5 Reasons to Attend a Stuttering Self-Help Event

April 26, 2024
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There are lots of opportunities to meet other people who stutter! Whether it’s our own events or meetings and conventions through the NSA or Friends, we hear from client after client that connecting with others who stutter is one of the most important things they’ve done on their therapy journey. Here’s why:

1. Be with People Who Get It

Because only 1 in 100 people stutters, it can feel isolating at times. When you meet others who stutter, you discover that you are not alone. And all those little things about stuttering that you think about all the time but can’t talk to your friends about? These people get it.

2. Normalize Stuttering

Stuttering is not well represented in media, and it can be hard to form a positive self-image when you never see anyone talk like you. At stuttering events you will meet all kinds of people, and some of them will be cool and brilliant - opening up your mind to the idea that you, too, can be cool and brilliant while stuttering.

3. Talk Freely

When everyone stutters, the pressure to be fluent is much less. That’s why stuttering events are a great place to work on your overall communication goals, whether it’s keeping eye contact, making scintillating small talk, or just showing up in a situation where you might normally feel nervous.

4. Strengthen the Community

The more people who join the stuttering community, the better! More participants means more opportunities, stronger networks, and a more powerful voice for advocacy.

5. Make Friends!

The best reason to come to a stuttering event is the people you’ll meet, and the lifelong friendships that often form there.

Ready to jump in? We’ll see you on our events page!

The American Institute for Stuttering is a leading non-profit organization whose primary mission is to provide universally affordable, state-of-the-art speech therapy to people of all ages who stutter, guidance to their families, and much-needed clinical training to speech professionals wishing to gain expertise in stuttering. Offices are located in New York, NY, Atlanta, GA, and Los Angeles, CA, and services are also available online. Our mission extends to advancing public and scholarly understanding of this often misunderstood disorder.

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