April 23, 2013– Stuttering Support Group
It’s our TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
Unfortunately, there was also a HUGE accident on the 5 (Interstate) right before rush hour traffic – and it made all traffic in Portland come to a complete standstill. It was NOT pretty. So attendance was a little bit down…but we still managed to celebrate with cake, gluten free cupcakes, and some great company. We had people come in throughout the whole 90 minutes, and in the end, we had SIXTEEN PEOPLE in attendance (4 PWS, 1 partner of a PWS, 2 SLP / PWS, 3 SLPs, 6 students).
The big SURPRISE of the night was that Kerry was able to get LESLEY RYTEL, our group’s founder, on Google Hangout to “hangout” with us that night. We had the opportunity to thank her for starting the group, for her to “meet” the current members, and to chat with her about her current work in Austin, TX as an SLP.
Lesley started the stuttering support group as a culminating experience for her master’s degree at PSU under the direction of Glenn (PWS / SLP) and Kerry (professor of speech pathology). The idea of having a support group in Portland had been on Glenn’s heart for a long time, and Lesley was able to make that dream a reality! Because of her hard work, dedication, and friendly spirit, the group has been thriving and busy for the past two years. Every single month we have new people show up in addition to loyal attendees since the group started.
We celebrated the anniversary with goodies and coffee, and also got to celebrate Emily’s announcement of her attendance at Camp Our Time (in Hendersonville, NC) and her receipt of a very large scholarship. Camp Our Time is a drama / performing arts camp for kids who stutter. Exciting stuff indeed!
We are also looking forward to the fundraiser for Michael Turner’s movie, The Way We Talk – a documentary about stuttering and how it’s hard to say what’s in your heart. On May 18th there will be a fundraiser for the movie hosted by the Pacific University Chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.