Virtual Kids Groups
FRIENDS is really excited to begin offering a Virtual Kids Groups. A space for kids who stutter to meet other kids who stutter, make friends who stutter and enjoy each other’s company. All groups will be facilitated by an adult.
At this time, the groups will be limited to the first 12 participants to sign up. If your child received a “spot” in the group, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom information. We will definitely work to add more groups in the future if there is enough interest!
Age Range: This group is for kids aged 6 to 11. If you’re looking for a group for 12 years and older, please view our Virtual Teen Group.
Sign Up Here: FRIENDS Kids Group Registration Form
Arin Sheeler I am the proud parent of a young boy who stutters. Our family found FRIENDS through The Ohio State University One-Day Conference in 2018, and we attended our first Annual Convention in Chicago in 2019. My husband and 3 children and I live in Columbus, Ohio, and both my husband and I work for The Ohio State University. I am a Speech Language Pathologist specializing in adults with acquired neurogenic communication disorders. I work part time as a Clinical Supervisor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in the Rehabilitation Hospital. We fell in love with FRIENDS because of the fantastic people that we have met and the welcoming community. Our son especially has felt a real sense of belonging in the FRIENDS family, and I am excited to be a part of helping FRIENDS continue to flourish! Email Arin
Bridget Allen Chapman, M.A. CCC-SLP is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University and serves as coordinator of The Flaum Fluency Program. She received her B.S. from West Virginia University and her M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. Bridget has experience working with pediatric clients in out-patient clinics, schools, and home-based settings. She currently teaches and provides supervision to graduate clinicians in the OSU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Bridget’s focus of interest is working with children and adults who stutter. She is involved in SSPEAK- The Annie Glenn Chapter of the National Stuttering Association at Ohio State and FRIENDS- The National Association of Young People Who Stutter. Email Bridget
Hope Gerlach is a supporter of the stuttering community and a speech therapist. She is an assistant professor at Western Michigan University, where part of her role involves working with clients who stutter of all ages in a supervisory role at the clinic. Hope is a big believer in the mission of FRIENDS! She conducted a study with her colleagues that documented many positive outcomes for youth who stutter who attended a FRIENDS annual convention. Community makes all the difference. Email Hope
Kristel Kubart, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and a passionate person who stutters. She has been volunteering with FRIENDS for 14 years. She believes that it is important to ‘show up’ for members of the stuttering community and to live the message that, “It’s ok to stutter.” She works as a speech therapist at an elementary school in Brooklyn, NY where she also supervises NYU graduate students. Additionally, she is a speech therapist at the American Institute for Stuttering, where she works exclusively with children, teens, and adults who stutter, both in-person and virtually. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross and her M.S. in Speech and Language Pathology from Purdue University. At Purdue she worked as part of a team of researchers to help understand how stuttering develops in young children. She is happily married and lives with her husband Jason and their cat Winnie in Brooklyn, NY. Email Kristel
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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