April Meeting Reminder – This Monday!

Come join us this coming Monday on April 15th for our regular NSA Manhattan meeting! We’ll decompress with old friends and new friends, and talk about all thing stuttering related. We’ll meet for an hour and a half and afterwards, grab a drink at a bar nearby!

DATE: Monday, April 15
TIME: 7:30–9pm
LOCATION: 520 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th Streets – 3rd Floor

Please arrive a little early is possible. There may be a short line to get past security. At the security desk, say you are going to A.R.T./New York on the 3rd floor. (This is the Alliance of Resident Theatres.) For security purposes, you will need to present a photo ID and have your picture taken. Take the left side elevators to get to the 3rd floor. 

Women’s Group this Thursday, April 4

We are hosting another women’s group on Thursday, April 4th (this Thursday) at ART (Manhattan meeting space) from 7:30-9:30pm. This will be a special group meeting to give all women who stutter a restorative space to connect and share with one another. ALL women who stutter are welcome. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. 

  • DATE: Thursday, April 4
  • TIME: 7:30–9pm
  • LOCATION: 520 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th Streets – 3rd Floor

Please arrive a little early is possible. There may be a short line to get past security. At the security desk, say you are going to A.R.T./New York on the 3rd floor. (This is the Alliance of Resident Theatres.) For security purposes, you will need to present a photo ID and have your picture taken. Take the left side elevators to get to the 3rd floor. (Also, for anyone who may not have noticed, as soon as you get out of the elevator door, there is a big whiteboard with info of the room that we’ll be in.)

March Meeting Reminder & Women’s Group on April 4th!

March Meeting Reminder – Monday, March 18

It looks like it’s that time of the month again to meet for our Manhattan chapter meeting! Please join us this upcoming Monday to talk about all thing stuttering related.

  • DATE: Monday, March 18
  • TIME: 7:30–9pm
  • LOCATION: 520 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th Streets – 3rd Floor

Please arrive a little early is possible. There may be a short line to get past security. At the security desk, say you are going to A.R.T./New York on the 3rd floor. (This is the Alliance of Resident Theatres.) For security purposes, you will need to present a photo ID and have your picture taken. Take the left side elevators to get to the 3rd floor. (Also, for anyone who may not have noticed, as soon as you get out of the elevator door, there is a big whiteboard with info of the room that we’ll be in.)

Women’s Group Announcement – Thursday, April 4

We are so excited to share that we are hosting another women’s group on Thursday, April 4th at ART (Manhattan meeting space) from 7:30-9:30pm. This will be a special group meeting to give all women who stutter a restorative space to connect and share with one another. ALL women who stutter are welcome. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. 

  • DATE: Thursday, April 4
  • TIME: 7:30–9pm
  • LOCATION: 520 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th Streets – 3rd Floor

 

    December Meeting Recap

    December Meeting Recap

    We met on our regular 3rd Monday of the month on December 17th. Around 25 people who stutter showed up and as per usual, we split up into 3 groups for more intimate discussions.

    In one of the groups, the topic of confidence and how it pertains to our stuttering came up. We discussed how many of us who stutter are generally sensitive people. For some of us, this sensitivity includes how we are perceived while speaking. A few members expressed that when speaking on a topic they are passionate about, they feel more reassured and confident than usual and as a result, seemingly care less about disfluencies. But on the other hand, one member shared that as people who stutter, we may face extra scrutiny because in a fluent world, someone who has disfluencies may mistakenly appear nervous, incompetent, or even untrustworthy to listeners.

    Another group started the night by talking about avoidances and advertising. Members shared that often they are tempted to avoid their stuttering at work or during social situations, and this pull towards avoidance can many times feel overwhelming and all-encompassing. One member shared his recent experience of self-advertising at work. After many years of being covert about his stuttering, self-advertising and “coming out’ as a person who stutters at work felt liberating. Collectively, we explored how taking small steps to be more open about stuttering-whether 1:1, in a small or large-group setting-can enable us to get a little closer to stuttering acceptance.

    In the last group, we began with a particularly vulnerable discussion of mental health and stuttering. Often times, these groups can be a beacon of positivity and light around stuttering, but it is always a meaningful reminder that this is our space and we can fill it with whatever we need to release for the hour or so we share together. We then went on to talk about the internalization of stuttering and growing up with this looming belief of body failure and misrepresentation. Different members shared different manifestations of this internalization. It can be the hesitation or regret when sharing ideas in a group, or it can be the over-analyzation of a simple interaction or feeing.

    As 9 o’clock neared, we re-grouped as whole, read our closing words, and ended the night on a high. As per tradition, a few of us headed to the local bar after and had a drink or two and continued socializing on a lighter note.

    We want to thank everyone for all the energy they have contributed to growing and deepening our abundant stuttering community this year. It is this energy that we are all so grateful for and brings us back together every month. So, thank you for acknowledging each and every single one of our stuttering journeys and your own. We are wishing you the happiest of all holidays and can’t wait to reconnect in 2019.

     


    Upcoming Events in the New Year – 2019!

     

    • Improv Seminar with our very own Marc Winski – Sunday, January 20th
      • This event will be at our regular meeting space at 520 Eighth Avenue from 2-4pm.
      • More details to come!
    • SMBC Mock Interview Event hosted by our very own Kunal Muhajan – Thursday, January 31
      • This is an incredible networking opportunity for people who stutter to give and receive interviewing feedback.
      • Here is the link with more information, as well as online registration for the upcoming event!
      • For more information regarding this event, contact: Kunal Mahajan at kunal_mahajan@smbcgroup.com.
    November Meeting Reminder & SLP Group!

    November Meeting Reminder & SLP Group!

    Come join us this coming Monday on November 19th for our regular NSA Manhattan meeting! We’ll decompress with old friends and new friends, and talk about all thing stuttering related. We’ll meet for an hour and a half and afterwards, grab a drink at a bar nearby!

    DATE: Monday, November 19
    TIME: 7:30–9pm
    LOCATION: 520 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th Streets – 3rd Floor

    Please arrive a little early is possible. There may be a short line to get past security. At the security desk, say you are going to A.R.T./New York on the 3rd floor. (This is the Alliance of Resident Theatres.) For security purposes, you will need to present a photo ID and have your picture taken. Take the left side elevators to get to the 3rd floor.

    Also as many of you may already know, the NSA Manhattan chapter will be having an extra meeting this month, Wednesday, November 28th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, at the same place above!

    The format will be different, as it will be a combination between a support group and a panel to educate SLPs (Speech-Language Pathologists) and SLP students, like we did last year. This will be a great opportunity for members of our stuttering community to come and engage in dialogue with SLPs and educate about what it means to be a person who stutters. We hope that events like these can help foster connection between SLPs and people who stutter by helping SLPs learn how to be an ally and supporter for people who stutter, both in and out of the therapy room. For more information, please email manhattanstutters.slp@gmail.com for any questions!

    DATE: Wednesday, November 28
    TIME: 7:30–9pm
    LOCATION: 520 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th Streets – 3rd Floor