MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Researchers are gathering in Morgantown to discuss attitudes toward stuttering.
The Stuttering Attitudes Research Symposium began Wednesday and continues through Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Topics include teasing and bullying of children who stutter, job discrimination, and changing attitudes toward stuttering.
West Virginia University says the event is the first research symposium devoted to attitudes toward stuttering.
The researchers include WVU professor Ken St. Louis, who is a former stutterer. He says research that he and others have conducted shows that stutterers are stereotyped as nervous, weak and even lacking intelligence. He says the ramifications of such stereotyping can be serious.