October Newsletter 2014

October 13, 2014  |  Posted in: Blog,Events,Newsletter   |  By:   |   0 Comments

Happy Fall Everyone! I would like to start off by saying thank you to those of you who attended the Yankee Game on September 20th, 2014. We had a great turn out and a great time was had by all. If you were unable to attend, we hope to see you at our next meeting and/or upcoming winter events.

The Queens Chapter of the NSA held their monthly meeting on Monday, October 6th, 2014. Old and new members expressed their understanding and compassion towards one another by agreeing that they have exhibited progress towards accepting their stuttering since attending the group. The meeting kicked off with optional introductions, followed by a discussion of the pros and cons of therapy. One attendee shared that while therapy doesn’t help her after a while, she does feel it is useful if discussing how stuttering makes you feel, along with practicing techniques that you can apply in the “real world.” Another PWS (person who stutters) added on that therapy gave him the confidence to speak in public and remember that being quiet isn’t always a good thing. The group decided that it is important for speech therapists to understand stuttering, and acknowledge that it can’t be “fixed” like other speech and language delays. There is an emotional aspect to stuttering that must be addressed before many clients can begin to accept and advertise their stuttering.

As the meeting continued, another important topic discussed was the idea of the listener’s perception of stuttering. We as PWS often become transfixed on what others will think of our stuttering that we create more stress for ourselves. The group pondered the following questions:

  • Are they trying to be nice?
  • Do they think I am uneducated?
  • Are they annoyed?
  • Is it ok when they finish my sentence?
  • Am I going to face my fears and pick up the phone or run from it?

Some or all of these questions are thoughts that run through our minds every day. Stuttering can get the best of everyone. As the meeting came to an end, the group agreed that it is how we face these situations and view these questions that enable us to push through difficult situations and prevail.

If you would like to learn more about the NSA, please visit www.westutter.org. Our next meeting will take place on Monday, December 1st, 2014. Until then, don’t be afraid to be a fruitloop in a world of cheerios. Stay strong and continue to Stutter Beautifully!

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