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: info@stammeringireland.ie

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 www.stammeringireland.ie

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 mail@stammeringireland.ie 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:

http://www.tinyurl.com/UpperchurchWalkandTalk

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 http://www.aaireland.ie/routes/.

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

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

Please contact mail@stammeringireland.ie for further details.

 

ISA’s Michael Ryan appointed Mayor of Templemore Town Council

ISA Committee member Michael Ryan is Mayor of Templemore Town Council. Michael took the mayoral chains of office at a ceremony at Templemore Town Hall on Tuesday evening.

Mayor Ryan acknowledged the support of his fellow town councillors, his family and support from people who stammer in Irish McGuire Programme and in the Irish Stammering Association in getting to this position

Congratulations to Michael and family on this achievement. We wish him well in his role.

National Stammering Awareness Day 2012

Once again, there was a good attendance at NSAD, Ireland’s 6th National Stammering Awareness Day which took place in the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin on Saturday October 20th when the day featured speakers talking about their experiences of stammering. There were breakout sessions to allow attendees to chat and talk to about stuttering. There was a short documentary as well as speakers who gave ideas on how to change and manage your stammering and where you can get support.

The special workshops for children and young people who stammer were a great success and parents of children who stammer took part in a workshop run by Speech and Language Therapists and ISA’s Parents’ Support Network.

We look forward to seeing you next October when NSAD will take place again!

National Stammering Awareness Day 2012

Ireland’s 6th National Stammering Awareness Day takes place in the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin on Saturday October 20th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The day will feature speakers talking about their experiences of stammering. We’ll have breakout sessions at points in the day to talk about what you think about stuttering. There will be a short documentary to watch as well as speakers who can give ideas on how to change and manage your stammering and where you can get support.

Special workshops will run for children and young people who stammer; we’ll also have a workshop for parents of children who stammer run by Speech and Language Therapists and ISA’s Parents’ Support Network.

National Stammering Awareness day is free to attend.

More details coming soon.