May & June 2013– Stuttering Support Group
Sorry about the sparse posts for May and June! I will do my best to update regarding these two great meetings.
In May, we met after the fundraiser for Michael’s movie – It was a success! We had somewhere between 100 – 200 people there to view the extended trailer, participate in a raffle for some quality items, and socialize! We had a great time, got to teach everyone a little bit about stuttering, and Michael’s movie is going to be amazing.
Adam facilitated the May meeting, and we talked for a LONG time about the Iceberg metaphor and how it relates to stuttering. The idea is the tip of the iceberg represents the overt, observable stuttering behaviors – repetitions, prolongations, and blocks – but what’s really happening with a person who stutters is what’s happening BELOW the surface. Accompanied by a very not so good drawing by the un-art-talented Kerry, we had a great discussion about the tip of the iceberg versus the large, jagged, overbearing chunk of ice underneath the surface.
In June, the blog writer (Kerry) was super late (had to teach a class), BUT caught the tail end of the conversation during group which had been all about personality styles / characteristics and how it relates to stuttering. As my three year old sometimes says, “that’s all I got!” The important thing is that even during the summer, we are having productive meetings and the group lives on!
In both May and June, the teen group has been meeting concurrently with our adult group, but in a different room. It has been awesome to hear the laughter, conversation, and general enthusiasm coming through the door while the teens meet. What’s also been great is having the parents of those teens join in OUR group and participate.
We are trying our best to make Portland a place that understands what stuttering is all about. We will keep working – there is always work to do.