BJU communication disorders faculty Dr. Hannah Benge cares deeply for those who struggle to communicate. As a result, she is a member of the Greenville chapter of the National Stuttering Association, We Stutter Upstate.
On May 18, Benge and other members of We Stutter Upstate will hold the first one-day southeast regional stuttering conference for those who stutter and their families on the BJU campus.
The conference will be split into three tracks: kids/teens, adults/families and speech-language pathologists. The kids and teens track will focus on helping young people learn to self-advocate and to deal with bullying. The adults and families track will address using stuttering as an opportunity to grow personally. The speech-language pathologist track will cover recent research in adolescent stuttering and covert stuttering. Both the adults/families track and the SLP track will end with a special showing of “When I Stutter,” a film written by someone who stutters.
Benge says this conference is an opportunity for BJU “to really showcase what (it) is so well at (which) is reaching out and helping others” as well as to highlight the University’s communication disorders program.