Each of the participants of FMPC, including Summer 2015 and Summer 2016, have remarked on how their view of stuttering has changed after attending FMPC and how communication has become less feared because of this experience. The transformations from day 1 to day 14 have been remarkable in many regards. The fear of speaking is reduced dramatically, and the participants have many opportunities to experience communication to build upon their successes.
One participant called and rescheduled his dentist appointment, which he had never done before. In the past he would always get a friend to call for him for fear of stuttering. He also stated that he is now able to talk on the phone at work with more ease and less anxiety. He is speaking openly about his stuttering at work, which is also a first. On the day we transferred usage of techniques within the community, another Summer 2015 participant returned to the group holding 3 job applications which she asked for herself. She stated that she went into several stores, unprompted, to ask for things that she did not even need or want just because she was finally able to do so.Another participant arrived to the program on a few occasions, excited to tell us that he had been to a restaurant and ordered his own food - an experience that was new to him.Yet another participant asked for his sandwich without tomatoes, which he had never done in the past because of his stuttering.
One participant who was unable to speak during his high school senior project (just a few weeks prior to the start of the program) presented to the group or participants and clinicians for nearly 20 minutes. By the end of the program, he had faced many additional fears such as initiating conversation with others, using the phone, and ordering food at restaurants.
During the final week of the program, the father of one of the participants spoke to the director and explained that conversation with his daughter had been different. He said that she was able to verbally express her thoughts without changing words and communication for her was simply easier. He finished the conversation by saying that, looking ahead to ECU next summer, he would like her to attend the program again.