Virtual Teens Groups

Join us!

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 5/8/24, 6/12/24, and 8/14/24

Register Here: Friends Teen Group Registration

Group Summary

We had a great January teen group! We connected by sharing where we lived, our hobbies, and our favorite movies or TV shows. Hobbies ranged from music to video games to sports and playing instruments. Many people had overlapping interests and had fun meeting others like them.

We talked about communication, success, and challenges since the start of the new year and the value of taking risks and feeling proud when doing something hard. Someone shared how they challenged their fear of public speaking and were talking to his entire school about stuttering. Another person shared how she ordered what she wanted and how it felt good to say what she wanted to say. We talked about how stuttering can be hard at times, but that doesn’t have to stop us from communicating effectively. We could be proud of what we did do, and celebrate that.

— Chaya Goldstein-Schuff on facilitating the January 10 Teens Group

Team

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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