Today was the beginning of a new era in Dehradun. First TISA SHG Meet was organized at the Himalayan Desk, Vasant Vihar, Dehradun on 26th April, 2015. Sachin and Cyril kindly participated in the meeting. It was great to have them around. Dehradun SHG members who were present- Tushar, Dayal, Nakul, Itender and Mohit.
Since we had two new members, we started with the introductions. Sachin encouraged the two new participants to do "stammering Interviews" -a desensitization activity, which is very popular in TISA. After the introductions, we gave several mini speeches/ presentations regarding our hobbies, interests, work etc. - with feedback from sachin and others.
The most important aspect of the meeting was opening up about the problems we faced due to stammering and some moments of embarrassments in our life. And to laugh about it! This was important because we must accept the fact that we stammer. We need to accept the positive and negative aspects of our stammer so that we are comfortable with it at every step of our life. Only then, can we devote ourselves to learn the greater/ deeper art of communication, which is so central to everything in life.
Then Mohit gave a presentation on Stammering and other PWS gave their presentations. We learnt about the importance of communication rather than fluency and we learnt other techniques like bouncing, prolongation, pausing and breathing.
We were served with hot tea and snacks at the venue.The hospitality of the Himalaya Desk staff was just amazing. We thank them for their efforts for arranging our memorable SHG meet at their place.
We will be updating about our next meetings and new add on PWS right here. So stay tuned and Haklao Magar Pyar Se...