"The Institute on Development and Disability is excited to help support the inaugural session of Camp More. We are confident that under the extremely capable leadership of Kristin Mangan, speech-language pathologist, Camp More will have positive benefits for many youth with stuttering disorders, this summer and in the years to come."
- Brian Rogers, MD, IDD Director and Candace Ganz, EdD, IDD Associate Director
Camp More is a place for teens who stutter to improve communication skills and build self-confidence. Its mission is to empower young people who stutter while at camp and beyond, to do more: find their voice and use it more, build more confidence and self-acceptance in themselves, and to establish more connections and friendships with peers.
By immersing kids in a safe and fun, recreational overnight camp experience amongst peers who also stutter, they will be challenged socially and begin to break down barriers in communication. Staff and peers will encourage campers to say what they want to say without concerns about judgment or time pressure, an experience which may be a welcome change for some campers. The sleep away nature and structured, daily schedule of events, will help create an environment that will encourage connections, openness, comradery, and most importantly, communication. There will be daily group therapy sessions to facilitate discussions on experiences and thoughts on stuttering, and to target increasing self-acceptance and confidence within themselves. This camp will not, however, focus on speech therapy tools or techniques. Such therapy is something that most kids and teens have had, or do have, exposure to throughout a variety of speech therapy services at their school or in the community. The purpose of Camp More is not to attempt to recreate such services or to teach new stuttering modification and fluency shaping techniques. Instead, the focus is on building more communication, confidence, self-acceptance, and friendship within a naturally therapeutic, safe, and supportive environment. Each camper, with the guidance and mentoring of a trained staff member, will create and target personalized goals for camp, where they will do 'more' of something. These are completely individualized to the camper and what they feel is the most important for them. One might choose their goal for camp to be 'More... talking, friendships, fun, laughter, stuttering, confidence, acceptance, etc.' Our hope is that campers will take home with them skills learned and a desire to continue working on their goals, along with the positive memories and friendships made at camp.
Director: Kristin Mangan
Kristin Mangan, M.A., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor and Speech-Language Pathologist at the Institute on Development and Disability at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. She has specialized in stuttering, as well as feeding and swallowing, for the past 15 years. She is an active member in the FRIENDS, the National Association for Young People Who Stutter, as well as in the National Stuttering Association (NSA). She has presented both regionally and nationally on the subject of stuttering to children, parents, educators, and other professionals.
On a local level Kristin sees children, teens, and young adults who stutter for evaluations and treatment at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC). Given her strong beliefs that counseling, community, self-acceptance as a person who stutters, and building confidence is an imperative part of one's stuttering journey, she also runs a support group for teens who stutter, called TOPS: Teens Out Promoting Stuttering. Monthly she plans and facilitates TOPS group outings, activities, and volunteer opportunities around the Portland Metro Area. This has been a source of tremendous joy for Kristin and has resulted in tremendous growth and excitement for the teens that participate regularly.
Given the success of TOPS, Kristin has now decided to further expand her mission for community, connectedness, confidence, and acceptance by starting a recreational overnight camp for kids and teens who stutter. She is extremely excited to bring Camp More to our community and is very grateful to IDD's support of this endeavor. When not at work, Kristin greatly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, mainly her 5-year old superhero-loving 5-year old, Sive. She also loves reading, cooking, gardening, running, eating, and shopping.
Co-Director: Sarah Davies
Sarah will be graduating in the spring of 2016 from Portland State University with a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP). This fall she will be working in the public schools to complete her clinical fellowship. Although Sarah is a new SLP, her interest, knowledge, experience, and passion for stuttering, is the reason she became involved with creating Camp More. She wishes for every client, student and camper she works with, to be the best versions of themselves by helping them gain the confidence they need for that to happen. Sarah brings to Camp More 6 years of camp experience from where she was Assistant Director for ASD Oregon/Camp Odakoda, a local overnight summer camp for kids with Autism, and she is the new co-leader of the Portland chapter for the National Stuttering Association (NSA).
She is also blessed to be a mommy of three busy and sweet (not-so-little) boys, Bryton, Maddox, and Jonas, who keep her challenged and inspired on a daily basis. When Sarah has spare-time, she enjoys spending quality time with her boys which includes playing board games, day-trips to the beach, hiking, cooking meals together, and beating them at a game of horse. She also likes to read, craft, and laugh with her friends and family.
Assistant Director: Ian MacKay
Ian MacKay is a person who stutters who grew up backpacking and exploring in the Pacific Northwest and is proud to call Oregon home. Ian received a Bachelors of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation from Oregon State University and spent 5 years working as a biological technician on wildlife conservation projects in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. He then became a Wilderness First Responder and worked as a guide for Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs, logging over 200 days leading youth in the backcountry.
Currently, in addition to a Mental Health Technician at a Psychiatric Outpatient facility in Portland, Ian is an educator with The Center at Heron Hill, working in an ecotherapy program with groups of students attending Chemawa Indian School in Salem. He is also a head counselor at Camp SAY in North Carolina, a summer camp dedicated to supporting young people who stutter.
Ian has a certificate in permaculture design and has worked many hours as a landscaper in his spare time. When not working, you may find Ian eating Thai noodles (his favorite!), playing with his cat, riding his bike, or digging in the dirt.
Assistant Director: Glenn Weybright
Glenn Weybright is a person who stutters and a Portland speech language pathologist. He holds a Masters degree in speech-language pathology from Portland State University, the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency under certification standards established by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. He also teaches university graduate students who take the Stuttering class at Portland State University. Glenn is a founding member of the Portland chapter of the National Stuttering Association.
Glenn was born in Astoria Oregon and grew up in Warrenton Oregon and St. Helens Oregon, both Columbia River towns. His father was a commercial fisherman when they lived on the coast. Glenn’s love of water and fishing and boats comes from there. Glenn and his wife Debbie have four grown children and six grandchildren. They live in Beaverton Oregon.
Glenn began stuttering at age 11. At age 20 he received speech therapy at Portland State University and learned tools to help him manage his stuttering.
Glenn met his wife while both were taking a biology lab at Portland State University. He was impressed with her positive attitude and scalpel skill as she dissected a fetal pig.
Glenn has spent time at Meadowood Springs, a speech therapy summer camp in the Blue Mountains in Eastern Oregon. Everyone there had camp names. His camp name was Possum.
Glenn likes running. He has run 15 times in the famous Hood to Coast and Portland to Coast relay races. He has also run four marathons in Portland. On the day he turned 50, Glenn walked and ran 50 miles around Portland with friends and family keeping him company.
Glenn also likes hiking, fishing, clam digging and crabbing, and kayaking and canoeing. For years, he was a member of a competitive Portland dragon boat paddling club called Hampton Woods. Glenn also enjoys biking, camping, reading, and writing. His favorite foods are yakisoba noodles and chocolate.
Glenn has worked as a kayak guide in Sitka, Alaska and Ridgefield, Washington. He is also a card-carrying Angler Instructor for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and is probably the only person in Portland who collects beaver sticks (he has over 50). In his spare time, you might find him practicing fly casting out in the street in front of his house.
Graduate Student Liaison: Natalie Vanderpol
Natalie Vanderpol is a speech-language pathologist for Klamath Falls City Schools in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Portland State University in 2013 and her Master's in Speech-Language Pathology from Pacific University in 2015.
Natalie's passion in the world of speech-language pathology is working with kids and teenagers who stutter. Natalie received speech therapy through the public school system throughout her life. She spent her teenage and young adult years searching for a reason why she was never "cured" of stuttering and returned to speech therapy many times. It wasn't until she attended the PSU Speech and Hearing Clinic and started to learn about stuttering that she began to accept and even appreciate her speech. She now believes there is nothing better for kids and teens who stutter than the chance to share life experiences and discuss stuttering openly with one another. Outside of work and stuttering, you can find Natalie baking, drinking copious amounts of coffee, or spending hours in a bookstore.
This year Camp More will be held at Camp Magruder at Rockaway Beach, Oregon. This expansive camp offers the best of the Pacific Ocean and the beauty of Smith Lake. Campers will stay in cabins with full bathroom facilities and adult staff members present for supervision. Buffet style meals will be provided and enjoyed in a bright and open dining hall. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, however accommodations must be made in advance using the "Dietary Request Form" under the FORMS tab.
Each camper will need to bring their own sleeping bag (bedding), towels, and toiletries. Camp Magruder can provide a bed pack (pillow, sheets, and a blanket) and towel to those who may need them at a rate of $7 per set.
Recreational activities at this year's camp will include boating, fishing, swimming, archery, challenge courses, hiking, arts and crafts, drama, yoga, sports, special guests, and evening programming, as well as nightly campfires.
Prior to coming to camp, campers will be given a list off our "Morning Majors" complete with details and activity descriptions, and will be asked to rank their first and second choices. Staff will do the best they can to accommodate each camper's first choice. Each morning campers will attend the same Morning Major. This year, Morning Major options include: Arts and Crafts, Sports, Nature, and Drama. Some Morning Major options will be available for all campers in the afternoon, but the activities will differ.
In the afternoon, campers have the opportunity to move throughout a variety of structured activities during their "free choice" time. These options will vary each day, but will include several of the following: kayaking, archery, swimming, group sports, arts and crafts, photography or film-making, beach time (campers may not go beyond ankle-deep in the ocean), and use of the giant swing.
Before dinner, after a full day of jam-packed fun and thoughtfulness, some cabin downtime will certainly be needed. This is when campers may read a book they packed, do some journaling, take a nap, play board games with other campers and staff, socialize, and just take a break before a busy evening. A structured activity will always be offered in the cabins at this time for those who don't want the downtime.
Each evening there will be a planned "evening special" including a collaborative art project, yoga, and a mindfulness workshop. There will also be a nightly campfire along with a movie, game night, or dance party.
8:45-9:30am: Getting ready for the day
9:30-11:30am: Morning Major (arts and crafts, nature, drama, sports)
11:30am-12:00pm: Clean up and head to lunch
12:45-2:00pm: Groups (group discussion/experience and acceptance-based therapy)
2:00-4:00pm: Snack followed by free choice (options change daily)
4:00-5:30pm: Supervised downtime in individual cabins
6:15-6:30pm: Clean up/get ready for evening programming
6:30-8:00pm: Evening specials (nightly evening workshops featuring art, yoga, and mindfulness training)
8:00-10:00pm: Campfire and Evening Activities
10:30pm: Lights out