The NSA is actively following the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Many of us are experiencing varying degrees of restrictions based on location, and out of caution for the well-being of our community, we have suspended all in-person NSA Local Chapter meetings and local/regional events until further notice.
We have gathered an exceptional group of individuals to make up an NSA Re-Opening Committee, which will help us navigate through the next few months of re-emerging into in-person events and chapter meetings. This committee is made up of relevant experts (medical professionals, legal advisors) and impartial NSA leadership (prior Board Member, Chapter Leaders, RCCs), with careful attention paid to demographics – age, gender, geographic location – and the utmost effort to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.
Many chapters have transitioned to hosting meetings online during this time, and we encourage you to check with the individual Chapter Leaders for details.
NSA Adult Chapters
The National Stuttering Association’s motto: If You Stutter, You’re Not Alone, is what our local support groups are all about! For many, NSA chapter meetings are the first time they have ever talked about stuttering with other people who stutter. Local support groups are a proven way to build self-confidence, practice speaking in a safe environment and explore new ways to cope with stuttering. Chapter meetings are open to adults who stutter, parents/significant others/friends of stutterers, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), and anyone that wants to learn more about stuttering. If you don’t see a chapter in your area and are interested in starting one, or if you have any further questions regarding our Adult Chapters, please contact our Adult Programs Chair, Tom Scharstein.
Chapters Grouped by State
Italics indicates a state in which we do not currently have a chapter. If you are interested in starting a chapter in one of these areas, please contact the names listed on that state’s page.
NSA Family Programs
Our Family Chapters are the place to meet other kids and teens who stutter and their parents. Meeting people face to face is the greatest way to learn that if you stutter, you are not alone. We offer combined Family Groups, NSAKids, NSA Teen groups. Parents are encouraged to participate in the groups and are required to stay with minor children. If there is currently not a chapter in your area, please keep checking, as new groups are forming fast. If you don’t see a chapter in your area and are interested in starting one, or if you have any further questions regarding our Family Chapters, please contact Family Programs Chair Annemarie Whitesel.
Support Groups come in five varieties
NSAKids groups are designed for young children who stutter (age 7-12) and their parents.
NSA Teen groups are designed for teenagers (age 13-17) who stutter and their families. Teen groups help adolescents who stutter meet others who have faced similar challenges in their lives.
Family chapters are designed for all children, ‘tweens, and teens (ages 7-17) who stutter and their families.
Adult chapters are designed for adults who stutter (18+) and their families. Our Adult Chapters form one of the core programs of the NSA.
Military Support chapters are for active and former military personnel and explore the challenges unique to those PWS who serve.
Interested in starting or leading a chapter?
It can be easier than you might think! Simply contact the Regional Chapter Coordinator in your state, or the Family Programs or Adult Programs Chair indicated above (depending on the type of chapter you are interested in starting), and we’ll walk you through the process. We also offer Junior Chapter Leader positions in which teens ages 13-17 can apprentice.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Our purpose is to provide information, advocacy and mutual support for people who stutter and their families.
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.
Our main monthly meetings are friendly and informal. Attendance ranges from 15 to 40 people. We open the meeting by “checking in” to share recent experiences. Then we usually have a discussion program to exchange information about stuttering and handling stuttering-related situations.
We used to consider you an NSA member only if you paid annual dues. That used to cover the cost of mailing our Letting Go newsletter and made the newsletter a “perk” of membership. Now that our publications are distributed mostly online, dropping the dues requirement enables us to be more inclusive. So people who participate in our programs can identify with the NSA as members whether or not they can contribute financially.
Supporters benefit from possible tax deductions, recognition as a contributor, and the satisfaction of knowing you are helping the NSA reach out to more people who stutter.
If participating in NSA activities has helped you, we hope you will “give back” to the extent you are able to contribute. Over the years, the NSA has grown because people came to us for support, gained self-confidence and strength through our programs, and were then empowered to reach out to others. Are you one of those people?
People who stutter (young and old!), as well as their families, are encouraged to attend. There is a variety of programming for people of all ages, as well as for family members. Additionally, we strongly encourage speech-language pathologists and speech-language pathology students to join us.