Frequently Asked Questions

I have never been to a stuttering support group or conference before. Should I come on May 28th?

Yes! Coming on May 28th is a great way to jump into the stuttering self-help community. Our community is friendly and welcoming. We will have workshops and discussions that appeal to first-timers and NSA veterans alike.

I am an SLP/SLP student who doesn’t stutter. Can I come?

This conference is primarily for people who stutter, so the short answer is: not on this day. We’re aiming to create a unique, creative, and safe place for people who stutter to come together outside of a therapeutic setting. We plan to hold a day of educational workshops specifically for SLPs/students in the future, and we welcome a number of you to our monthly support groups. Please email us if you have interest in observing a support group or joining our listserv!

Can my significant other or friend who doesn’t stutter accompany me?

We think there is something special about a room full of people who stutter working through this stuff, but it is most important that everyone who wants to come, comes. If you would not feel comfortable attending without a friend this time around, shoot us an email and we will make it work.

Will the workshops at this conference help me stutter less?

Not exactly. The workshops will focus on exploring the history of stuttering, how it affects our lives and identities, and our vision for the future. We won’t be handing out tricks or techniques to make you stutter less, but many of us have found that connecting with other stutterers can help reduce the shame and anxiety surrounding our speech.

Will there be speech therapists to give me advice?

A few of our members are speech therapists as well as stutterers. That said, on May 28th they will take off their therapist hat. We won’t be giving out technical speech tools, but will certainly facilitate discussions of what has or hasn’t helped us speak freely over the years.