National Stuttering Association starts new chapter
The National Stuttering Association, a non-profit organization headquartered in New York City, is establishing a local chapter for the residents of Florence County. The monthly meetings will be held on the first Monday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. at Francis Marion University in the Carter Center for Health Sciences. The new chapter is a free community resource and provides support to adults ranging from college students, speech-language pathologists, counselors, therapists, and parents of children who stutter.
Skye Lewis, Ph.D., is the Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at Francis Marion University and responsible for spearheading the new chapter. “I am starting this chapter as I have experienced the need for the community. The nearest chapter to Florence is in Columbia, a two hour drive round trip, which makes it difficult to attend meetings regularly; having meetings locally fulfills this need for our community,” said Lewis. Stuttering is defined as a communication disorder involving disruptions, of “disfluencies,” in a person’s speech, affecting over 3 million American adults today.
The chapter meetings are a resource, providing a safe place to talk about stuttering, a way to build self-confidence, practice speaking in a safe environment, and a place to explore new ways to cope with stuttering. “We are looking forward to supporting Dr. Lewis and the community of Florence County, we know how effective these meetings are in changing the lives of people who stutter,” said Tammy Flores, Executive Director of the National Stuttering Association.