Virtual Adults Group for 20-30 Year Olds
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.
Upcoming Dates: Thursdays at 7:30 PM Eastern on 12/14/23, 1/11/24, and 2/8/24
“We had a great meeting with seven attendees, four of whom were first-timers and three of whom were new to the concept of support groups. We discussed the challenges of disclosing, starting on the acceptance journey, and the fact that we can only control ourselves, and not really how we’re viewed. During the meeting, one participant made a phone call stuttering openly while asking the Trader Joe’s recipient if they had something specific at the store. A couple of us even got to do some role-playing at the end of the meeting.“
— Stavros Ladeas on facilitating the November 9 Adult Group
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 and has loved every minute of being involved with Friends over the last 8 years. In addition to other leadership roles within the organization, she has been recently enjoying having the opportunity to facilitate the Virtual Adult Group and now to oversee the new Virtual Teen Group. She is looking forward to pursuing her PsyD in School Psychology at St. John’s University this fall. Email Josette
Aileen Quattlander 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
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
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
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