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It is estimated that more than 70 million people in the world stutter, including 5% of all children.
In a world that can be unkind to those who are different, kids who stutter often struggle to step out of the shadows of shyness and shame, and find the courage to express their unique and important voices.
While much is unknown about stuttering, including its causes and cures, children who stutter, along with their families and friends, can attest to the pain and frustration the disorder causes. Kids who stutter struggle with everything from participating in class, to speaking on the phone, to ordering in restaurants, to making friends. Stuttering can claim a child’s desire to speak and ultimately their ability to reach their fullest potential. To shield themselves from judgment and ridicule, kids who stutter put up walls and socially shut down.
Our Time empowers these kids to break down those walls.
Our Time is a non-profit organization that uses the arts to improve the confidence and communication skills of children who stutter. Through a local New York City-based program, speech therapy, and a summer camp open to children from around the nation and abroad, Our Time helps young people transform their fear and shame from stuttering into confidence and determination to reach their fullest potential. Our Time participants gain enriching friendships and experience tangible success, giving them the confidence to overcome the challenges presented by stuttering.
Our Time serves children who stutter, their young family members and friends, ages 2 to 18, from a wide diversity of backgrounds. The organization is committed to providing access to its programs to kids from all economic backgrounds. Financial aid for program tuition is available to families in need. Since Our Time's inception, no child has been turned away due to a family's inability to pay.
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Click here to enroll in Our Time for the Winter! Our programs are now available in New York City, New Jersey, Long Island and Westchester!
Our Time is thrilled to announce that Meredith Vieira will be hosting our 2014 Annual Benefit Gala on April 28th, 2014! Save the date!