Our First Friends Conference and What It Has Meant to Our Family

Last year was our first year at the Friends conference. Our little Sophie, now 11 years old, has been stuttering for the past 6 years. We really had no idea what stuttering was or what causes it. We still don’t. But we could see it bothered Sophie. Before the...

Hotel Lobbies

Hotel room:$129/night Flight: $210 Registration:$320 Clamor of voices: Priceless That old VISA advertisement often comes to mind as I watch the beginning of a FRIENDS conference. Looking back on the weekend, I treasure the picture of young adults and teens hanging out...

The Tabrizi Family

I gained so much from the speakers and parents who are helping their kids gain self-esteem and confidence. Since the FRIENDS convention my son has had a life–changing attitude towards his stuttering and his ability to communicate in public. Friends truly understand...

Wake Me Up Inside

by David Friedman Last year, back in Secaucus, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. At age 33, it was my first experience with the stuttering community. I felt so out of place even though I stuttered all my life. The Friends conference in 2003 put me in a...

Three Days of Happiness

It all starts on Thursday night All kids are thinking: “Will they like me?, Will I stutter?, Will I make friends?” Parents meet and talk to other parents; some stutter some don’t Kids start to walk around and talk to other kids They still don’t...

Stuttering Without Shame

by Mary Ricketson Reading Reaching Out is always a perk-up for me. I pick up the mail. It’s an ordinary after work time, and there is my newsletter. Even if I’m already in a good mood, something gets better. It’s the connection and the positive...
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