Frequently Asked Questions
What does a local NSA self-help group do?
Our purpose is to provide information, advocacy and mutual support for people who stutter and their families.
Will going to NSA self-help meetings cure my stuttering?
No. Some of our members are speech therapists, but we don’t administer therapy. However, participating in self-help can help you deal with stuttering in several ways:
- Changing your attitudes about stuttering can help eliminate the shame, guilt and embarrassment that makes speaking difficult.
- If you are seeking stuttering treatment, we can supply information that will help you choose the therapy program that best meets your needs. Our members have had first-hand experience with a number of treatment programs, and we’re in touch with local speech-language pathologists who specialize in a variety of stuttering treatments.
- If you are currently working with a speech therapist, self-help meetings are an opportunity to get more value out of your therapy by practicing speaking or self acceptance skills in a supportive environment.
How severely do most NSA self-help group participants stutter?
It varies widely. Some of us struggle on every word, others speak fluently most of the time. There’s no such thing as a “typical” stutterer.
What happens at an NSA self-help meeting?
Our main monthly meetings are friendly and informal. Attendance ranges from about 5 to 20 people. We open the meeting with voluntary introductions and “checking in” to share recent experiences. Then, we usually have a planned discussion program to exchange information about stuttering and handling stuttering-related situations. Often times we have a video to watch, podcast to listen to, passage to read, or another planned activity to accompany and prompt discussions with.
Will I have to talk or introduce myself?
We encourage everyone to share as they feel comfortable, and nobody is going to put you on the spot. We want members to feel free to stutter without fear or embarrassment, or to practice speaking in a non-threatenin
Are there any dues or fees?
There are no chapter dues at this time, but every once in a while we ask for donations for supplies, or ask members to bring treats in to share. We urge participants to join our national organization, the National Stuttering Association, at $35 a year, to get the full benefit of membership. You can join here.