April 2012, Newsletter #6

Issue #6 of ISA’s newsletter is available for download

This edition of the newsletter contains an address by our chairman, Stephen Greene, lots of information on our Self Help Groups including an article on our Galway group and our new Midlands support group in Portlaoise.

We look once again at ISAYiT! and get a look at the drame group from the perspective of Bevin Murphy, who has been part of the group since it first started

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Caint gan eagla – Talk without fear 2012

Caint gan eagla – Talk without fear, ISA’s Conference Day takes place on Saturday April 28th 2012.

Our conference day provides an opportunity for people who stutter (of all ages) and their families to come together and talk about stuttering. Anyone who has an interest in stammering is welcome to come along and take part.

The day is FREE to ISA members. If you’re not a member of ISA yet, you can attend the day and join ISA for €20.

Caint gan eagla – Talk without fear 2012 takes place from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Hilton Hotel Kilmainham in Dublin 8, near Heuston Station.
Here are details of our programme for the day

11:00 Welcome
Jonathon Linklater, Development Manager, ISA

11:05 Ann Flaherty, HR Consultant & Life Coach

11:30 Myth busters
Veronica Lynch, ISA

11:35 Discussion in groups about common, & not so common, myths about stammering

11:45 Some myths busted
Veronica Lynch, ISA

12:00 A Personal View
Sarah McCormack, ISA

12:10 Update on ISA activities
Stephen Greene, Chairman, ISA

12:25 The ‘F’ Word
Jonathon Linklater

12:40 Mindfulness
James McCormack, ISA

13:00 Break for Lunch

13:05 Irish Stammering Association AGM
-13:30

13:45 Breakout Sessions

Adult session Who cares?
Young person session Using your voice
Parent session Talking about talking

14:45 Closing address

15:00 Finish

Caint gan eagla – Talk without fear 2012

Caint gan eagla – Talk without fear, ISA’s Conference Day takes place on Saturday April 28th 2012.

Our conference day provides an opportunity for people who stutter (of all ages) and their families to come together and talk about stuttering.

The day will feature a range of talks and presentations from people who stammer, a life coach, and a speech and language therapist as well as a session on mindfulness and a quiz.

There will be dedicated breakout sessions in the afternoon for adults who stammer, parents of children and teens who stammer, and a group for kids and teens who stammer.

Caint gan eagla – Talk without fear 2012 takes place from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Hilton Hotel Kilmainham in Dublin 8, near Heuston Station.

The day is FREE to ISA members. If you’re not a member of ISA yet, you can attend the day and join to ISA for €20.

ISA’s Annual General Meeting will also take place during the day.

More details to follow.

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Portlaoise support group

The Irish Stammering Association Midlands support group meets in on Tuesday, 3rd April 2012, 8pm in the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

The ISA self-help groups provides valuable emotional and social support for people who stutter, in a non-judgemental, relaxed environment. The burden of stuttering can be considerable, and you don’t need to carry this alone. Also a great way to make new friends!

We know it can be hard to come into a room of strangers, but we are all in the same boat and we know how it feels. So if you stammer or know someone who stammers and want more information we’d be delighted to meet you.

Please note this group will be for anyone over 18 years of age.

Our next family event will be Caint gan Eagla in Dublin on April 28th

International Women’s Day – Let’s celebrate!

1% of the world’s population stammer yet women who stammer are outnumbered by about 4 or 5 to 1 by men. That makes us very special indeed.

Today is International Women’s Day and to mark it Irish Stammering Association want to celebrate some famous women who have at some point in their lives stammered. These women can inspire us to reach our potential as women who stammer.

The following women made their mark on the world and showed us that stammering does not have to limit us.

Marilyn Monroe – actress, singer & BAFTA nominated & Golden Globe award winner

Carly Simon – singer & Grammy, Academy & Golden Globe award winner

Margaret Drabble – novelist, biographer & critic

Emily Blunt – actress & BAFTA nominated & Golden Globe award winner

Peggy Lipton – actress & Golden Globe Award winner

Michelle Williams – singer with Destiny’s Child & theatre actress

So, let’s celebrate these women but let us also celebrate our own lives too. As women who stammer, remember, we are daughters, sisters, friends, wives, partners, mothers, work colleagues and so much more and every day we inspire those who know us by our determination and unwillingness to give in despite the difficulties we experience through stammering.

Here are few things you can do if you are a woman who stammers

– Sign up for ISA women’s telephone support group

– Join the ISA and help support adults & children who stammer

Do the Women’s Mini Marathon with other women who stammer to raise money for ISA

– Take part in research to help better understand the causes and treatments for stammering

Enjoy International Women’s Day!

Portlaoise Information Night – Tuesday 6th March

The Irish Stammering Association are running another information night (with a view to setting up support/self-help groups) next week in Laois.

Tuesday, 6th March 2012, 8pm in the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Speakers on both nights -ISA Committee Members, Councillor Michael Ryan, Templemore and Sarah McCormack, Portlaoise, both people who stammer.
We know it can be hard to come into a room of strangers, but we are all in the same boat and we know how it feels. So if you stammer or know someone who stammers and want more information we’d be delighted to meet you.

The ISA self-help groups provides valuable emotional and social support for people who stutter, in a non-judgemental, relaxed environment. The burden of stuttering can be considerable, and you don’t need to carry this alone. Also a great way to make new friends!

All warmly welcome.

Northern Ireland Support Group

The Northern Ireland Support for Stammering and Dysfluency are meeting in Ten Square, Donegall Square South (corner of Adelaide St) Belfast, every 1st Monday from 6-9pm.

People who stammer as well as family and friends of those who stammer are welcome to attend

For details contact… Mandy at: taylor.moore@hotmail.co.uk / +447743572047

Templemore Information Night

A very enjoyable meeting took place in Templemore last night!

Thanks to Councillor Michael Ryan, who made all feel very welcome at the first of our Midlands Support Groups.

People who stuttered attended the event and spoke about how stammering impacted on their lives. There was a very positive atmosphere and those who attended spoke of the support that they gained from speaking freely among other people who stutter.

Parents of young people who stammer also attended the group and gained information as well as being able to hear that there is hope to be an effective communicator and achieve your goals in life even if you do stammer.

It can be a big step for a person who stutters to walk into a room of strangers, so if you are reading this don’t hesitate (!) to call in to a future event…

Sarah McCormack spoke about another ISA Information meeting coming up in Portlaoise, Tuesday 6th March, 8pm in the Maldron Hotel.

Anyone who stammers or who would like more information are warmly invited to attend!

Telephone Support Group for Women who Stutter

Irish Stammering Association are delighted to announce that they have
secured funding from The Ireland Funds (www.theirelandfunds.org) to set up a
special Telephone Support Group for Women who Stutter. When it comes to
stuttering behaviour, women are in the minority as nearly 4 times as many
males as females stutter. Women with children may also find it hard to
travel to regular support groups.

Any woman who stutters is invited to join in – you will need to provide us
with a landline number. The call is free of charge to participants. Please
email us at phonegroups@stammeringireland.ie with your landline number or to register your interest for future calls.

ISAYiT is back!

ISAYiT! drama group for young people who stammer is back!

We start up again Wednesday 15th Feb with Gaiety School of Acting (5.30-7p.m.) for 7 weeks (€60).

New members welcome! For details drop us a line…

0851857721 / youngisa@stammeringireland.ie