Panel of People Who Stutter – April 28, 2020

Last Tuesday, members from the Philadelphia, South Jersey and Atlantic chapters participated in the Panel of People Who Stutter at La Salle University. This panel is part of the curriculum for the Speech Language Pathologist Graduate Program. It is a great opportunity for us to educate future SLPs on what it means to be a person who stutters.

This year the panel took place online but it was as fun and engaging as it ever was in person. The students had a lot of questions and we ran out of time to answer more.

I received the following message from the professor, Dr James Mancinelli:

“The students are still raving about the panel experience.  Their comments include praise for the panel members’ courage and growth that developed through self-help groups like yours.  They now see how a self-help model like the NSA’s facilitates social involvement, communicative confidence, and authenticity among its members.  One student commented, “The panel brought it all together for me.  Now I get it.”  They have been listening to me blab on since January but it wasn’t until the panel experience did they connect stuttering with real people living real lives.

On a personal note, I want to thank you for your flexibility and willingness to participate in the clinical education of our students. The benefits they reaped are immeasurable.”

Thank you very much to Katherine Filer, Maria Turner, Jim McFarlane, Mykia Daniels and Nick Bruno for sharing their experiences and feelings with the students. We hope that activities like this will help broaden their understanding about stuttering and make them better clinicians.

Hold the Date!

I am very pleased to announce that on Saturday November 7, the NSA and Temple University will host a One-Day NSA Conference in Philadelphia!

The event will take place at Temple University Main Campus in Center City Philadelphia. Now that the date and location are confirmed, we will start the process of defining the workshops and activities.

Nothing has been decided yet but I can tell you that the plan is to have simultaneous tracks, such as one for adults, one for children/tweens and possibly one for family/friends. In addition, there will be a few sessions that will provide CEU credits for speech language pathologist. We are also looking into screening the move “When I Stutter”.

Please hold the date and stay tuned for more updates!

Panel of People Who Stutter – March 26, 2019

Panel of People Who Stutter – March 26, 2019

We were invited to attend the Panel of People Who Stutter at La Salle University. This has become an annual event, as we attended a class of the Graduate program on Fluency Disorders and had an opportunity to talk to the students.

Seven members of our chapter attended. This time we sat in front of the class and answered students’ questions. It was nice to offer multiple views for every question and we show how individual our experiences are.

We felt very welcome and enjoyed the experience. This is a great opportunity to educate future therapists on the challenges of being people who stutter.

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 . Note that there are two locations. We are meeting at the 1511 Locust St location.
Please RSVP and let us know if you plan to come.
See you next week!

PLEASE NOTE – Upcoming Meeting Changes

The second meeting of this month (normally set for the 3rd Tuesday of the month at La Salle University) will be held at a different time and location. The new details are: Monday, June 18 – at Bala Cynwyd Library, 1st Floor Meeting Room, 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM.

Also, for the next couple of months, all meetings will be held at the Bala Cynwyd Library. More announcements to come regarding meetings on the second meeting of the month.

See below for upcoming meeting details:

  • Monday, June 18 – Bala Cynwyd Library, 1st Floor Meeting Room
  • Tuesday, June 19 – RESCHEDULED to Monday 6/18/18 (no more La Salle University meetings; new location to be announced)
  • Thursday, July 5th – CANCELLED due to NSA Conference in Chicago
  • Tuesday, July 17th – Bala Cynwyd Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
Summer Picnic at Valley Forge Park- Recap

Summer Picnic at Valley Forge Park- Recap

It was a lot of fun! We were 9 people at the picnic.  We had two tables next to each other under full shade for the whole time and next to the meadow with a nice view of the arch in the back .

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We shared food and drinks, talked, played soccer and threw a football around. There was a nice breeze and the weather was more pleasant than expected.  We’ll repeat it next year!