ISAYiT! Summer Drama Camps 2013

ISAYiT summer drama camps 2013


Summer Drama Camps for young people who Stammer

Irish Stammering Association is delighted to bring you news of summer drama camps for young people who stammer.

Irish Stammering Association Youth Theatre (ISAYiT) will be holding week-long camps in

Dublin, July 8-12

Cork, July 15-19

Galway, July 22-26

Led by teachers from the Gaiety School of Acting, ISAYiT! provides a place for young people who stammer from age 8

 to 16 to try acting and stagecraft.  There will be plenty of fun and games during the week and new friends to be made.

ISAYiT! drama camps offer children who stammer an opportunity to express themselves creatively among a group of their peers in an environment where they will not be judged by how they speak.

Feedback from children and parents from previous groups has been very positive.  From ISAYiT! participants…

  • “I can be myself”
  • “I was able to talk in front of an audience”
  • “Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect”
  • “I had a great time and met lots of new friends”

Parents said, my child learned…

  • “that she can do things and not to assume she can’t”
  • “to take risks and relax”
  • “that he’s not the only one and he’s more confident in himself”

Cost: €100 per child to attend for a week.  This is subsidized by HSE / National Lottery grant.

for more details 085 185 7721   |

Online survey about drug treatments for stammering

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde are seeking people who stammer to complete an online survey about drug treatments for stammering.

Chief Investigator Dr Allan McGroarty says, “Despite considerable efforts made researching drug treatments for stammering, little is known about how the wider stammering community perceives these treatments. This study will examine the beliefs of people who stammer towards drug treatments for stammering, and will assess how likely stammerers would be to initiate a drug treatment for their stammering, and what factors might influence that decision.”

As a person who stammers, your opinions on this topic are important to us.

The online survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and all responses will be anonymous. To participate, you must be a person who stammers aged 18 to 65 years.

You can access the survey by clicking on this link

For further information, please contact Dr Allan McGroarty:

Diary of a Stutterer for Blog Awards

Diary of a Stutterer, a blog written by ISA member Simon Walsh about life with a stutter has been entered in the The Blog Awards Ireland 2013.

Anyone who has read the honest portrayal that Simon shares with us will us all on a weekly basis will know that the Blog is just starting out.

Your support and nomination in the Health and Wellbeing, and Newcomer categories would be a huge help for him and the blog.

Click here to read Simon’s blog.

ISAYiT! drama news

ISAYiT! is running a Dublin drama day for young people who stutter. The one off workshop will take place on Sunday 26th May from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The group will give young people a taster of what’s involved in ISAYiT! drama groups. Parents and young people who have attended ISAYiT! report learning new skills, increasing confidence, as well as having fun! It’s open to children who stammer aged 7 years and upwards.

The group will be facilitated by Clare Maguire of the Gaiety School of Acting. ISA is subsidising the workshop and it will cost €20 for the day.

Over the summer we’ll be running week-long drama camps in Dublin, Galway and Cork.

If you’d like more info, please contact us on 085 185 7721

Running order – Caint gan eagla – ISA Conference Day – 2013

ISA is pleased to announce a running order for Conference Day 2013. Our day ‘caint gan eagla’ meaning ‘talk without fear’. is a reminder that no one needs to fear speaking – including those who stammer.

Venue: Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Dublin (see map)
Date: Saturday 27th April 2013
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE to ISA members
(€20 to join ISA for the year)

The day is for everyone connected by stammering including adults who stammer, young people who stammer, and parents of those who stammer. Here’s the lineup…

09:30 Registration

10:00 ISA Chairperson’s address: Veronica Lynch
10:30 A family perspective on stammering: Maria Crotty
10:45 The changing stammering iceberg: Bevin Murphy
10:50 Icebreaker (Icemelter?!) session: How has your stammering changed?
11:10 World Congress for people who stutter – beyond Ireland: Michael O’Shea

11:30 Tea and Coffee

11:50 Reflections on ISA’s MBTI workshop: Aidan Duffy and Mark Noonan
12:10 Michael Palin Centre – Therapy for children who stammer:
Aisling Keogh, Speech and Language Therapist
12:25 Women’s phone group: Sarah McCormack
12:40 Diary of a stutterer: Simon Walsh

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Breakout sessions
• Support groups for adults (facilitated by ISA group leaders)
• ISAYiT! drama introduction for young people who stutter facilitated by Gaiety School of Acting (John Delaney)
• Parents’ Support Network (Callum Wells and Aisling Keogh, SLTs)

15:15 Closing session
15:30 ISA Annual General Meeting
16:00 Close

Here’s a downloadable running order…
Irish Stammering Association – Conference Day 2013 running order

Hope to see you there!

Caint gan eagla – ISA Conference Day – Talk without fear – 2013

ISA is pleased to announce details of Conference Day 2013 for everyone connected by stammering including adults who stammer, young people who stammer, and parents of those who stammer.

Our day ‘caint gan eagla’ meaning ‘talk without fear’. is a reminder that no one needs to fear speaking – including those who stammer.

You’ll have the opportunity to listen to some great speakers and to meet other people who stammer. There will be facilitated sessions for adults who stammer, young people, and a group for parents too.

Some of the talks include:

• Looking at how your stammering has changed
• Hear about how a family member feels about stammering
• Find out what people gained from our new ISA workshop
• Sharing experiences of the women’s telephone support group

ISA AGM will take place in the afternoon too.

We’ll have a full timetable to share with you before the event. In the meantime, make a note…

Venue: Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Inchicore Road, Dublin 8 (see map)

Date: Saturday 27th April 2013

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: FREE to ISA members (€20 to join ISA for the year)

Looking forward to seeing you there!

For more details drop us a line:

Research: A life story approach to understanding the experiences of adults who stammer

It is generally accepted that stammering is a complex and interesting phenomenon with different aspects and many unknowns. There is a growing recognition of the need to gain a deeper understanding of stammering from the perspective of the person who stammers. This research is being conducted by Catriona Lanigan as part of a Doctoral Degree in Counselling Psychology. The aim of the study is to increase understanding of the experiences of adults who stammer. The study aims to inform Counselling Psychology practice and research and to contribute to the development of therapeutic interventions.

If you’re an adult who stammers and would like to take part in the survey, please click here

New initiative for adults who stammer

The Irish Stammering Association recognise that people who stammer often want to make changes in their speech and possibly in their lives but can find it hard to know where and how to start making those changes. As someone who has attended an ISA support group you may be looking for an opportunity to explore how you can take responsibility for change in your life and begin to address issues to do with your stammering then this might interest you.

ISA is offering its members a chance to take part in a one day workshop that is designed to help start that change process. An experienced people development consultant will facilitate the workshop where participants, in a fun and inclusive environment, can begin to understand their preferred style of interacting as well as gaining a better understanding of their unique strengths. During the workshop participants will have an opportunity to build on these insights and work on their strengths so they can identify how to begin taking responsibility for making the changes they want.

The workshop is open to adult members who stammer who feel they may benefit from taking some time out to think about and plan how to make change in their lives, if you are not currently a member of the ISA joining is simple and costs of €20; see our website for more information on how to join

The workshop will take place on Fri 22nd March in the Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham, Dublin 8 from 10am – 5pm followed by dinner. There is overnight accommodation available in the hotel if people wish to avail of it; this must be booked at the time of booking the workshop. The cost of the workshop itself is covered by funding from Dublin Bus and refreshments, lunch & dinner costs are sponsored by Irish Stammering Association. Overnight accommodation is paid by participants and ISA are working with Hilton Hotel to get a good deal on this. Participants will have to fill in a questionnaire in advance of the workshop and for confidentiality reasons will be returned directly to the facilitator.

If you want more information please contact us by mail at or by phone at 01 8724405 or if you wish to register your interest in the workshop please send an email telling us a bit about yourself and why you want to take part in the workshop.

ISA Walk and Talk

Irish Stammering Association announces a Walk and Talk event

Location: Upperchurch, Tipperary
Date and time: 11am on Sunday the 3rd of March 2013
Meeting point: Upperchurch Community Centre Car Park
Length of walk: A leisurely 2-2½ hours

Who is it for?
This will be a social gathering and will provide an opportunity for those who stammer, their family and friends, or those with an interest in stammering to Walk and Talk as they make their way up and around the rolling hills of Upperchurch. Upperchurch has established a well-deserved reputation as a vibrant hub for outdoor recreation and has featured on RTE’s John Murray Show. The Walk and Talk will be led by an experienced local guide. As the group will walk for between 2-2½ hours, it is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

How do I take part?
Please express your interest in this event before the 22nd of February by clicking on the following link:

How do I get there?

Start from the town of Thurles just off the national route N8 from Dublin to Cork. Take the R498 (signposted Nenagh) for 2.5km to reach a junction with the R503 (signposted Limerick). Follow the R503 for 13km to reach a crossroads with a stone nameplate Upperchurch. Turn right here and travel 500m – the Community Centre is at the T-junction as you enter the village. Alternatively, see

What should I bring?
Please ensure to bring: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluid.

There will be an opportunity to purchase lunch after the walk.

Please contact for further details.