Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, July 6, 1998

Local girl attends stuttering convention

Heidi Stutelberg, Lester Prairie, attended the 15th annual National Stuttering Project (NSP) convention in Atlanta, Ga. June 25-28. Over 550 members attended, including speech pathologists, spouses, and parents of children who stutter.

A variety of workshops were held offering hope, encouragement, methods of controlling stuttering, and fellowship. The workshops for youth and parents were held exclusive from the workshops for adults. Media coverage was provided by CNN and Fox.

Next year's convention will be held in Seattle, Wa.

A workshop for youth who stutter is also being held by a new organization called "Friends" in Minneapolis July 31 and Aug. 1. NSP members have started the "Friends" group exclusively for youth.

NSP chapters in Minneapolis and Mankato also host workshops featuring speakers with helpful information for controlling stuttering.

Stutelberg has made many new friends from all over the country and would like to start a new NSP chapter in the Lester Prairie area. NSP members receive monthly newsletters of "Letting Go," which includes articles written by youth and adults who stutter and speech pathologists.

Those interested in joining the National Stuttering Project may call 1-800-364-1677, or write to 5100 E. La Palma Ave., Suite 208, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807.

If you are also interested in forming a local support group, call Heidi Stutelberg at 320-395-4249.

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