Stutter Social is an organization that connects people who stutter (PWS) through Google+ Hangouts. Every time a Stutter Social Hangout begins, the button on the Find a Hangout page turns green and clicking it will bring you directly to the Hangout. We also post the Hangout link on our Facebook page and Google+ page.
For those who don't know what a Hangout is, it's a group video conference call where you can see and talk to up to 10 people at a time. You'll need a Google+ account in order to participate in a Hangout and you can get one at http://plus.google.com.
Participating in a Hangout is a fun, free, and safe way to connect with other PWS. Discussion often revolves around stuttering-related issues, but sometimes we just chat about our day or a good movie. We are a very welcoming and friendly bunch so don't be shy and come join us whenever is convenient for you. We have a Hangout Calendar that lists all the different Hangouts occurring each week.
Our Hangouts are run by official Stutter Social hosts. They are all people who stutter and they will do their best to make each Hangout worthwhile and enjoyable. You can read more about them below.
If you would like to host your own hangout, please email stuttersocial (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you.
Meet your hosts
David Resnick is an inventor, entrepreneur, musician, and biofield researcher in Los Angeles who uses creativity and technology to facilitate fun and flow.
Mitchell Trichon is a clinician and researcher in the area of Speech-Language Pathology. His research focuses on self-help activities for people who stutter. His published work has been presented at national and international conferences. As a Board Member of the National Stuttering Association he co-led the national network of adult support groups. Mitch is on the faculty at La Salle University and is a person who stutters.
Samuel Dunsiger is a freelance journalist and public relations specialist from Toronto, Canada. He enjoys fuelling his social media, coffee and sushi addictions (but not all at once).
Annie Bradberry is a grant writer and Development Director from California. She has been a member of the National Stuttering Association for 35 years and was previously the Executive Director for 10 of those years (1993-2003). Besides her love for the stuttering community if you can’t find her…look in Chatham, Massachusetts or the closest shoe store.
Hanan Hurwitz is an electronics engineer working in product marketing and account management at a company in Israel that designs and manufactures electronic servo controls. He has stuttered most of his life, and now, after being helped by the stuttering community, is working to give back to the community and support other People Who Stutter.
Derek Johnson is a professor of biology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He has been a member of the National Stuttering Association for eight years and has served as a local chapter leader and on the NSA Research Committee.
Chad Mannisi is the executive technical support for a major American communications company. He interacts daily with executives and the CEO, and has the delicate task of telling them why their computer or cell phone isn’t working and why it was their fault. Chad has been involved with the National Stuttering Association for over 10 years, and was the leader for the St. Louis chapter for 4 of those years.
Heather Najman is a rehabilitation counselor and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, who has been involved with the stuttering community for 30 years. She helps people become better stress managers in their lives, connect with their courageous selves, and she doesn't stutter when she kazoos.
Elaine Robin is an SLP living in Seattle. She is also a person who stutters and has been active in the National Stuttering Association for over 14 years. Elaine loves international travel and has attended and presented at stuttering support conferences all over the world. Facing her fears every day and loving what this world has to offer, at any given time Elaine is either planning or experiencing her next international adventure.
David Resnick, Chief Evangelist & Co-Founder
Daniele Rossi, Chief Digital Strategist & Co-Founder
Mitchell Trichon, PhD, Self-Help Specialist & Co-Founder
Samuel Dunsiger, Communications Director
How Stutter Social Started
The seeds for Stutter Social were planted after the 2011 National Stuttering Association conference. David was a guest on Daniele's podcast, "Stuttering is Cool." They couldn't help but reminisce about the camaraderie felt amongst conference-goers and how they wanted to keep it going.
Their buddy, Mitch, had been researching the role of such self-help activities in stuttering management and believed that talking to other people who stutter (PWS) should be made easier through the internet. This led him to explore the next frontier in self-help – webcam chat.
Mitch began hosting video-based support meetings on Skype, with Daniele and David as participants. David then suggested using Google+ hangouts instead, because it was built to be more open and social. Daniele hosted the first few hangouts and spread word about them through social media. Finally, David had the idea to create an organization to coordinate the hangouts and provide regular meetings. Stutter Social was born.
Sam, an early participant and expert in communications, joined Stutter Social shortly thereafter. Along with the help of a dedicated team of hosts, within just a few months Stutter Social grew from something that just helped friends stay in touch into an international virtual support group.
In addition to our goals of reaching people who stutter, we're also doing our part in raising public awareness about stuttering. At the 2011 NSA Conference, the keynote speaker David Seidler (writer of The King's Speech) said that "the story of stuttering is the story of bravery". Mr. Seidler further said that it's up to each one of us to tell the story of stuttering. We hope to embody this directive in future endeavors with Stutter Social.
Recent research has shown that self-help activities for people who stutter are beneficial in the overall management of stuttering (Tetnowski & McClure, 2009; Trichon & Tetnowski, 2011; Trichon, Tetnowski, & Rentschler, 2007).
Tetnowski, J. A., & McClure, J. A. (2009). Executive summary of 2009 survey. Seminar presented at the annual conference of the National Stuttering Association, Phoenix, AZ.
Trichon, M., & Tetnowski, J. (2011). Self-help conferences for people who stutter: A qualitative investigation. Journal of Fluency Disorders. doi:10.1016/j.jfludis.2011.06.001
Trichon, M., Tetnowski, J., & Rentschler, G. (2007). Perspective of participants of self-help groups for people who stutter. In J. Au-Yeung, & M. M. Leahy (Eds.), Research, treatment, and self-help in fluency disorders: New horizons. Proceedings of the fifth world congress on fluency disorders 25–28 July, 2006, Dublin, Ireland, (pp. 171–176). The International Fluency Association.