Next Social Event

Come join us for Happy Hour next Wednesday, September 26 starting at 5:30 PM at Misconduct Tavern on 1511 Locust Street, Philadelphia. Come and relax after a long day’s work and have fun with your fellow NSA peers. Bring a friend!
They have drink and food specials until 7:00 PM every day, the ones for Wednesday are listed below. They also have discounted prices for drafts and other items.
Special thanks to Kevin Rafferty for doing the leg work and organizing this event.
For more details about the venue visit http://www.misconducttavern.com . Note that there are two locations. We are meeting at the 1511 Locust St location.
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Please RSVP and let us know if you plan to come.
See you next week!

Chapter Meeting – September 18, 2018

We were four regular attendees at this meeting. After our personal updates we talked about several events coming up.

We decided on the date and venue for our next social event.  A Happy Hour at Misconduct Tavern on Wednesday, September 26 starting at 5:30 PM . A separate email will follow with more details.

We also talked about our second venue. The second meeting in October will be at Temple University. We are also looking into the Community College of Philadelphia as a possible location. More details on that will be coming up soon.

One of us is looking for a new job and we talked about how to cover some items in the resume and interviewing

Chapter Meeting – September 6, 2018

We had a guest tonight, a fellow NSA member from the New York chapter. He shared some information about an upcoming one-day conference that the three NY chapters will be hosting at the end of October. The official announcement will be out soon.

One of our newer members shared that he finds the meetings to be helpful for him, He also created a Facebook page dedicated to his stuttering journey in an attempt to be more open about it. So far he has found a lot of support from his family and friends. This was a good lead into talking about other online resources. We talked about Stutter Social (www.stuttersocial.com) and about other Facebook groups. Having the opportunity to talk to other people that stutter, whether in person or online, is a good tool to practice and gain confidence.

Wet talked about what success means to us and the importance of separating success from being fluent. You can be communicate successfully by stuttering comfortably. We all agreed that being in control of a situation helps but sometimes it is exhausting.

We also talked about medical research in Stuttering and whether there are any substances that can help. For example, there are medications that are used to treat alcoholism that use muscle relaxers. In the study, there was a person that stuttered and after reaching certain dose, didn’t stutter anymore. Jerry McGuire, the NSA Chairman, has also been leading studies on medications that can help people who stutter.

We finished the meeting with some administration topics about upcoming events and the closing words.

 

 

Chapter Meeting – August 21, 2018

We talked about the difference between fluency shaping and stuttering modification approaches to speech therapy. This led into talking about the Precision Fluency Shaping program. A few of our attendees have participated in that program in the past and one new member was considering it. We shared a lot of valuable feedback and very interesting information. Overall, we all agreed that the program’s usefulness decreases overtime and not a lot people are able to follow the techniques long-term.

We shared several administrative updates: We continue to meet at the Bala Cynwyd Library for the second meeting of the month. We are still looking for a second venue and we have good candidates. One of them is Temple University. They have an SLP program and a clinic from which we could get referrals. We’ll let you know more in the coming weeks.

We are also working with the national organization to organize a one-day conference in our area later in November, stay tuned for details about that. We are planning a Happy Hour as our next social event at the end of September. More details on all this soon!

Chapter Meeting – August 2, 2018

We had a new attendee who is a family member of a person that stutters that has never come to a meeting. This person is not comfortable coming to a meeting yet but his family is very supportive and they want to help as much as they can.

We talked about our reasons to come to our first meeting and most of them were related to an experience we had at our workplace. We then talked about how stuttering affects what we do at work and how we feel. It was interesting to hear that when we stutter introducing someone we feel like we failed that person, as if we did them a disservice. When we stutter during a meeting, many times we stop contributing to the meeting (unless called upon) because we don’t want to slow down the rest of the meeting or we just don’t feel comfortable talking anymore.

We talked about the recent annual conference and other opportunities to interact with people who stutter such as Stutter Social, regional conferences, social events, etc. Stay tuned for more information about some of these.