March 2011

March 23, 2011  |  Posted in: Newsletter   |  By:   |   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 and how everyone is different so while one technique might work for someone, it might not work for the next person.

It is no surprise that with such interesting and thought-provoking discussions combined with great company that we have averaged 20 people meeting over the last half year, including 21 at our last one. In such a short time we have become one of the largest stuttering support groups in the country. By creating an environment of openness, sharing, listening, and respect for each other we have kept each other coming back and have welcomed others who have learned about our special group through media outlets and referrals. Best Movie of the Year, The King’s Speech, has been extremely helpful in helping other people who stutter to realize that they too, “have a voice,” and it has resulted in more people attending our group and other groups throughout the country to find their own voice or to help others find theirs. This year’s NSA conference is primed to be biggest stuttering conference EVER, and it’s just around the corner in early July.

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.

Hope to see you at our next meeting,

John D. and Mitch Trichon

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