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Teens Who Stutter

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If you (or someone you know)
are interested in more information
about these opportunities for
young people who stutter, please
contact Linda R. Hinderscheit at 
hinde001@umn.edu.

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Stuttering is a debilitating challenge for people in all walks of life, but it can be especially daunting for teenagers due to the intense social pressures these young people face. Young people who stutter often feel isolated and alone when they deal with their disorder on a daily basis, but meeting peers who face the same challenge can be an extraordinarily powerful experience for these young people.

 

The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences offers Teens Who Stutter (TWST), a group for teenagers who stutter. Linda Hinderscheit, a speech‐language pathologist with over 30 years of clinical experience, oversees these programs. We have three facilitators, who are all young adults who stutter: Joel Korte, a graduate of our Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology; Josh Anderson, a speech-language pathologist in the St. Paul Public Schools, and Taylor Owens, a female business professional who is very active in the local chapter of the National Stuttering Association. They are incredible role models for our kids.

 

Transportation is not provided; however, the program is no-cost to the participants, thanks to a generous donor.

 

The support group for teenagers is offered throughout the year at approximately once-per-month to six-week intervals. Meeting dates may vary due to the availability of the group leaders. The group typically meets at Shevlin Hall on the U of M campus in Minneapolis. Meetings are held early on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 to 2:15 and focus on topics that the teens want to discuss. Food and beverages are provided.

 

Parents should contact Linda Hinderscheit (see below) to be put on an email contact list. Then they will receive announcements regarding upcoming meetings.  Email is also used to contact parents in the event a meeting needs to be canceled at the last minute due to dangerous driving conditions or illness. It is very important to have a parent’s email address.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Linda Hinderscheit at hinde001@umn.edu.

"As a stutterer, it is so easy to feel isolated and like you are the only one out there who has to deal with this. Meeting other people who stutter, both like you and not like you, is a great morale-booster. It's just a good, supportive environment overall, populated by good people." —Teen Participant