April 2012 Newsletter

April 10, 2012  |  Posted in: Blog   |  By:   |   1 Comment

Happy April everyone! With spring in the air, the Queens Chapter of the NSA met on Monday, April 2nd to discuss the challenges and obstacles that stuttering can entail. At the Queens Chapter, we encourage participation during introductions and group time but stress that it is not mandatory and we respect the fact that if you don’t want to share, you don’t have to. With that being said, all attendees graciously contributed to two great discussions about stuttering.

 

After introductions, where one attendee shared that he enjoys seeing how the group impacts others and how it has helped him to grow and learn more about his personal experiences with stuttering, attendees at the meeting split up into two groups. The teens’ first topic of conversation was the idea of what they want others to know about stuttering. One teen shared that “stuttering is not something you should be embarrassed about, but something you should be proud of.” As a PWS, I feel I spend so much time thinking about what others will think that I forget to remember how I feel about my own stuttering. The teens felt that even though people might laugh at you, you shouldn’t let them effect you. Stuttering is a fight that you can win!

 

The adults’ discussed the idea of different ways people measure success in regards to their stuttering. One way of measuring success can consist of reducing your stuttering and another way of measuring success consists of how you feel about yourself during and after a stutter. One attendee shared “fluency is not my goal. I measure my success regarding my stutter by how well I am able to help myself out of a block. If I do everything I can to help myself ease out of a block without giving up, I feel that I have handled my stuttering to the best of my ability.” Another attendee shared that he used to think he didn’t need the group because he could be fluent on his own but he learned over time that he was mistaken. Self-acceptance can be a very challenging process. Please know that you are not alone and there are others who feel the same way you do. However, by exploring different opportunities, such as attending an NSA meeting or an NSA conference, you are awarding yourself with the amazing opportunity to meet other persons who stutter and gain an overwhelming sense that you are not alone.

 

Measuring stuttering success is not easy. Many of us have different opinions of how to handle stuttering and all that it entails. A first time attendee at the meeting shared that he felt a lot of anger towards his stuttering but after attending the group, he knows that he is not alone. It is important to remember that you have a voice and you have a right to be heard. One way to reinforce this idea is to advertise your stuttering. An attendee shared “listeners look more favorably when stutters advertise beforehand and it becomes a shared experience between the listener and PWS.” While I understand that advertising is not for everyone, I will leave you with this quote. “We can’t expect that everyone knows about stuttering. People may not understand what stuttering entails but we can affect how others feel and see stuttering. It starts at “I Stutter!””

 

Have you ever thought about attending a conference where “everyone gets you and you are not alone?” Well, you are in luck! The National Stuttering Association is holding their annual conference this year from July 4th to July 8th in St. Petersburg, Florida. For more information about this conference, please visit www.westutter.org. FRIENDS (The National Association of Young People who Stutter) is holding their annual conference this year from July 19th to July 21st in Denver, Colorado. For more information about this conference, please visit http://www.friendswhostutter.org. We hope to see you there!

 

The Queens Chapter is proud to announce that they will be awarding a Queens Chapter First Time Attendee a partial scholarship to attend the NSA conference in Florida this summer. All candidates must apply through the National Stuttering Association and members of the Queens Chapter will ultimately determine who is awarded the scholarship. Please email mitch@nsaqueens.org for more details!

 

Lastly, we would like to thank Fat Boys Pizza, Starbucks and Lasova Grill of Fresh Meadows for supplying us with delicious treats at our meetings. Make sure to check our website for upcoming events and meetings. Until next time, don’t be afraid to be a fruitloop in a world of cheerios. Stay strong and stutter beautifully!

1 Comment for this entry

  • David

    April 26th, 2012 on 10:10 am

    What an inspiring article, thank you again.









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