I am so excited that our brand new NSA Boston Family Chapter has kicked things off this month! Our inaugural meeting was held on Thursday, November 9th at BU’s Sargent College. Three families were in attendance (in addition to myself, my mom, and Jess!).
Our meeting began with some fun and games. We played “The Wind Blows If…” and a round of “Human Bingo,” as we got to know one another.
We then spent time thinking about what stuttering is and how we feel when we stutter (or when our son/daughter/sister/brother stutters).
Read on for some of our responses!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first meeting! We look forward to seeing everyone again next month on Wednesday, December 14th for our holiday-themed meeting! We will meet at 7 PM at BU’s Sargent College in Room 303.
- a gift: makes me understand better who I have in from of me, his/her reactions and behaviors usually tell who the person is behind the mask
- having a difficult time getting words out
- when you can’t say a word, for example if you say “when,” it goes like “wwwwwwwwwwwwwwww”
- fun, but there is good news and bad news. The bad news is that some people could make fun of you but the good news is that they make fun of you and you ignore them and stuttering is fun and I feel happy
- getting stuck on your words
- a part of who I am. I was made to stutter.
- when someone has trouble expressing his or her thoughts verbally. Lost in translation.
- something that happens sometimes when I’m talking that makes it hard to get my words out.
- an involuntary repetition of words, sounds or syllables
- when you can’t say what you want to say and you just can’t say a word and it is bumpy speech.
How do you feel when you stutter?
- I feel happy.
- I love stuttering. I know that I was born to have it. It is what makes me different!
- I am happy, it takes a long time but it is still fun.
- I feel okay, sometimes my throat feels right tight.
- I try to be confident and happy when I stutter, but sometimes I feel sad, or frustrated.
How do you feel when your son/daughter/brother/sister stutters?
- I feel like I would do anything to make it easier for him. Sometimes I feel helpless, other times I am in total amazement about how strong, brave and resilient he is.
- When my son stutters, I feel helpless. I don’t know how to help him or protect him. I’m trying.
- When my daughter stutters, I feel proud of her. Her not letting it stop her, and being successful makes me happy.
- It makes me sad that he can’t get his words out.
- When my son stutters, I feel something low down. I need to be frustrated. I actually like the slow down pace. Things look different when you slow down.