Stuttering Camp Helps Kids Come Out of Their Shell

The Week-long Intensive Camp Teaches Children Who Stutter to be Effective and Confident Communicators

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What do Elvis Presley, Samuel L. Jackson, and Vice President Joe Biden all have in common? They all stutter. Every year, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Stuttering Program holds a week-long intensive camp for children who stutter. Besides learning techniques that help them become more fluent, the children get a chance to meet other kids who stutter — kids just like them.

Jaxson Hoey has known Joseph Donaher, PhD, CCC-SLP since he was 8 years old. Jaxson says attending the camp helped him come to terms with his speech.

"I felt like the first thing that needed to happen was that I was okay with the fact that I was a stutterer," Jaxson explained. After that, his confidence grew. He’s now on his way to Penn State and even received a scholarship for running!

Hear more about Jaxson’s story from this Fox 29 segment.

To contact the Stuttering Program at CHOP, call 1-800-551-5480.

Learn more about the Center for Childhood Communication.