PORTLAND, OR – 09-26-2018 (PRDistribution.com) —
One Day Conference Reminds Kids, Teens and Adults Who Stutter ‘You Are Not Alone’

The National Stuttering Association, a non-profit organization
headquartered in New York City, will be in Portland for a one-day conference delivering
empowering messages and education designed for kids, tweens, teens, young adults and adults
who stutter. The one-day conference will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 8:15AM-
3:00PM at Portland State University’s Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences. Six speakers
will address the conference. Among them are Megann McGill PhD, a speech-language
pathologist and associate professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at
Pacific University and a founding member of the NSA stuttering support group in Portland.
Attendees will be separated into age groups: kids and tweens ages 6 to 13, teens and young
adults ages 14 to 20, adults 21 and over, and parents and families. Each group has a different
focus for the day, with guided art projects, discussions focused on mindfulness, or sessions on
coping skills in anxiety-inducing social situations. “The presenters we have lined up are experts
who work with people who stutter of all ages and in a variety of settings. We also have a panel
of adults who stutter who will share their own personal experiences with stuttering and speech
therapy and will answer questions from Speech Language Pathologists with the goal of gaining
more insight for our stuttering community,” said McGill.
The NSA motto, “If you stutter you are not alone,” is the message Executive Director Tammy
Flores wants to ensure every attendee knows. “Our conferences, which we hold all over the
nation, are reminders to let individuals and families know they have resources to help them
navigate their disruptions and disfluencies when speaking, and to provide them with tools to
help with their emotional and mental well-being,” said Flores. Stuttering is defined as a
communication disorder involving disruptions, or “disfluencies,” in a person’s speech, affecting
over 3 million American adults today. The National Stuttering Association, originally named the
National Stuttering Project, was founded in California by Bob Goldman and Michael Sugarman
in 1977. The non-profit organization’s mission is to bring hope and empowerment to children
and adults who stutter, their families, and professionals through support, education, advocacy,
and research.
Portland has its own chapter. Additional chapters are located in Medford and Eugene including
a family chapter. There are over 197 local support group chapters nationwide. The one-day
conference is to be held at Portland State University: Department of Speech and Hearing
Sciences 521 SW Hall Street, Portland Oregon 97201.Guests can register at WeStutter.org. Price for a single guest is $29.00. Family price is $39.00. Limited scholarships are available for financial need. Early registration is recommended. For more information and details for the day’s event contact Executive Director Tammy Flores at [email protected] or by calling 1.800.937.8888. WeStutter.org

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