Jan. 17 Event Benefits Kids Who Stutter

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2009) – The University of South Florida is hosting “Youth Day for Kids who Stutter”  Jan. 17, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., sponsored by USF’s Speech-Language Pathology program.  This event will bring together kids who stutter and boost their confidence through self-help activities.  Parents and speech clinicians from the school systems will also attend.  The registration fee is $10 for parents and children and $15 for speech and language students.  A pizza lunch will be served for $3.  Limited scholarships are available for those with financial needs.  For registration go to www.nsastutter.org or for more information, call (813) 974-6190 or email nmaxfiel@cas.usf.edu for location and directions. 


“Stuttering affects more than 3 million people in the United States,” said Nathan Maxfield, an assistant professor in USF’s communication sciences and disorders department.  “Kids who stutter can feel isolated and alone, but they’re not alone because of this network of people who care and are here to help.”


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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