years, and 15 matched healthy con-
Sommer M, Knappmeyer K, Hunter EJ, Gudenberg AW, Neef
can help you with the final wording.
N, Paulus W. Normal interhemispheric inhibition in persistent devel-
trol subjects with a mean age of
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his French translation of Advice
Laurent Lagarde with copies of
To Those Who Stutter.
Dr. Moussa Dao speaking at the
Belmar Rivera Vilá speaks International Stuttering Association Sajiv and Seema Adlakha pre-
about stuttering to graduate Congress in Buenos Aires. sent on stuttering to teachers at
students in Puerto Rico. the Amity International School
Meet Our Incredible Intern
in Noida, India.
Susannah Parkin, a psy- lady,” said Jane Fraser. “As a
Volume 19, Issue 3
Renee Shepherd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor
chology major at Hamilton person who stutters herself,
Scot Squires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Designer
College, interned for the Susannah has been of great
Susannah Parkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Intern
Stuttering Foundation dur- help to us in reaching out
Special thanks to Joan Warner, Patty Reed,
ing the summer. with positive ideas and sug-
Susie Hall, Pat Hamm, Lisa Hinton, Terri
Susannah “Susannah is an incredibly gestions to teens and others
Jones, and Carol Ecke.
This newsletter is published quarterly. Please
e-mail address changes and story ideas to
Parkin bright and talented young who stutter.” info@StutteringHelp.org.