7th grader produces stuttering awareness video for bar mitzvah

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Jonathan Costello made a video for his bar mitzvah project to raise awareness about his struggles with stuttering, and his congregation was wowed.

He started having trouble speaking around age five, and over the years therapy has helped him with his stutter.

The Westport boy made a video called "Stuttering: In My Own Voice" as his bar mitzvah project. It explains what causes the pauses when speaking and how people can best respond.

Costello says to avoid the temptation to jump in and speak and never finish sentences for people who are stuttering. He says it makes them feel like they don't have a voice. Instead he says it's best to wait patiently with a smile and to give the person a moment to relax and catch up.

The seventh grader shot the video in front of a green screen in his basement with some help from his mother, who has experience in production.

The video premiered at his bar mitzvah on Saturday and was a hit.

"Stuttering: In My Own Voice" full video

The Stuttering Foundation

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