We meet on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Our current meeting location is at John Moore’s house located near downtown Greenville. It’s a casual and comfortable environment that welcomes new attendees.
If you have any questions about our meetings, please email John Moore or call him at 512.633.4086. We hope you can join us at an upcoming meeting.
Upcoming meeting dates for 2018:
>> Feb. 1 — 111 Grove Road, Greenville, SC 29605 [map]
>> Mar. 1
>> Apr. 5
>> May 3
The following is a video recap of our June 2017 meeting. This video was created to share on the NSA Chapter Leader Facebook group page but it’s also something that will give potential attendees a taste of what they can expect at a We Stutter Upstate meeting.
Questions a First-timer Might Ask
What happens at a National Stuttering Association local chapter meeting?
Our purpose is to provide fellowship, advocacy and mutual support for people who stutter and people who have a special interest in stuttering. Our monthly meetings are friendly and informal. Attendance ranges from 6 to 15 people. We open the meeting by “checking in” to share recent experiences and then we usually have a discussion about stuttering and handling stuttering-related situations.
Will going to meetings cure my stuttering?
No. Our meetings are not therapy sessions. However, participating in a self-help stuttering group can help you in several ways.
First, attending a meeting can help change your attitudes about stuttering and possibly help a person free themselves of the shame, guilt and embarrassment that makes speaking difficult.
Second, if you are seeking stuttering treatment, we can share 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 treating people who stutter.
Third, 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 skills in a supportive environment.
How severely do most group participants stutter?
It varies widely. Some of us struggle on every word, others speak fluently much of the time. There’s no such thing as a “typical” stutterer.
Will I have to talk or introduce myself?
We encourage everyone to share as they feel comfortable, but nobody’s going to put you on the spot. Attendees feel free to stutter without fear of embarrassment, or to practice speaking in a non-threatening environment.
Are there any dues or fees?
No. But… we always love it when people bring a snack for us all to share.