Kids Who Stutter

Stuttering camp participant, graduate student and Goldy

The Sioris Family University of Minnesota Kids Who Stutter (SFUMKWS) summer camp has been in existence since 2009. One of the main goals of camp is to allow children who stutter to meet one another. Many of our campers have never before met anyone else who stutters, which can be a very isolating experience. Because stuttering is a multi-factorial impairment, which affects much more than speech fluency, the focus of UMKWS camp is on the social, emotional, and attitudinal aspects of stuttering. Our goal is for kids to accept themselves as people who stutter who can also be very good communicators.

Camp Dates and Activities

Camp is typically held in mid-June, immediately after Metro Area school districts have completed their academic year. In the mornings, we offer a half-day program for children who are entering 3rd to 5th grades. In the afternoons of the same week, we offer a half-day program for children who are entering 6th to 8th grades. The size of the groups is limited to 10 children each. Transportation to and from camp is not provided.

Camp is held at the University of Minnesota campus. Our base of operations is Shevlin Hall; however, we make very good use of the many resources available on campus.

In past years, camp activities included:

  • Bowling at Coffman Union
  • Tours of the athletic facilities
  • Tours of Rarig Center (University Theater), the Weisman Art Museum, and Northrop Auditorium
  • Visits to the Bell Museum of Natural History
  • Tours of the dairy barns and Raptor Center (St. Paul campus)
  • Getting food at McDonald's in Dinkytown

These facilities are within walking distance of Shevlin Hall or accessible by the intercampus bus.

Throughout the week, the kids also participate in small group sessions with a graduate student clinician and large group discussions.

The small group sessions may include:

  • Getting basic facts about stuttering and bullying and sharing them with others
  • Understanding one’s own stuttering and becoming desensitized to it
  • Practicing voluntary stuttering as a means to gain more control over speech
  • Exploring how our own thoughts and attitudes affect our emotions, how our body feels and reacts, and what we do about speech
  • Developing a support network
  • Developing skits to demonstrate what we would like others to know about stuttering

Large group discussions may include a variety of social and emotional issues related to being a person who stutters, including negative/positive self-talk, developing coping strategies, educating others about stuttering, and dealing with teasing. This group is led by adults who stutter and have completed graduate degrees in speech-language pathology.

At the end of the week, we invite family and friends to a reception and show where the kids perform their skits about stuttering.

A generous donor has covered most of the costs of camp. There is a small materials fee to participate, but scholarships are available based on need.

Spotlight on Camp Staff: Joel Korte

Joel Korte holding an electric guitar standing near a desk with a computer on it
Joel Korte in his studio

As part of Boyd Huppert's Land of 10,000 Stories, KARE11 focused on UMN master's of speech-language pathology program graduate Joel Korte, who plays a big part in our camp. The story was then picked up by USA Today and featured on their website. Watch the video about Joel for a quick glimpse into his life and the great things he does for our camp.

To see a quick glimpse of some of our campers talking about stuttering and how it has affected them, watch this short teaser from KARE11. 

Registration and Additional Information

Contact us for more information

If you (or someone you know) are interested in more information about these opportunities for young people who stutter, contact Linda R. Hinderscheit at

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