Speech-Language Pathology professionals (Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), or informally speech therapists) specialize in communication disorders as well as swallowing disorders. Below is an article that shows the courage of some of the youngsters who have joined our organization.

I was a little scared…and I did it anyway!

Young people who stutter show us acts of courage on a daily basis. They often make choices that may increase their risk of being uncomfortable, feeling different and possibly ending up at the receiving end of ridicule. Friends would like to honor these acts of courage, and encourage our young clients to continue taking risks and being honest about their stuttering. My name is Michael. I am 9 years old and live on Long Island. I love baseball. My favorite player is I stutter and I ran for student council at my school. I won! My name is Courtney. I am 13 years old and live on Long Island. I love playing soccer. My favorite music is the Jonas Brothers I stutter and volunteered for a part in my class play. My name is Kristen. I am 11 years old and live on Long Island. I have two sisters I love acting. I stutter and wrote a letter to all my teachers telling them about my stuttering. My name is Zachary. I am 7 years old and live on Long Island.  I really love football. My favorite player is I stutter and talked to my class about stuttering so they would know why it takes me a longer time to talk sometimes. My name is Daniel I am 10 years old and live on Long Island. I am in Project challenge. I make paper sculptors. I stutter and presented a 9 paragraph report to my class. My name is Zach I am 10 years old. I love basketball. I love skateboarding. I stutter and talk over the loud speaker...

I was a little scared…and I did it anyway!

Young people who stutter show us acts of courage on a daily basis. They often make choices that may increase their risk of being uncomfortable, feeling different and possibly ending up at the receiving end of ridicule. Friends would like to honor these acts of courage, and encourage our young clients to continue taking risks and being honest about their stuttering. My name is Michael. I am 9 years old and live on Long Island. I love baseball. My favorite player is I stutter and I ran for student council at my school. I won! My name is Courtney. I am 13 years old and live on Long Island. I love playing soccer. My favorite music is the Jonas Brothers I stutter and volunteered for a part in my class play. My name is Kristen. I am 11 years old and live on Long Island. I have two sisters I love acting. I stutter and wrote a letter to all my teachers telling them about my stuttering. My name is Zachary. I am 7 years old and live on Long Island.  I really love football. My favorite player is I stutter and talked to my class about stuttering so they would know why it takes me a longer time to talk sometimes. My name is Daniel I am 10 years old and live on Long Island. I am in Project challenge. I make paper sculptors. I stutter and presented a 9 paragraph report to my class. My name is Zach I am 10 years old. I love basketball. I love skateboarding. I stutter and talk over the loud speaker...

Wishes for Others – Denver

Dear Ian, I wish you were a millionaire! Plus cool hat! Also I wish you would never be bullied again. From, Evan Dear Wraith (chase), I hope you learn stuttering techniques. Your friend,Ian To: Ian honey badger Hope to be your captain next year and bring your shirt. Ryan Bliss From Liam: I wish Quinn lived next to me Seth lived close to me. Leslie had mansion From Ryan: I just wish I could stop stuttering, but that doesn’t matter. From Riley: I wish Grant would keep having fun. From Ryan: I wish that Friends would never end and I hope I come next year and each year gets better. I’ve seen your grandson with kids all weekend. He continued to grow and realized the gift he has in grandparents in you. From Allen: I wish to see your whole family at next year’s convention. I wish the schools and teachers would understand that Sonny is a very special kind hearted kid I wish you can realize that no matter how much we get on each other’s nerves it means a lot to me that you come to all these with me. I wish to be back next year. Chase- I hope you continue on your path to understanding and you can change the world one client at a time. I hope Jimmy has the chance to become the chef he has always wanted to be Clifford: I wish everybody here can have a great time at Friends. I wish that all the families who have not been fortunate enough to find Friends will do so and come and...

Stuttering Secrets Shared at a Convention

“Although a large majority of the time I do not focus on my stuttering, I still find myself avoiding and becoming very frustrated and embarrassed when my stuttering surfaces. I am not comfortable with openly stuttering.”

Wishes for Self – Denver

Parents: Meet new people and help others any way I can My  daughter will go to the group she is most comfortable in Young Adult or Teen. Help someone else or another family realize what I have and that stuttering is just another part of him. My best hope for this weekend is to learn to become more supportive of the person I love who stutters. For my family to form even deeper friendships. I hope I learn to be more patient when I am pressed for time and my son is having a “bad hair day.” Share hopes, dreams, and experiences with other parents and watch children grow and feel excited. I hope my son tries something uncomfortable to him (open mic, being on panel). I hope my son welcomes new people into the group. I hope to improve how to listen to a person who stutters. I hope my son leaves with renewed confidence. I hope to learn stronger patience with my son. I hope to learn how to help my son understand that there are also struggles that a parent goes through. To watch other kids grow as our boys did. Learning about different methods of therapy. Coping mechanisms for Sean in order to deal with ridicule from peers. Understanding some of the causes of triggers of stuttering. I hope that by reaching out to others both kids who stutter and, I can reach a deeper comfort with how to support my daughter in the life phase she is in right now. I hope Joe gets more comfortable with his stuttering and doesn’t let it stop...