Happy Summer EVERYONE!
We were all so happy to get back together and chat it up tonight that our meeting was essentially one giant catch-up session with all the exciting things that are currently happening. There is a movement in the Pacific Northwest surrounding stuttering…something really awesome is happening! It’s not one SPECIFIC thing, but a combination of many things…all happening at once!
Tonight we had 13 in attendance, including 7 PWS, 2 PWS / SLPs, 2 SLPs, one mother of a teenager who stutters, and one mother-in-law of an SLP (Kerry) who was brought along for the ride and to share in the life of her daughter-in-law! Judy, the MIL, has a claim to fame of attending Western Michigan University and receiving a speech – language pathology degree (undergraduate) and having taken classes / been interviewed by the very one – and – only Dr. Charles Van Riper, the father / one of the best known people with regard to stuttering treatment!
Some of the exciting catch-up items we discussed:
- Michael, Ian & Cliff’s recent attendance at the National Stuttering Association’s annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona;
- Spreading the word about Michael’s documentary, The Way We Talk, in so many ways…at the NSA conference, in an upcoming Oregon Speech – Language – Hearing Association’s (OSHA) annual conference in October, and through the Western Workshop of the Stuttering Foundation;
- We have a nationally and internationally known expert, Dr. Walter Manning, coming to the OSHA conference to give an all day talk – and Andy (SLP) has had a paper accepted at the conference as well to talk about COMPREHENSIVE assessment of stuttering;
- Dunya is traveling to North Carolina to be a counselor at a performance arts camp for kids who stutter called Our Time – she was interviewed at the last minute after a female counselor withdrew, and she is heading there next week!
- Natalie is starting the SLP program at Pacific University with her unique experience and perspective of being a PWS!
A book has been recently released called “Out With It” by Katherine Preston – a memoir of a woman from the UK who stutters and who came to the United States for a year for a cure. Instead, she chronicles her journey, which has led her to a place of acceptance. Comes recommended by Glenn!
Many of us are enjoying the Pacific NW weather and beautiful outdoors, spending time with our kids, and in general, taking in all that summer has to offer. We spent a few minutes discussing the possibility of having a Fall Family Day, just to get together and talk about stuttering and have our families involved. More to discuss at the August meeting!
Our next meeting is August 27, 6:30 at the Children’s Developmental Health Institute (formerly the Artz Center) – see you there!