Over time, children may pull back from the world, silencing themselves to hide the stutter, the embarrassment and the shame.
As a parent of a child who stutters, you understand the impact that diminished confidence and self-esteem can have on a child, and how important it is for young people to be better equipped with the tools they need to more effectively navigate the everyday world and overcome obstacles and fears. Children who stutter can also feel isolated and alone if they do not know other young people who stutter.
We are here to give you the support you need to help your child continue to grow and succeed. In addition to this broad range of programs created especially for children and teens who stutter – we want you to access the support that you need as well.
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SAY offers parent groups that meet for two hours, once per month. These groups are designed to provide parents of school-age children and teens with a broad range of education and support.
Each group meeting gives parents the opportunity to express their concerns, fears, accomplishments and goals. Groups also enable parents to network with other parents of children who stutter, to share strategies and stories, and to discuss pre-determined topics, led by a professional in the field. Past discussions have been led by luminaries such as Lee Caggiano, Dr. Heather Grossman, Dr. Scott Yaruss and accomplished adults who stutter on topics that include:
Every child deserves to live each day with acceptance, compassion and joy.
As a father who has raised two sons who stutter, you witness first hand the pain stuttering children endure daily. Both of our sons became involved in SAY, and the changes in their lives have been dramatic. SAY gives my boys, as well as all the other children who participate, confidence, self-empowerment, and the love of the SAY family.
I am the proud mother of two beautiful sons who have stuttered since a young age. I know first hand all the pain, frustration, and anxiety that they endure due to their stuttering. SAY has been a godsend for Joe and Brendan, and I am grateful our family discovered this organization that has made such a profound impact on my sons’ development.
I can honestly say my son Terrell did not break out of his shell until he became a part of the SAY family. SAY helps shape and mold our children for the future of tomorrow, because tomorrow, they inherit adulthood. SAY will surely live on forever; everyday they engrave their love, sincerity, and compassion onto the walls of these young souls.