Chapter Meeting – Apr 7, 2016

We were five people at this meeting.  Two new members joined us, Peter and John.  Lou Madonna attended too.  It was nice to see him, he looked good.

We covered many interesting topics.  Do you remember the first time you came to an NSA meeting?  What prompted you to come?  We covered how we were feeling at the time.  For most of us, we felt that our stuttering was more prevalent and feared that it might be getting worse.  It might not have been noticeable to others but we felt something change or about to change.

Recently, I had the first dream ever were I stuttered.  I don’t remember all the details but it was clear to me that I was stuttering.  This never happened to me before and I asked the group how they see themselves in dreams.  Do you stutter on your dreams?  Someone asked how I felt during the dream.  It actually felt good.  What do you think it means?

We also talked about keeping a stuttering journal.  Do you keep one, or have written one in the past?  For those of us who have done it, keeping a journal is very helpful.  It transfers the feelings about speech to a place where there isn’t any judgement and there isn’t any fear about speaking.  You can also use it as a way to practice how to say ideas or thoughts that you plan to share with others later on.

Help me welcome John and Peter to our chapter!


Panel of People Who Stutter – Mar 2016

Panel of People Who Stutter – Mar 2016

As is tradition at this time of the year, we were invited to participate in the La Salle’s Panel of People Who Stutter lead by Dr Amster and Dr Trichon for their graduate class in Speech Language Pathology.  8 people who stutter attended.  We started by introducing ourselves to all the students and commenting on our experience with therapy and stuttering.  Then the students broke up in groups of 4 or 5 and each of us spent about 10 minutes with each group.  It was a very intense experience because we were talking the whole time.  The students had a lot of interesting questions and they were very interested in all aspects of stuttering, such as feelings, techniques and therapy.

We thank Drs Amster and Trichon for the opportunity to talk to the students and increase their knowledge about stuttering.  If anything we said helps even only one therapist help a child or person who stutters in the future, we’ve done our job.

Until next year!