26th Annual Convention

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Join FRIENDS in Chicago from July 13-15, 2023

Our mission continues to be what it has always been—to provide support and education to young people who stutter, their families, and clinicians. Instilling a sense of empowerment, providing an environment where feelings of isolation disappear and growing confidence and self-esteem continues to be the foundation of our vision. We want our young people who stutter to know they are strong, they have support, they are not alone, and they have FRIENDS who will listen to them.

Join us at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago O’Hare Rosemont between July 13-15, 2023 as FRIENDS celebrates 26 years of providing support and community for young people who stutter and their families. Meet kids, parents, siblings, and SLPs all hoping for the same unforgettable time as you. When you leave on Sunday, we are positive you will tell your new FRIENDS how happy you are that you decided to come to a FRIENDS convention, followed by a ‘See you next year!’ If you have any questions, please email friends@friendswhostutter.org.

For Kids and Teens

Increase your confidence

Meet others who stutter

Find role models who stutter

Have fun talking!

Learn about stuttering

For Parents

Meet other parents & share experiences

Hear tips and support from fellow parents & young people who stutter

Join in roundtable discussions

Find out what you can do to support your child

For SLPs & Teachers

Receive invaluable education from experts and researchers

Gain more confidence in working with people who stutter & their families

Learn more about stuttering, effective social/clinical strategies, & support services


Listen to a perspectives from FRIENDS conferences from a teen, parent, and SLP

Research Corner

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.


The FRIENDS Annual Convention is a fantastic place for speech-language pathologists and students to learn more about stuttering, current treatments and the support available to people who stutter, while earning 1.2 ASHA CEUs.


At the completion of the conference, participants are able to:

  • Explain the relationship between effective intervention, support services, and self-esteem in children and adolescents who stutter;
  • Identify social and clinical strategies for supporting children who stutter and their families;
  • Apply problem-solving skills to address common treatment obstacles.

Read Financial and Non-Financial Disclosures

Financial: Lee Caggiano – None; Hope Gerlach – None; Heather Grossman – None; Caryn Herring – None; Eric Jackson – None; Sara MacIntyre – None; Mark O’Malia – None; Patricia Zebrowski – None;


Non-Financial: Lee Caggiano – FRIENDS President (non-compensated); Hope Gerlach – None; Heather Grossman – None; Caryn Herring – FRIENDS Chairperson of Board of Directors (non-compensated); Sara MacIntyre – None; Mark O’Malia – None; Patricia Zebrowski – None 

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

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