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If you stutter, you have FRIENDS

FRIENDS is the only national organization dedicated solely to empowering young people who stutter and their families.
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Join Us for a Virtual FRIENDS Convention (formerly planned in Baltimore, MD)

18 jun 2020 – 20 jun 2020

FRIENDS 23rd Annual Convention

Virtual Convention | Zoom

Join us virtually for the 23rd FRIENDS Annual Convention. Connect with kids, teens, adults, parents, siblings, and SLPs all hoping for the same unforgettable time as you. Registration is now open!

New research on the impact of Friends

Why attend a Friends Convention? We partnered with researchers at the University of Iowa to understand the positive impact our conventions have on young people who stutter. They found the following five results:

  1. Children and teenagers built strong relationships and a sense of community in a safe environment.
  2. Collaborative learning facilitated personal growth.
  3. Communicative and cognitive changes persisted beyond the convention.
  4. Hearing and sharing personal stories increased self-acceptance and acceptance of others.
  5. Living with stuttering can be hard, but the convention helped normalize stuttering.

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Our Mission

FRIENDS aims to provide support, education and empowerment to children and teens who stutter, their families and clinicians.

Our annual conventions and regional one day conferences provide the opportunities for life-changing experiences that can impact long lasting feelings about stuttering and offer new hope for a life with stuttering. FRIENDS seeks to make life easier for young people who stutter and their families.

Our Story

In 1997, FRIENDS was founded by John Ahlbach and Lee Caggiano to meet the need for organized support and education for young people who stutter and their families. Over the years, we have expanded into a national organization that hosts a large annual convention each July and many regional one-day conferences around the country throughout the year.

Annual Conventions

One Day Conferences

Attendees

Explore FRIENDS

Stepping Up

A teen mentoring program gives teens who stutter the opportunity to support children who stutter.

Regional One-Day Conferences

Full days of group activities, presentations, and panels designed to offer support and information to children and families 

Annual Convention

A 3-day immersive convention with abundant support, family-oriented events, keynote speakers, and workshops for all

We felt like we ‘belonged’ as soon as we arrived at the hotel. We benefitted so much from hearing of other families’ journeys, their challenges and their victories.

– John, convention attendee

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FRIENDS

FRIENDS: The National Association for Young People Who Stutter is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)3.

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FRIENDS
23429 County Road 1
Berthoud, CO 80513

friends@friendswhostutter.org