If you are an adult who stutters and live in Burlington or in a surrounding community, you are not alone…
Stuttering Connections has been helping adults who stutter since 1987. The self-help support group was founded in Hamilton (Ontario) by Speech-Language Pathologist and stuttering therapist, Carla Di Domenicantonio, together with two of her clients who felt isolated and alone in dealing with the daunting effects stuttering had on their work, social and personal lives, and who wanted to discuss these challenges with others who also stuttered. The group soon attracted new members and over the years has assisted many adults to better understand stuttering and to develop more positive coping strategies. Stuttering Connections now meets at The Speech Path office in Burlington and is facilitated by a person who stutters. It costs nothing to join and the benefits of membership are countless.
Here’s what you can expect…
- A warm, friendly and relaxed environment with positive, motivated and supportive people who understand your challenges and celebrate your triumphs
- Respect for your privacy
- Opportunities to:
- learn more about stuttering and ways to overcome its challenges
- hear about common experiences and various points of view
- work towards your personal goals
- build your speaking confidence
- form new friendships
- Guest speaker presentations and social events
A personal invitation from Graham, group facilitator
Hi, my name is Graham and I stutter. Stuttering became more of a problem for me after graduating university and embarking into a professional career with speaking demands.
My initial approach was to minimize the problem and even hide it from myself and others. The anxiety became unbearable. I finally decided to get help and, after a course of speech therapy, thought that a group like Stuttering Connections could help me maintain and further the progress I had made.
I admit to being somewhat nervous at first; however, I was surprised to find great comfort in meeting others with similar daily challenges. Stuttering Connections has changed my beliefs and perceptions about stuttering, and even my outlook on life.
As facilitator for the group since 2006, I especially enjoy welcoming new members, helping to put them at ease at their first meeting experience. Of course, it’s always a pleasure to welcome regular and returning members as well.
If you are an adult who stutters residing in or close to Burlington (0ntario) and if you are interesting in enhancing your life as a person who stutters, I invite you to join us. Click here for our next meeting.
Here’s what others are saying about Stuttering Connections…
As a lifelong stutterer who was always afraid to speak, Stuttering Connections has given me the courage to let go of shame and accept myself for who I truly am. We come from different backgrounds and experiences and it’s wonderful to be able to share thoughts and experiences face to face and to learn from each other. Most importantly, I appreciate the positive encouragement and support that I receive from everyone in the group! ~Jane
Coming out to these meetings has been a real confidence builder and life changing for me. Many of us who stutter get locked into our own carefully crafted comfort zones and let our fears rob us of countless opportunities. We may settle for lower paying jobs and pass up on promotions at work. Stuttering Connections has allowed me to learn from others who have courageously overcome stuttering and live more vibrant lives as a result. It helps to know that you are not alone, to be encouraged by people who understand what it is like for you, and to likewise encourage others by sharing your successes too. ~ Tom
Participation in a self-help group is an important step in working towards improving your speech and building up your self confidence and self esteem. I have been involved with self-help groups for almost 30 years and have found them an essential part of dealing with my speech. This has resulted in major improvements in my speech and in my personal and professional life. I have gone from being terrified of speaking in front of large groups to joining Toastmasters and doing presentations and training seminars in and outside of Canada. I strongly recommend that everyone get involved with a self-help group. ~ Don
Be part of the conversation…
Stuttering Connections meets monthly at The Speech Path. Click here for the next meeting date, time and location.
The Speech Path
1960 Appleby Line, Suite 11
Burlington, Ontario L7L 0B7
Located on the southwest corner of Appleby Line and Upper Middle. The entrance is at street level facing Appleby Line and is next to the Coffee Culture patio. Click here for location & directions.