NSA Spring2Day Conference 2021

Think back to April 2021, we were still deep in the throes of Covid. As a response, the NSA put on a Spring2Day Online Conference with presentations covering lots of topics to help us better understand stuttering and better understand ourselves. Many of these presentations were recorded but have been buried deep on the NSA’s YouTube channel. Until now.

The following presentations are all worth watching and learning from. Make sure you watch the Covert Stuttering Exposed session because Will Nading adds his smart perspective to it. The Quieting Negative Self-Talk session was led by John Moore and participants were incredibly vulnerable in talking about how their inner voice has impacted their lives.


Covert Stuttering Exposed

Covert stuttering is a unique and often misunderstood form of stuttering. Most people who are covert do their best to hide their stuttering (or try to) and by doing so, it can take a large toll on their lives and impact many life decisions. Learn from a panel of current and recovered covert people who stutter as they share personal stories and how they reached the point of acceptance in their covert stuttering journey. This session is helpful for any person who stutters as well as for SLPs and family members wanting to learn more about covert stuttering.

This session was led by Cathy Olish Maciejewski along with Bob Wellington, Elaine Robin-Kruijd, and Will Nading.

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Talking About Stuttering

People who stutter of all ages understand stuttering in deeply personal ways. This workshop features adults, teens, and kids sharing, “What I wish people knew about stuttering.” Their insightful perspective is supported by research as well as evidence-based strategies that can be used to help parents and SLPs to foster self-advocacy, instill hope for their future, and reduce the negative impact of stuttering on a person’s overall quality of life.

This session was led by Courtney Byrd, PhD, CCC-SLP.

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Ace Your Next Job Interview

Job interviews can be difficult and stressful, especially for people who stutter. Today, many job interviews are done over the phone or video chat, which create time pressures that can increase anxiety. Learn from the NSA’s WeStutter@Work team as they share proven ways for building confidence, give advice on knowing and selling your strengths, and offer ideas for how best to disclose stuttering during the job interview process.

This session was led by Carl Coffey with panelists Ariel Mahlmann, Nora Sadik, Kelsey Smith, and Tonmoy Dahr.

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Quieting Negative Self-Talk

What does your inner voice tell you? Does it say you can’t possibly achieve something amazing because you stutter? Does your inner voice criticize your capabilities and over-analyze most everything you do? If so, then it’s time to quiet the negative self-talk in your life. During this workshop, you will explore practical ways to silence your self-sabotaging chatter that can prevent you from doing, living, and achieving your best life.

This session was led by John Moore.

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NSA Research Showcase

The NSA is committed to advancing the knowledge and understanding of stuttering through research projects. Every year the NSA Research Committee approves projects for the NSA community to participate in. In this session, expert researchers, clinicians, and professors will share research findings from recent studies about self-compassion, self-disclosure, and predictors of negative stuttering effects.

This session was hosted by Angela Medina, PhD, CCC-SLP and shared research findings from Robyn Croft, MS, CF-SLP, Megan Young, MA, CCC-SLP, and Seth Tichenor, PhD, CCC-SLP.

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