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November 2011 Newsletter

November 16, 2011  |   Blog,Newsletter   |   0 Comments

Happy November everyone! With a chill in the air, the Queens Chapter of the NSA met on Tuesday, November 8th at St. John’s University to celebrate their 3 year anniversary. The meeting started with optional intros during which attendees agreed that meetings offer PWS a place to share their thoughts, feelings (negative or positive) and concerns about stuttering.  One PWS shared that “I was very happy to find this place since I wasn’t able to find others who stutter. We are all faced socially with this problem and I enjoy sharing my thoughts at NSA meetings.” As the night progressed, attendees discussed whether or not they prefer the listener to maintain eye contact with them when they stutter. There was a variety of responses to this loaded question such as “When I am talking one on one with someone I don’t stutter as much so I don’t mind the eye contact,” “I generally would like my listener’s attention but I feel that it can be hard for people to look at me so they look away while I am stuttering,” and “It is easier for me to speak if my listener is not watching me or focusing on me directly because ...

October Newsletter

October 15, 2011  |   Blog,Newsletter   |   0 Comments

Happy Fall everyone! On Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 the Queens Chapter of the NSA gathered at St. John’s University to offer support and encouragement to persons who stutter (PWS). Stuttering comes easily but acceptance of stuttering may take time, especially without support from your loved ones and peers. PWS came together  to share experiences of feeling alone, being bullied or teased, and overcoming stuttering. One PWS stated that “the group gives me an opportunity to reset myself and realize that I’m not alone.” Stuttering can be a mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting battle. A PWS shared that “although my stuttering gets worse in new situations, coming to meetings helps to alleviate some of my anxiety.” During optional introductions, many attendees agreed that it is “really awesome to be with other people who speak like me.” While some members shared that they tend to hide their stuttering, others were open about advertising their stuttering. It is important to remember that no matter how you handle your stuttering, you are not alone and there are other PWS who are experiencing the same emotions and frustrations as you. One PWS described it by saying “If I’m going to be nervous, I’d rather be ...

September Newsletter

As persons who stutter (PWS), we often look for support from our family, friends and fellow stutterers. On Tuesday, September 13th, the NSA Queens Chapter hosted their 2nd Family & Friends night. The meeting was filled with new and old faces as well as an overwhelming sense of support, understanding and encouragement from our loved ones and peers. A PWS suggested that NSA meetings are an “easy going place for PWS.” Attendees enjoyed a relaxing, insightful night while enjoying pizza from our new new sponsor - Fat Boys Pizza in Fresh Meadows. Instead of meeting as one group of 28 people (we know how scary that can be :) ) , the attendees were split up into smaller groups which included PWS, friends, and family. Topics discussed included obstacles and challenges for PWS as well as overcoming and accepting stuttering. One group discussed the idea of changing perceptions of PWS from “unable” to “capable.” The group felt that stuttering should not make or break a job interview or professional position. Stuttering is a part of us but we have many amazing qualities to share with our future co-workers that should not go unnoticed. I strongly believe that stuttering does not define ...

August Newsletter and Meeting Summary

August 26, 2011  |   Newsletter   |   0 Comments

Hi Everyone! My name is Nina and I am a person who stutters (PWS). I am very involved in the NSA and I am looking forward to writing our monthly newsletters. I have always enjoyed sharing my own experiences with stuttering through my blogs but by writing our newsletter, I hope to inspire you to attend a meeting or to simply reinforce the idea that “you are not alone.” NSA meetings bring me comfort, joy, and acceptance. Our last meeting on August 8th at St. John’s University was no different. We began the meeting with intros. WAIT! It’s not that bad, I promise! It became very clear that while we would usually be nervous and worried about other people’s perceptions of stuttering, these OPTIONAL intros bring us comfort and reassurance that we are not alone.  Someone described it perfectly by saying that NSA meetings provide us with a much needed boost of confidence every now and then. The group as a whole agreed that it was enlightening to share experiences with old and new faces. A first timer said that she felt inspired to see people from all different walks of life be successful individuals while handling their stuttering to the ...

July 2011

August 07, 2011  |   Newsletter   |   0 Comments

The conferences have come and gone, summer is in full swing and here we are. I remember thinking when I walked in to our last meeting just how amazing that 17 people showed up in the middle of summer. It really speaks volumes that people want to come no matter when or how and just how important and special our meetings are. Our new website, currently being created by Rob with content from Nina, Mitch, and myself, will include conference photos (please send your photos to trichonm@stjohns.edu), but I’m sure you’ll hear a bit more about it as those who attended get off their conference buzz. As I sit here thinking about our last meeting and all the topics that came up, its important to mention the main theme that comes up meeting after meeting and time and again. The love and support and sharing that goes on is just so tangible and comes through at each and every meeting that you can feel it. It gives people the confidence to share. People brought up topics such as self acceptance, the idea that without confirming you are a PWS, you cannot conquer it. Remember that conquering stuttering could mean ...

June 2011

June 27, 2011  |   Newsletter   |   0 Comments

My last newsletter started with a question to anyone who has ever CONSIDERED an NSA Queens Chapter meeting; Why not now? Why not come out and hear all about what you could expect might happen at the NSA Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Well, if last month didn't work for you, I have one better. This month's meeting will include some talk about what took place. I can speak from first hand experience that you will hear people at our meeting talking about LIFE CHANGING experiences and friendships. I can only think of one meeting that could possibly be more inspiring, confidence building, and emotionally uplifting than last month's meeting.......This month's POST CONFERENCE RE-CAP! This year’s conference was the largest ever (850 people) and it was simply amazing!! David Siedler (screenwriter of "The King's Speech") shared some of his life story. Regarding our chapter, we had 13 people from our group attending and were being considered for "Chapter of the Year". More detail to come for those who are interested. At our last meetings, a lot of discussion was focused on the idea of advertising our stuttering to others, or better yet, the listener. Some different views about advertising were brought ...

May 2011

May 29, 2011  |   Newsletter   |   0 Comments

The time is NOW! Yes, I'm talking to YOU! Anyone who is reading this and has CONSIDERED coming to an NSA Queens Chapter meeting, but hasn't, there is NO better time! Why? Good question; because we are officially into what a lot of people who stutter (especially members of the NSA family) refer to as "Conference Season". Our next meeting will not only contain it's usual buzz and excitement, it will also serve as a great opportunity for us to share and learn about our experiences and anxieties about attending this year's annual conference. (see below for more information) If you enjoy the warmth, support and understanding that are constants at NSA Queens chapter meetings, then you will love the experience of an annual conference. With the popularity of the King's Speech, it looks like this year will be the biggest ever (more than 600 people). There is no better way to find out what this year's conference has in store then to come to our meeting THIS Monday. As I reviewed my notes for this newsletter, a common thread stuck out between the lines - People really enjoy coming to our meetings. It's not easy to find someone in the ...

April 2011

May 01, 2011  |   Newsletter   |   0 Comments

Fresh off the heels of the viewing of The King's Speech and the Stuttering Forum, both held on St.John's campus and hosted in part by our group, our last meeting was a much anticipated one. Although it is almost a given at each meeting, we welcomed some first timers who heard of our group through the various events we have taken part in due to the popularity of The King's Speech. As was the case in The King's Speech, we as people who stutter (PWS) often find that stuttering often times is not about the physical part of the actual stutter, but rather much more about what lies beneath the surface. At our last meeting, this was a widely accepted belief and made for great discussion. A PWS stated that the thought of getting something out actually worse than the actual stutter itself. A pole was taken to compare and contrast feelings....... What is more difficult for PWS..... Before, during, or AFTER the stutter itself? The consensus was that before and after is in fact tougher than the stutter itself. Although the physical appearance or disfluencies visible to the human eye are never easy, it is what our listener is ...

March 2011

March 23, 2011  |   Newsletter   |   0 Comments

First off, our next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 13th (not on April 11th or April 18th ). In order to provide willing participants more opportunity to join in on discussions, our last meeting we decided to break-up into smaller groups for a part of the meeting and then to join back into the big group at the end. I can honestly say I enjoyed learning something more about the individuals in my group. Our mini group talked about self-acceptance and how our meetings can help. Another interesting topic was the idea that some PWS aren't opposed to their listeners helping to finish sentences, especially in the middle of a big block. I always believed this to be the worst thing a listener can do. This is a perfect example of how people handle stuttering differently and how one person’s annoyance may be another person’s savior. I'm so glad I was there to listen and learn about other perspectives about stuttering. Someone else in our group shared how our meetings are a place to try new things and maybe step out of his comfort zone. We also discussed different tools and techniques PWS use to try to be more fluent ...

February 2011

March 15, 2011  |   Newsletter   |   0 Comments

When I was thinking about what to write for this month’s newsletter, one word kept coming to mind, buzz! Our group has really been buzzing lately, and at the same time giving great exposure to the world of stuttering, especially in our area. First the Inside Edition cameras and producers came and then at our last meeting, the Daily News writers and photographers. Wow, I can’t stop thinking of how cool it was to be in the newspaper, but more important than that how much exposure an article like that gives stuttering. As if the great article about our group wasn’t enough, “The King’s Speech” then goes on to win FOUR Oscars the same day the article ran. When I stop and think of what a great year it has been for stuttering I get chills all over because it is truly remarkable! The best thing about all this is that anyone reading this can come and feel the buzz at any of our meeting because every month just gets better and better. If you’ve been thinking about joining the family, no better time then the present. At our last meeting, many topics were discussed, one of them being different ways ...

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