Our purpose is to provide information, advocacy and mutual support for people who stutter and their families.
No. We aren’t speech therapists and we don’t administer therapy, but participating in groups can help you deal with stuttering in several ways:
Changing your attitudes about stuttering can help eliminate the shame, guilt and embarrassment that makes speaking difficult.
If you are seeking stuttering treatment, we can supply information that will help you choose the therapy program that best meets your needs. Our members have had first-hand experience with a number of treatment programs, and were in touch with local speech-language pathologists who specialize in stuttering treatment.
If you are currently working with a speech therapist, self-help meetings are an opportunity to get more value out of your therapy by practicing speaking skills in a supportive environment.
It varies widely. Some of us struggle on every word, others speak fluently most of the time. There’s no such thing as a “typical” stutterer.
Our main monthly meetings are friendly and informal. Attendance ranges from 15 to 40 people. We open the meeting by “checking in” to share recent experiences. Then we usually have a discussion program to exchange information about stuttering and handling stuttering-related situations.
We encourage everyone to share as they feel comfortable, but nobody’s going to put you on the spot. Members feel free to stutter without fear of embarrassment, and to practice speaking in a non-threatening environment.
We used to consider you a NSA member only if you paid annual dues. That used to cover the cost of mailing our Letting Go newsletter and made the newsletter a “perk” of membership. Now that our publications are distributed mostly online, dropping the dues requirement enables us to be more inclusive. So people who participate in our programs can identify with the NSA as members whether or not they can contribute financially.
Supporters benefit from possible tax deductions, recognition as a contributor, and the satisfaction of knowing you are helping the NSA reach out to more people who stutter.
If participating in NSA activities has helped you, we hope you will “give back” to the extent you are able to contribute. Over the years, the NSA has grown because people came to us for support, gained self-confidence and strength through our programs, and were then empowered to reach out to others. Are you one of those people?