Q: What does a local NSA self-help group do?
Our purpose is to provide information, advocacy and mutual support for people who stutter and their families.

Q: Will going to NSA self-help meetings cure my stuttering?
No. We are a mostly people who stutter, but clinicians and specialists do attend as members to learn and to share knowledge about stuttering. We don’t administer therapy.

Changing your attitudes about stuttering can help eliminate the shame, guilt and embarrassment that makes speaking difficult.

If you are seeking stuttering treatment, we can supply information that will help you choose the therapy program that best meets your needs. Our members have had first-hand experience with a number of treatment programs, and we’re in touch with local speech-language pathologists who specialize in stuttering treatment.

If you are currently working with a speech therapist, self-help meetings are an opportunity to get more value out of your therapy by practicing speaking skills in a supportive environment.

Q: How severely do most NSA self-help group participants stutter?
It varies widely. Some of us struggle on every word, others speak fluently most of the time. There’s no such thing as a “typical” stutterer.

Q: What happens at an NSA self-help meeting?
Our main monthly meetings are friendly and informal. Attendance ranges from 15 to 40 people. We open the meeting by “checking in” to share recent experiences. Then we usually have a discussion program to exchange information about stuttering and handling stuttering-related situations.

Q: Will I have to talk or introduce myself?
We encourage everyone to share as they feel comfortable, but nobody’s going to put you on the spot. Members feel free to stutter without fear of embarrassment, or to practice speaking in a non-threatening environment.