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We hope you and your families are safe, healthy, and have access to the resources you need during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is truly an unprecedented and challenging time. At FRIENDS, we care deeply about our community and the well-being of individuals and families, especially during times like these.
We are excited to announce monthly programming, including kid groups, teen groups, adult groups, parent groups, and special monthly events — a time for everyone! Join us as we explore a new way to provide support for young people who stutter, their families and the stuttering community. Please use this page for reference as we share updates on these activities. We also invite you to engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Virtual Kids Groups
A space for kids who stutter to meet other kids who stutter, make friends who stutter, and enjoy each other’s company.
Virtual Teen Groups
A space for teens to connect, inspire, and laugh with friends who stutter.
Virtual Adult Groups for 20-30 Year Olds
A space for young adults who stutter to share stories and laughs in a safe and caring space.
Virtual Adult Groups
A space for adults who stutter to share stories and laughs during this challenging time.
Virtual Parent Groups
A space for parents, guardians, and relatives to connect, share ideas and concerns, and learn helpful strategies to best support their young person who stutters.
Community Speaker Series
A space for everyone to come together every month to reflect, laugh, and inspire.
FRIENDS Supporting FRIENDS
This is a discussion group where we invite people to share ideas and messages of support during the challenging times we are currently living through. Everyone is welcome to share activities they have done with their families that others may be interested in hearing, as well as interesting online resources and notes of support. And of course, this forum can simply be used to connect with FRIENDS! Click here to join the group. (Note: You must be logged into Facebook to view this group.)
Virtual Open Mic
Friends is starting a virtual open mic! If you’ve attended an annual convention, then you know how much fun and empowering open mics are. In this challenging time that may feel a bit isolating, the virtual open mic offers young people who stutter and their families a platform to share their voices and connect with the stuttering community. It’s your time to be heard. Tell a joke, share your best advice for someone else who stutters, do a dance, play an instrument, or share something else that brings you joy! If you are interested in participating, talk to a parent or guardian and then email a short video to email@example.com!
Watch Lexi and Josette’s open mic videos here!
Here are some ideas!
- Send your thanks to healthcare workers
- Sing a song
- Play an instrument
- Tell a joke
- Your best advice to another person who stutters
- Your best advice to a younger child who stutters
- What would you like to say to your parents about stuttering?
- Your best advice to teachers with students who stutter
- What is one (or a couple of things) you are thankful for?
- While you are home, what are some things you are doing that make you happy?
- What is one hobby you have picked up, or are planning to pick up during the coming weeks?
- If there is one thing you could tell the coronavirus, what would it be?
Creating a Stutter-Friendly Virtual Learning Environment
Classroom settings can often be a site of stress and obstacles for children who stutter. Concerns that students may have about being given the opportunity and time to speak may be amplified as classes move online. Additionally, outside stress and the change in routine might make this time an exceptionally difficult one for students to manage their stuttering. To learn of some ways that you, as teachers, can make your virtual classroom an accommodating learning environment, read more here. (Young people and parents, this is also a great resource to download and share with your teachers.)
Below are external resources that may be helpful. We will continue to update this portion of the page as we learn of new articles, podcasts, and other resources.
That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief (via Harvard Business Review)
A helpful read for those of us feeling grief during this coronavirus pandemic.
Family Wellness: Resources to Take Care of Yourself and Your Children (via Breathe for Change)
This resource is for parents and caregivers navigating this stressful time. It offers three wellness practices including breathing, checking in, and practicing loving kindness.
On the Front Lines of COVID-19 with Roisin McManus (via StutterTalk)
This StutterTalk podcast isn’t about stuttering, but features two amazing adults who stutter, Chaya Goldstein talking to Roisin McManus about her work in a NYC hospital. A really important listen.
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