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.
Upcoming Dates: Saturdays at 10:00 AM on 12/16/23, 1/13/24, and 2/10/24
Register Here: Friends Kids Group Registration
“We talked a lot about our friends, how we talk about stuttering with them and their reactions. I asked if anyone has made friends with others because of stuttering and I got so many incredible responses.”
Here are what some of the kids had to say!
“Speech therapy at my school is really fun!”
“I have a friend who stutters, my speech therapist.”
“I was going to speech therapy to fix my stuttering. Then one of my friends told me it is part of me and I shouldn’t get rid of it. Now I go for different reasons.”
— George Daquila on facilitating the November 11 Kids Group
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
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
Sophie Tabrizi is a person who stutters and has been a part of the Friends community for 13 years. She is currently in graduate school at the University of Colorado, Boulder studying Speech-Language Pathology. Sophie will be graduating next summer and hopes to specialize in fluency disorders down the line. Friends gave Sophie a lifelong community at the age of 10. She looks forward to meeting others who stutter through the Friends virtual groups! Email Sophie
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