We know that attending your Conference for the first time can be both exciting and overwhelming. We know you might be thinking… Can I afford it? I won’t know anyone! I’m scared. Will it just be boring lectures the whole time? (Absolutely not!) We’ve heard it all, and have the answers to put your mind at ease.
The Annual Conference is a safe and supportive place where you can be completely open about your stuttering. No one will laugh or judge your speech. It’s a patient and supportive environment. That’s because we all get it and have been there ourselves. We welcome people who stutter of all ages, and speech-language pathologists, research specialists and the loved ones of people who stutter. Stuttering brings us together, and the NSA keeps us together.
Before you come to the Conference as a First Timer, you’ll be contacted by a past Conference attendee who will introduce themselves to you, tell you a little of what to expect and answer any of those worrisome questions you might have. (It’s always fun when you meet the person who called you face-to-face at the Conference!)
We hope this information helps you to prepare well for your first Conference. It’s going to be an exciting time that you’ll always remember, and the experience will leave a lasting impression. If you have any questions that we didn’t answer here, be sure to contact us, or ask the person who calls you to welcome you to the NSA Annual Conference.