We Stutter Upstate is a community group
who stutter in the greater Greenville, SC area.
Together, we help each other accept and cope with our stuttering, build our self-confidence and become more comfortable speaking.
We meet on the first Thursday of every month over Zoom or at A to Z Speech Therapy.
At each meeting we talk about our lives and discuss issues related to living life as a person who stutters. It’s a welcoming place where conversation flows freely without fear or embarrassment, and no one feels alone.
Family members, spouses, friends and speech language pathologists are encouraged to attend.
Learn more about A to Z Speech Therapy.
WHAT TO EXPECT
During our meetings, you will gain new perspectives and deeper understanding about stuttering by seeing, hearing, and learning from others who stutter. It’s a safe place where people can speak openly and freely without judgement from others.
Watch to Learn More
The following short video shares some of the reasons people attend our meetings. You will also learn how our meetings are a place for people who stutter to receive help and give help.
Thursday, Apr 4
7:00 to 8:00 pm
Zoom link to be emailed
Zoom link will be shared closer to the meeting date on our Facebook Group and by email. To get on our email list, click the button below.
We Stutter Upstate is a local chapter of the National Stuttering Association (NSA), the world’s largest supportive organization for people who stutter. There are about 150 NSA local chapters. The NSA provides information to the stuttering community through a variety of programs and services, instilling the sense of self-worth so often missing in the lives of those who stutter.
Questions a First-Timer Might Ask
Will going to meetings cure your stutter?
No. Our meetings are not speech therapy sessions. However, participating in a stuttering community group can help you in several ways.
First, attending a meeting can help change your attitude about stuttering and possibly help free yourself of the shame, guilt and embarrassment that can make speaking challenging.
Second, if you are seeking therapy for stuttering, we can share information that will help you choose an approach that best meets your needs. Our attendees have had first-hand experience with a number of therapy programs, and we’re in touch with local speech language pathologists who specialize in working with people who stutter.
Third, if you are currently working with a speech therapist, our meetings are an opportunity to enhance your therapy by practicing speaking skills in a supportive environment.
How much do group attendees stutter?
It varies widely. Some of us may struggle on nearly every word. Others may 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 we are not going to put you on the spot to talk. We do our best to make attendees feel free to talk without fear of embarrassment through speaking in a judgment-free environment.
Are there any dues or fees?
No. But… we always love it when people bring a snack for us all to share when we meet in-person.
Have more questions?
John Moore is the We Stutter Upstate group leader. He can be reached at: 512.633.4086 – email@example.com