Stuttering is a complicated disorder, and treating stuttering can be a challenging task. For this reason, many speech-language pathologists (SLPs) report that they are not comfortable with their skills for helping children and adults who stutter. At the NSA, we believe that SLPs can help people to cope with stuttering, and we are here to help! This page provides information about our many programs and support initiatives to help you improve your ability to help those who stutter.
Support Groups and Events
Local support groups provide people who stutter with the opportunity to meet others who stutter and learn that they are not alone in facing their condition. Events such as Family Fun Days are particularly valuable for your younger students, because they give bring children, their parents, and their therapists together for an exciting day of learning and support.
Best of all is our Annual Conference, a full three-day event that includes workshops, games and activities for youth, inspirational speakers, and social opportunities for connection and support. The NSA is especially pleased to have SLPs attend our conference, as seen through our many continuing education events and clinician-focused workshops.
Our annual Research Symposium provides two fact-filled days of educational sessions with top researchers and clinicians from around the globe. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research, earn CEUs, and meet well-known presenters at the NSA-sponsored cocktail reception. Stay a few days longer, and you can enjoy all of the benefits of attending the Annual NSA Conference, with even more opportunities to earn CEUs. We offer a discount to those who register for both the symposium and the conference.
Improve your understanding of stuttering by attending one of our Continuing Education (CE) Workshops. Past examples from leading experts include, What’s Hot in Stuttering Research, Is Stuttering a Disability?, Navigating Response to Intervention, Common Core, IEP, and Six-Word Stories from Avoidance Reduction Therapy. The NSA is proud to be recognized as an ASHA-accredited CE provider.
Our helpful newsletter, Letting Go, creates a broad-based awareness of and support for those who stutter of all ages by encouraging self-acceptance and self-esteem, and providing the latest research, therapy options, coping management strategies, and serving what is often the only connection to the stuttering community for those not in speech therapy or geographically distanced from a support group. Letting Go is comprised of articles written by and for members of the stuttering community of all ages, including some pieces by and for speech professionals. Your clients can learn from others, or tell about their own experiences with stuttering by submitting their own piece to our Editor, Mandy Finstad (Mandy@WeStutter.org)!
In addition to our own books and pamphlets, we have developed partnerships with authors to bring helpful information directly to the SLPs via a wide variety of external publications that you might use to enhance your therapy with people who stutter, including:
- SLP Resources: Helping Children Who Stutter
- School-Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide
- Minimizing Bullying: A Practical Guide for SLPs
- Discussions with Dr. Fred Murray
For those SLPs who work with young children, we have created a series of games and activities to further discussion and understanding of your individual clients’ needs and their understanding of stuttering in a fun way.
We urge you to view this video created by Kenny Koroll for speech-language pathologists, as an introduction to what the NSA can do for you and for your clients:
Obtaining insurance coverage for stuttering treatment can be a challenge for many reasons. First, insurance reimbursement for speech and language services, in general, may not be included in your clients’ benefits plan. Furthermore, many plans have specific exclusions for stuttering that result from a lack of knowledge about the disorder. In fact, many NSA members report that their claims are denied or that their policy does not cover stuttering. Please visit our Insurance Advocacy Information page for more information.
We depend on contributors for most of our financial support. Even though the NSA is the largest support organization in the world for people who stutter, we are a mostly volunteer nonprofit that receives no government funds and few grants. There are a variety of ways that you can become an active supporter of the NSA, and we value contributions at any price point. Check out our Support the NSA page for complete information.
These are just some of the ways the NSA partners with speech-language pathologists to make the world brighter for people who stutter.