Winter Convention

Join us for the 1st Winter Friends Convention, which will take place virtually on January 30 & 31, 2021 from 12 pm to 3:30 pm ET. We are excited to offer this virtual alternative, which will allow for continued support, connection, and joy with FRIENDS. This is a family event – register with your family! Preview the Convention Schedule

Our mission continues to be what it has always been—to provide support and education to young people who stutter, their families, and clinicians. Instilling a sense of empowerment, providing an environment where feelings of isolation disappear and growing confidence and self-esteem continues to be the foundation of our vision. We want our young people who stutter to know they are strong, they have support, they are not alone, and they have FRIENDS who will listen to them. Below are reflections and snippets from past conventions.

For Kids and Teens

Increase your confidence

Meet others who stutter

Find role models who stutter

Have fun talking!

Learn about stuttering

For Parents

Meet other parents & share experiences

Hear tips and support from fellow parents & young people who stutter

Join in roundtable discussions

Find out what you can do to support your child

For SLPs & Teachers

Receive invaluable education from experts and researchers

Gain more confidence in working with people who stutter & their families

Learn more about stuttering, effective social/clinical strategies, & support services

Barry Yeoman's Keynote Address

Watch Barry’s Keynote address from the FRIENDS Annual Virtual Convention 2020 titled “Meeting a plague with stuttering community”.

Joel Korte's Keynote

Watch Joel’s Keynote address from the FRIENDS Annual Virtual Convention 2020 titled “Living Our Best Lives As Stutterers”.

Read 2019 Convention Reflections

“I truly believe that FRIENDS teaches people how to be better listeners, more empathetic and advocate for what they want/believe in — all of which are and continue to make the world a better place.”

A Snippet

Watch a parent group underway during a FRIENDS convention. In this discussion, parents share their families’ experiences with stuttering and respond to the question, “How has your child’s stuttering affected you?”

Research Corner

Why attend a Friends Convention? We partnered with researchers at the University of Iowa to understand the positive impact our conventions have on young people who stutter. They found the following five results:

  1. Children and teenagers built strong relationships and a sense of community in a safe environment.
  2. Collaborative learning facilitated personal growth.
  3. Communicative and cognitive changes persisted beyond the convention.
  4. Hearing and sharing personal stories increased self-acceptance and acceptance of others.
  5. Living with stuttering can be hard, but the convention helped normalize stuttering.
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