National Stammering Awareness Day Schedule 2015

This year’s National Stammering Awareness Day (NSAD) will take place in the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Dublin on Saturday 17th October.

The 2015 National Stammering Awareness Day will be in its 9th year and once again it is being kindly sponsored by ‘Speak Soon Communications’ with additional assistance from Irish Stammering Association.  Irish McGuire Programme also provide financial support to the event.

Spread the Word – Education, Cooperation, Communication is this year’s theme. This is a great opportunity for all who are interested in stammering to attend and get involved.  Family & friends are very welcome.  It’s free to attend.

ISA breakout sessions take place for for children (11 a.m.), parents at (1 p.m.) and teens at (2.40 p.m.)
The full schedule is as follows;

10:00 a.m. Welcome – Michael O’Shea & Jonathon Linklater
10:05 a.m. Icebreaker
10:15 a.m. Deirdre McCabe (Person who stutters)
10:30 a.m. Timmy Hammersley (Person who stutters)
10:45 a.m. Ciara Gleeson (Speech and Language Therapist)

11:00 a.m. Tea & coffee break

11:15 a.m. Keynote: Michael Ryan (Chairman, Irish Stammering Association)
11:45 a.m. Cathy Cooling (Person who stutters)
12:00 p.m. Anthony Fowler (Person who stutters)
12:15 p.m. Dominic Sutton (Person who stutters)
12:30 p.m. Keynote: Alan Badmington (Person who stutters)
1:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. Ian Hickey (Person who stutters)
2:20 p.m. Keynote: Veronica Lynch (Person who stutters)
2:50 p.m. Keynote: Ciarán Kenny (Speech and Language Therapist)
3:15 p.m. Michael Donnelly (Person who stutters)
3:30 p.m. Jamie Googan (Person who stutters)
3:45 p.m. Keynote: Pamela Mertz (Person who stutters)
4:15 p.m. Open mic
4:25 p.m. Closing comments – Michael O’Shea & Jonathon Linklater
4:30 p.m. Close
Parallel sessions

11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Breakout room 2: ISAYiT! drama group facilitated by Gaiety School of Acting
1:00 p.m. – 1.45 p.m.
Main Room: ISA Parent Support Network meeting (all parents welcome)
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout room 2 McGuire Programme information session

2:40 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
Breakout room 2: ISA teenager session

All talks in main room unless otherwise stated

Walk and Talk Summer 2015

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 take in the stunning views of the Howth Coastal Path. As the group will walk for between 2-3 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 13th of September 2015 by contacting mail@stammeringireland.ie

What should I bring?

Please ensure to bring: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluids.

Please contact mail@stammeringireland.ie for further details.

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Conference Day 2015 Schedule

ISA is pleased to announce the schedule for Conference Day 2015 taking place on Saturday April 18th.  Registration begins at 9.30 a.m.  A full schedule is presented below. 

Our day ‘caint gan eagla’ meaning ‘talk without fear’. is a reminder that no one needs to fear speaking – including those who stammer.  The day is open to everyone connected by stammering including adults who stammer, young people who stammer, and parents of those who stammer.

Attendance is FREE to ISA members.  If you’re not a member, you can join ISA on the day for €20.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Registration begins at 9.30 a.m.

10:00           ISA Chairperson’s address: Veronica Lynch

10:30           Challenge Yourself: Diary of a Stutterer : Simon Walsh

10:40           Icebreaker (Icemelter!) session

11:00           Ian Hickey : Stammering and the Quarter-Life Crisis: the realities of being a young adult with a stammer.

11:20           Radio Ga Ga: Jonathon Linklater

11:30           Tea & Coffee

11:50           Reflections on presentation skills workshop: David Heney

12:00           Genetics, stuttering, and what it means to you : Dr Shelly Jo Kraft

12:30           Lunch

13:15           Breakout sessions:

– Adults session

                  – Young people session

– Parents’ Support Network (Callum Wells & Aisling Keogh SLTs)

14:45           Coping with stuttering: Dr Triona Lanigan

15:15           Closing session : Challenge Yourself!

15:30           ISA Annual General Meeting

16:00           Close

 

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

Date: Saturday 18th April 2015

Time: 9.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Car parking: Car parking is available at the Hilton Kilmainaham.

The first 1.5hr is complimentary and €3 per hour thereafter or €7 per day; delegates will pay their own accounts.

For more details drop us a line: info@stammeringireland.ie

 

Conference – Caint gan Eagla – Talk without Fear 2015

Hilton Kilmainham April 18th 2015 9:30 – 4:00 p.m.

ISA is pleased to announce details of Conference Day 2015 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.

This year we welcome back Dr. Shelly Jo Kraft, Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, USA.  Dr. Kraft has spoken at National Stammering Awareness Day on the biological and behavioural genetics of stuttering.  A delightfully engaging presenter, Shelly Jo makes complicated science easy to understand!

Outgoing Chair Veronica Lynch will reflect on Irish Stammering Association’s work over recent years and will point to new directions for the organisation.

Dr. Triona Lanigan, counselling psychologist and person who stutters, will talk about ways to handle stuttering and the anxiety associated with speaking situations.  This practical talk will bring research ideas together with things you can do in everyday settings.

You’ll have the opportunity to listen to several other interesting 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.

We’ll have a design your own poster session for children who attend; posters will be featured in the next ISA newsletter

ISA AGM will take place in the afternoon.

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

Date: Saturday 18th April 2015

Time: 9.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Car parking: Car parking is available at the Hilton Kilmainaham.

The first 1.5hr is complimentary and €3 per hour thereafter or €7 per day; delegates will pay their own accounts

Looking forward to seeing you there!

For more details drop us a line: info@stammeringireland.ie

We’re Going to the ZOO

young-isa-zooYoungI SA are going to the zoo! (you can come too). We’re going on a trip to Dublin Zoo on Saturday January 10th.

We’ll be getting a special tour where we go behind the scenes with the zookeepers. We’ll getting close up with some of the animals – but not too close!

The zoo has over 400 animals and is one of the world’s oldest and popular zoos. We’ll be learning about wild animals and those which are endangered.

The trip will be subsidised and is open from children aged 8-16 years. If you’d like more information, please email us at mail@stammeringireland.ie

Monthly Skype group for teenagers

ISA runs a monthly Skype group for teenagers who stutter.  The group is facilitated by Callum Wells, a speech and language therapist who also stutters. Teenagers who stutter can join the call from all over Ireland.

It’s a friendly and informal atmosphere; you can talk as much or as little as you want. People share ideas of what helps them and it’s a supportive environment to make new friends.

Our next call takes place on Wednesday 26th November at 7.15 p.m.

Email mail@stammeringireland.ie if you would like more details.

Presentation Skills Course for Adults

Irish Stammering Association is delighted to announce its Presentation skills course for adults who stammer. The purpose of the course, which takes place over two half days, is to demystify the process of preparing a presentation or speech.

The main outcome of the session will be for participants to engage more effectively when presenting.

During the course participants will develop essential presentation skills and increase personal presence. There will also be opportunities to discuss and address issues relating to stammering when presenting.

 When:   Sunday 16th November & Sunday 23rd November

                11 am to 2 pm each day

 

Where: Dublin city centre location

  

Who:      This course is aimed at adults who stammer who want to learn how to approach preparing and giving a presentation or speech.

 

What:     The course is led by Donal Courtney of Playact and Gaiety School of Acting.  Donal is an actor, director, writer and teacher who believes that acting skills can be applied in different environments to enhance and improve confidence levels. He has a wealth of experience in providing presentation skills workshops in both the private and public sector

 

 Cost:      €50 for members

                €70 for non members which includes a years membership of ISA

                This course is subsidised with funds gratefully received from Hospital Saturday Fund

                Assistance with travel costs is available

  

How:       Please contact us on mail@stammeringireland.ie if you wish to reserve a place or to get more information

 

 

It is essential that participants be available for both sessions to get the full benefit of the course

National Stammering Awareness Day 2014

This year’s National Stammering Awareness Day (NSAD) will take place in the Jury’s lnn Custom House. Custom House Quay, Dublin on Saturday 18th October.

 

The 2014 National Stammering Awareness Day will be in its 8th year and once again it is being kindly sponsored by ‘Speak Soon Communications’.

 

Irish Stammering Association and Irish McGuire Programme also provide financial support to the event.

 

“We speak with one voice!” is this year’s theme. This is a great opportunity for all who are interested in stammering to attend and get involved.  Family & friends are very welcome.

 

There will be a range of speakers throughout the day including people who stutter and professionals who work in the field including speech and language therapists.

 

The day will also feature a breakout session for parents and an ISAYiT! drama group for young people who stutter facilitated by the Gaiety School of Acting.

 

Once again, there will be a group running for young people and teenagers to meet and talk about stammering.

 

The day starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 4.30 p.m. Admission is free; refreshments will be served.

For the official NSAD website go to www.nsad.ie

ISAYiT! Summer Camp 2014

ISAYiT! Summer Camp 2014
ISAYiT! Summer Camp 2014

Announcing the Irish Stammering Association summer drama camp in
Dublin for young people who stammer between ages 8 to 17 years.

ISAYiT! camp takes place from 7th to 11th July from 10am to 2pm each
day and will be held in Temple Bar. There will be games, activities,
drama, people to meet and lots of fun, of course.

Cost is €100 for week. Text or call Veronica & Aisling on 086 0736328 for more information or to book a place.

ISAYiT! drama camps offer young people 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”