As a parent, you may be concerned about the difficulties your child will experience with their stuttering, both socially and academically. You worry when your child has a play date with new kids. You have special worries when you put your child on the bus that first day. You feel isolated with your concerns as your child embarks on that “middle school adventure”. Your heart is in your mouth when you send your child off to high school, to college, to a job. Remember:
‘“Your child is NOT broken; do not try to fix him.” These were some of the first words that I heard at our first NSA conference. What a relief! My son was okay….The message I heard, and have tried to live by, is that there is much to be celebrated in the life of any child and that there are challenges to be met, accepted, explored and developed to bring that child to the full experience of their being.’
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
You have a wonderful young person to guide and nourish through the child and adolescent years. The NSA is here to be a source of support, education, information for both you and your child. The NSA supports children, young adults, and parents through the myriad of challenges that you will encounter. We are here for you. You are NOT ALONE!
The NSA provides information for:
One of the benefits of being involved in the NSA is that you and your child will be exposed both to adults and to peers who have achieved professional and academic success in spite of – and in some cases because – they are people who stutter (PWS). The NSA is comprised of PWS who demonstrate daily that living a successful, fulfilling, and happy life is the norm, not the exception, regardless of their speech. For more information and ways to get involved, contact our Family Programs Co-Chair Annemarie Whitesel.
Check out the following message from NSA Parent Melanie as she talks about what it’s like to parent a child who stutters successfully and how the NSA can help you with this most important task:
- Stuttering Facts
- Stuttering Myths
- Latest Research
- Basic FAQ’s
- When Your Child First Begins to Stutter: Early Intervention
- Young Children Who Stutter (by J. Scott Yaruss, Ph.D. & Nina Reeves M.S.)
- Stuttering Buzzwords
- Parental Involvement in Therapy
- Finding the Right Therapist for Your Child
- IEP Information
- Therapy in School
- Insurance Advocacy
Phases of Stuttering
How Can I Best Support My Child?
- NSA Family Chapters
- NSA Family Fun Days
- Annual Conference
- Information for Your Pediatrician
- Classroom Presentation
- Educating the Educators
- Social Media
- Letting Go Newsletter