Los Angeles One-Day Conference

University of Southern California
Trojan Grand Ballroom at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center
University Park Campus
3351 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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Saturday, November 2, 2024
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

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Registration is below.
Welcoming families of young people who stutter, adults who stutter, SLPs, and graduate students!

The Friends One-Day Conference is a wonderful opportunity for families to come together and learn more about stuttering, supporting their child, and to begin building community. Children’s programming is activity-based and focuses on exploring attitudes and emotions, increasing understanding of stuttering, and instilling a greater sense of confidence — while making FRIENDS! SLPs and students will learn more about stuttering, current therapies, and the support available for those who stutter.


Financial assistance is available. If you would like to attend this one-day conference but you are experiencing financial difficulties and find the cost prohibitive, please reach out to Sara MacIntyre at: sara@friendswhostutter.org 

Join our individualized one-day program!

Presenters and Facilitators


Loryn McGill, M.S., CCC-SLP
is the owner of OC Stuttering Center in Costa Mesa, CA providing therapy exclusively for people who stutter and at University of Southern California she is an Adjunct Professor and teaches the graduate course in Fluency Disorders. She is the co-developer of the Childhood Stuttering Screening for Pediatricians (CSS-P) and has conducted international research examining the benefits of early identification of stuttering and its benefits as well as researched the use of medication in the treatment of stuttering.  She has been involved with various stuttering support organizations planning conferences, support groups and camps for children who stutter.  


Nora A. O’Connor LCSW
is a licensed clinical social worker and a person who stutters.  She currently is serving as the Director of Behavioral Health Programs at Wesley Health Centers in Los Angeles and operates a private practice where she focuses on treating the emotional response to stuttering.  With over 20 years of involvement in the stuttering self-help movement, Nora finds immense fulfillment in engaging with children, teenagers, and parents affected by stuttering. She is passionate about providing hope and education, recognizing that stuttering can pose challenges but also believes in the power of shared experiences within the stuttering community to enhance one’s quality of life.


Naomi H. Rodgers, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
is an assistant professor at the University Iowa. She directs the Iowa Stuttering Lab where her research team examines the cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of stuttering and communication differences more broadly. She teaches courses undergraduate and graduate in stuttering, counseling, and clinical methods for speech-language therapists. Her work is inspired by her experiences as a person who stutters, clinician, and advocate in the stuttering support community. She is deeply committed to the mission of Friends and is honored to be part of our collective journey towards greater inclusion and acceptance of stuttering.


Trisha Thapar, M.S., CCC-SLP
is a speech-language pathologist and is the owner of Adventures in Communication. She is passionate about working with the stuttering community and has collaborated on international research examining the benefits of early identification of stuttering and its benefits. She obtained her Masters of Sciences in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Chapman University. She also helped coordinate Camp SAY LA, a camp for young children who stutter through Stuttering Association for the Young. 


Sophie Tabrizi, M.A. CCC-SLP
is a speech-language pathologist, children’s book author, and person who stutters.  She works as a pediatric SLP in Southern California and has been involved in the stuttering community from a young age; attending and supporting planning for Friends conferences and events for the last 15 years.  Her passion and advocacy for stuttering started at a young age and with the support of her family, friends, and colleagues she recently published a book titled, “Ruby & Rhett Explore Stuttering.”


Greg Scott, M.A. CCC-SLP
is a speech-language pathologist who is the clinic director of the American Institute for Stuttering (AIS) in Los Angeles.  His approach puts an emphasis on radical self-acceptance which he has made the cornerstone of his practice. Prior to becoming clinic director, he worked as the official in-house Stuttering Consultant for Minneapolis Public Schools.  His stuttering-only private practice he founded was the first of its kind in the Twin Cities.  


Annie Bradberry
considers herself very blessed to be a part of the stuttering community with her involvement spanning over 40 years. She served as the past Executive Director of the National Stuttering Association (NSA) (1993-2003), and past Board Chair of the International Stuttering Association. During that time Annie served on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders, as the consumer representative. Continuing her passion for the stuttering community, she loves presenting workshops, providing in-service trainings to local universities and school districts whenever she can. With 30 years’ experience working in the non-profit sector, Annie’s full-time job is Executive Director of a national non-profit in Southern California.  


Robin Sullivan, MS, LMFT, SEP
is a licensed psychotherapist, somatic practitioner and person who stutters. She has masters degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, and Rehabilitation Counseling, and works as a trainer and consultant in working with early/developmental trauma. In her online private practice, she provides therapy to individuals and families, with a focus on managing stress and developing resiliency.  She is a NSA chapter leader, past Stutter Social co-host, national and international workshop leader, presenter to SLP classes, and has been involved with the stuttering community for over 30 years.


Mary Purpura, M.S. CCC-SLP
is the owner of Mary Purpura Speech Pathology.  She co-chaired a Friends conference in 2017, where she had the opportunity to meet many children, teens, and adults who stutter and listen to their experiences.  She was motivated to become a therapist who considers the full communication experience and helps children who stutter gain confidence. 

Sample Schedule

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Registration Form

We kindly ask that you register as early as possible, so that we can best plan for the day. However, registration is also available on-site, on the morning of the conference.

Included with your registration: We provide a basic child-friendly lunch of pizza, side salad, and fruit. Please kindly bring your own lunch in cases of dietary needs or restrictions.

All children (under the age of 18) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children’s workshops are typically recommended for ages 5 and up. However, if you think your child will be unable to be in a kids workshop without a parent/caregiver, or is under age 5, we recommend arranging childcare.

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Families: Please select a family ticket totaling $65 for your entire family (up to 6 people).

SLPs: Earn 0.55 ASHA CEUs. SLPs must stay for the full day to earn CEUs. If you do not need CEUs, please register as an individual.

Special SLP Registration (with client’s family): If you are an SLP attending with a client’s family, please register at this reduced rate. This registration also includes 0.55 CEUs.

Individuals: Please choose this option if you are an adult who stutters, a parent/guardian attending without your children, an SLP who does not need CEUs, or a graduate student who is not a confirmed volunteer for the day.

Graduate Student Volunteers: Choose this registration selection if you are a graduate student volunteer who has confirmed with conference organizers for the day. This registration includes lunch. (Note: If you are interested in volunteering, please email Sara MacIntyre at Sara@friendswhostutter.org)

FOR SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS AND STUDENTS

The Friends one-day conference 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 0.55 ASHA CEUs.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between effective intervention and self–esteem for children who stutter.
  • Describe the need for a management approach to childhood stuttering that includes parents, professionals and support networks.
  • Identify specific social and clinical strategies for supporting children and their families.

 

Read Financial and Non-Financial Disclosures

Naomi Rodgers, Ph.D., CCC-SLP receives a salary from the University of Iowa. She has no non-financial disclosures to report.
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