April 2011

May 01, 2011  |  Posted in: Newsletter   |  By:   |   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 not seeing that hurts the most.

Another common theme often expressed at our meetings is advertising our stuttering. Although there are many ways to try to feel more at ease about your stuttering, it seems to me that in our group advertising seems to be brought upo the most. I feel that advertising goes hand in hand with self acceptance. Once someone has accepted that stuttering is just a part of them, only then can advertising be effective.

Another topic which was brought up is the idea that getting older and wiser helps PWS to be better managers of stuttering. I can say from first hand experience that this has ben the case for me. Although I feel I will always be a PWS, I definitely feel like getting older and more mature has brought a certain level of confidence and understanding which in turn FOR ME has led to more fluency. Therefore, although I feel it is very important to point out that all PWS are unique in their own way and stutter in their own way, getting older can make you more comfortable, and therefore more relaxed, and therefore more accepting and POSSIBLY more fluent.

Thank you to everyone for making our meetings such a great place to share, listen and support! As different and unique as we all are, stuttering bonds us, but doesn’t define us. It is only a piece of us and we chose how it can shape us. It also gives us the insight and can fuel the courage which often is empowering to the next person who reaches out. It’s nice to hear everyone’s input in addition to the support and encouragement throughout the meeting.

Register now if you plan on attending:

  • NSA Conference (Fort Worth, TX) – July 6-10. Scholarships available.
  • Friends Conference (Washington, D.C.) – July 21-24. Scholarships available.

Hope to see you at our next meeting,

John









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