Virtual Adults Group for 20-30 Year Olds

Join us!

Friends is really excited to offer Virtual Adults Groups for 20-30 year olds, which includes anyone between the ages of 18-39. These groups provide a comfortable space for adults who stutter to share stories and laughs virtually. Adult groups run for an hour and 15 minutes.

Upcoming Dates: Thursdays at 7:30 PM Eastern on 6/13/24 and 8/8/24

Sign up here: Virtual Adults Group for 20-30 Year Olds Registration Form

Group Summary

Group Photo from May's Virtual Adult Group

“We had a great group tonight. We started the group talking about how our stuttering changes when we are more isolated versus having daily interaction with people. The daily interactions help to continuously push ourselves and feel more comfortable with our stuttering. We also talked about self disclosing in different areas in our life and how to handle different responses you may receive. It was a great discussion with all of our unique perspectives!”

— Aileen Rife on facilitating the May 9th Adult Group

Meet the Facilitation Team

Aileen Rife is a person who stutters and has been involved in Friends for over 18 years. Friends has had a significant positive impact on her life and she loves the chance to meet new people who stutter through the Virtual Adult Group. Aileen is a licensed CPA and works for a real estate investment firm. Email Aileen

Stavros Ladeas is a PWS, a proud father and software engineer based in Providence, RI. He spent a decade in NYC where he met his amazing wife and became involved in the stuttering advocacy community. His work challenges him and helps him grow, and he enjoys being a new parent in his free time. Email Stavros

Mike Turner is a father, a husband, a filmmaker, and a person who stutters. He attended FRIENDS for the first time in 2014, where he gave the keynote address about making his autobiographical film The Way We Talk. He lives in Oregon. Email Mike

Josette Tugander is a person who stutters, New York State certified school psychologist, and doctoral student in the School Psychology PsyD program at St. John’s University. She has been involved in Friends for over a decade and was one of the original founders of the virtual groups during the height of the pandemic. Friends has introduced Josette to some of her biggest mentors and greatest friends, and she has loved every minute of being involved in this incredible organization. Email Josette

Róisín McManus is stutterer, nurse practitioner and mother. She has been involved with Friends since 2010, and still gets chills witnessing its impact on kids, families, adults and therapists. She works as a nurse practitioner specializing in palliative care, and lives in Providence, RI with her husband, daughter and extended family. Email Róisín

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