There are common myths out there about stuttering that state if you talk about stuttering, or even mention the word stutter, it will make it worse. It is quite the opposite actually. When the topic of stuttering is avoided, children will learn to believe that stuttering is something to be ashamed of, and that they’re doing something wrong when they stutter. Unfortunately, when this happens children will attempt to avoid it, and the harder they try not to stutter, the more they will. Some of the best things for a child who stutters to feel is: that they are accepted for who they are-stuttering and all, that what they have to say is important, that there are other kids out there who are just like them, and that stuttering is okay. Welcome to KOPS.
KOPS is a monthly social and support group for kids between the ages of 8-12 who stutter. Once a month, an event invitation will be emailed out to parents who have asked for their child to be signed up on the contact list. During the school year, events will be held on weekends, and during the summer, they may be held on weekends or weekdays. Events will last between 2 and 5 hours, depending on the activities planned, and parents must find transportation for their kids to and from events. There is no cost to join the group, but the cost of each month’s individual activity must be paid for by the family ($0-$25).
There will be a variety of events planned, with an assortment of activities, but the common goal will be to always have fun, laugh a lot, feel comfortable, make friends, build confidence, and to talk openly about stuttering. Our group will not focus on teaching speech therapy tools or fluency strategies. Whether we are eating pizza and jumping on a giant trampoline, watching a movie together, bowling, playing a game, creating an art project, picnicking at a park, making a crazy science experiment, or anything else-we welcome you and your child who stutters.