MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ, August 18, 2021—The Monmouth County Chapter of the National Stuttering Association will celebrate its first anniversary at an in-person, outdoor meeting in Matawan on September 23. Meeting primarily online since last summer, the chapter has been connecting people who stutter in and around Monmouth County in an informal and non-judgmental manner to discuss life events, family and challenges. Speech-language pathologists, family members and friends also have participated in these meetings.
Founded in 1977, the National Stuttering Association (NSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope and empowerment to adults and children who stutter, their families and speech professionals through support, education, advocacy and research. One of the most important aspects of the group is its network of nearly 200 local chapters across the United States through which more than 2,500 people each month discuss life, stuttering, and how best to cope with their disfluency. In New Jersey, other chapters meet in Galloway, Hillside, Mullica Hill and Stratford.
“Despite the challenges posed by the Coronavirus, our chapter has had a terrific first year talking, joking and even playing games. Our members have shared stories about their daily lives, families and pets, famous people who stutter, and challenges they face at work. They have enjoyed the conversations and often have helped each other tackle a variety of problems,” said Joanne Summer, a Manasquan-based speech-language pathologist who leads the chapter. “We are continuing to get the word out about the chapter, and the other incredible educational and networking programs offered through our national organization, and invite more people who stutter to participate in our meetings.”
To attend the upcoming celebration or to learn more about the NSA, email your name and phone number to Ms. Summer at [email protected]. Information on the NSA and stuttering also can be found at www.westutter.org.