My Reaction to the Friends 2012 Convention

Growing up I didn’t go to anything remotely similar to a Friends Convention. Despite a family history of stuttering, my family wasn’t interested learning a great deal about the disorder. My dad received a couple months of therapy as a young adult. I received therapy...

Siblings Speak

Sibling Advice from the 2009 Convention: Don’t overdo stuff — Chloe, 12 years old Stop worrying — Maddie, 6 years old Don’t get frustrated when you stutter — Nick, 10 years old The only voice that matters is you. — Elizabeth, 8 years old If someone is...

Parent’s Thoughts

Be open about your stuttering; talk about it, it’s ok. I don’t think of you any differently than my other kids who don’t stutter. You can be up front about your stuttering. Being open about it can help you and people you talk to. We really love you. Nothing is...

Unforgettable Lessons

by Dahye Choi The FRIENDS Convention in Denver was my first FRIENDS Convention. As a Ph.D. student doing research on stuttering, I wanted to meet people and listen to their stories. The experience in the convention was beyond my expectations. Everyone who gathered...

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...
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