Virtual Teens Groups
Friends is really excited to offer Virtual Teens Groups for teens who stutter! The purpose of these groups is to create a safe space for teens to connect, inspire, and laugh with friends who stutter. All groups will be supervised by an adult.
Please fill out the form below to register. At this time, the groups will be limited to the first 20 teens to sign up.
Upcoming Dates: Wednesdays at 7:30 PM Eastern on 12/13/23, 1/10/24, and 2/14/24
Register Here: Friends Teen Group Registration
“We checked in on how things are at school and how we’re navigating meeting their classroom requirements, such as participation, presentations, etc. Some people shared their agreements with their teachers, such as “Please call on me when I raise my hand.” Others felt like they preferred to ‘tough it out’ and not have any plans. One person shared how they decided to be okay with showing their stuttering because ‘eventually everyone hears it, so you might as well be okay with it.’ This point led to a great conversation that, while we may dislike the feeling of stuttering, it really is okay to stutter.”
— Chaya Goldstein-Schuff on facilitating the October 11 Teens Group
Akaiya Bryant is a young person who stutters and has been a part of Friends for 7 years. While being a part of this organization, she has enjoyed being able to connect and interact with other teens who stutter. She has had many significant people who have impacted her life in a positive way through Friends. This has created a desire to mentor other young stutterers. Akaiya will be a senior in high school this fall. After high school, she is planning to study Deaf education. Email Akaiya
David Roney is a person who stutters and has been a part of Friends for 8 years. He has loved coming to conferences every year and meeting new people who stutter along the way! Friends has had an incredibly positive impact on his life and how he thinks about stuttering. David will be pursuing a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology starting in the fall of 2021. Email David
Naomi Rodgers is an assistant professor at the University of Iowa where she researchers the social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of stuttering and also teaches students who are on their way to becoming speech-language pathologists. Her journey as a person who stutters and engagement in the stuttering support community over the past 15 years have been a continual source of inspiration for her, both personally and professionally. Naomi lives in Iowa City, IA with her husband, young daughter, and two goldendoodles. Email Naomi
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