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Stutterers Come Together to Share Experiences (March, 2008)

Stuttering workshopA day of fun and information was held recently in Frisco Independent School District for students who stutter and their families. It was an excellent opportunity for students who stutter to make friends with others who understand their daily challenges.

On March 8th, 2008 the event came to fruition with the help offunds from the Frisco Education Foundation’s Grants for Great Ideas program, generous donations from area merchants and the staff of Frisco ISD speech language pathologists. Guest speakers included Tricia Kraus-Lehrman, M.S., David King, an adult who stutters, and Ben Abercrombie, a Liberty High School student who has lived with the challenge of stuttering.

The event, which was held at Staley Middle School, included a continental breakfast and an “ice breaker activity” designed to help attendees get to know each other. Each group (teens, parents and children) then moved to several break out groups specifically designed for them. Following the break-out activities, the participants ate lunch together, making friends and enjoying the support of others. The early afternoon brought a “closing” activity where the students and parents shared their reflections of the event.

Special thanks go to the Frisco Education Foundation for the primary funding of this event, as well as to our local contributors: Papa John’s Pizza (7410 Preston Road), Pepsico Enable, Starbucks (Teel and Main), Krispy Kreme(Preston Road)and Mug & Mouse (Preston Road).

This is the first event of its kind for Frisco ISD. Plans are being made to make this an annual event, according to Nina Reardon-Reeves, Frisco ISD Fluency Specialist.