Working from home?


On Saturday 4th April at 12.30pm the ISA Employment Support Clinic will hold a remote workshop on working from home. Among the topics discussed will be how to maintain productivity and how to achieve work / life balance while working from home. To raise any issues you’d like discussed and to register a place please contact es@stammeringireland.ie

Registration closes at 6.00pm on Friday 3rd April.

Women’s Phone Support Group – March 24th 2020

The Irish Stammering Association invites you to participate in the Women’s Phone Group on Tuesday March 24th from 8.00pm – 9.00pm.

The Women’s phone group is a support group for women who stammer and is also run by women who stammer. It is a telephone Conference call that takes place for approximately 1 hour one evening during the month. The phone call is free from a landline or mobile and is very informal, you can say as much as you like or just listen. There are usually 3 to 7 participants on each call. All are women who stammer discussing issues relating to their stammer.

Please let us know if you would be interested in participating in the next or any future Women’s Telephone Support group by emailing us at info@stammeringireland.ie

Public Speaking Workshop – 28th March

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Find the fun in public speaking!

If you’ve always found public speaking more fearful than fun, this workshop is for you.

Many competent professionals have wasted years avoiding speaking situations, only to discover that with the right guidance, they can really come into their own.

This workshop will help you take pressure off yourself in off-the cuff speaking situations, and train you to be concise and relevant.  You will have lots of opportunities to practice and get feedback in a way that feels easy and fun.

LEARN HOW TO :

  • Reduce self-consciousness and handle speaker stress. 
  • Think on your feet. 
  • Get to the point. 

YOU WILL DO THIS THROUGH: 

  • Confidence building exercises. 
  • Easy, fun improv games to improve creative thinking. 
  • Paired and individual speaking exercises. 
  • Individual feedback.

ABOUT THE TRAINER:

Fiona O’Meara is an award winning speaker who teaches public speaking privately and in schools.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/fiona-o-meara-8a6747b2/

The cost of this workshop is €20 per person for non ISA members.

For more information or to book a place please send an email to info@stammeringireland.ie or leave a message on 01 872 4405.

Employment Support Clinics

The Irish Stammering Association is pleased to announce the commencement of our monthly Employment Support Clinics.

Employment Support Clinics are a dedicated support service for people who feel that their stammer has negatively impacted their employment opportunities. They will take place regularly, on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 11am – 3pm.

Tailored advice and support in employment matters can be provided over video call through Skype or Zoom.

Please contact es@stammeringireland.ie for more information or to book a time slot.

ISA Walk & Talk: February 9th 2020

Location: Chapelizod Liffey Walk, Dublin.

Meeting Point: 12pm, February 9th 2020, outside the main entrance to Heuston Station, Dublin.

Length of Walk: A leisurely 2½ hours.

What is the Walk and Talk? 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 through city gardens, parks and along the banks of the river Liffey. We will begin in Heuston Station and make our way to the Gardens at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. We then head for Irish National War Memorial Park before joining the Liffey walk towards Chapelizod Village. After a short refreshment break in Chapelizod, we will enter the Phoenix Park and make our way towards the Knockmaree Dolmen which is one of the oldest structures in Dublin. We will finish our walk by making our way through the park towards Heuston Station. The walk is open to all ages, although children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

How do I take part? Please express your interest in this event before the February 7th 2020 by contacting  info@stammeringireland.ie

What should I bring? Please ensure to bring comfortable walking shoes, raingear and fluids.

How do I get there? Heuston Station is serviced by Dublin Bus, LUAS tram and intercity rail. It has car parking facilities. It is a 20-25 minute walk to the city centre.

Please contact  info@stammeringireland.ie for further details.

Christmas Social 2019

Come for a Christmas drink and a catch up with the Irish stammering Association. Learn more about the ISA, meet other people who stammer, make some new friends or just have a drink and some free finger food!

2019 has been a great year for ISA. Join us for the final ISA social event of the year.

Free finger food from 8 p.m. Wednesday 11th December in The Church, Junction of Mary St and Jervis St, Dublin 1

Happy Christmas and we hope to see you there!

The Next Women’s Phone Group – Monday 25th November

The Irish Stammering Association invites you to the next Women’s Phone Group, which will be held on Monday 25th November 2019.

The Women’s phone group is a monthly support group for women who stammer and is also run by women who stammer. It is a telephone Conference call that takes place for approximately 1 hour one evening during the month. The phone call is free from a landline or mobile and is very informal, you can say as much as you like or just listen. There are usually 3 to 7 participants on each call. All are women who stammer discussing issues relating to their stammer.

Please let us know if you would be interested in participating in the next Women’s Telephone Support group by emailing us at info@stammeringireland.ie if you would be interested in future group telephone calls you can send us an email or leave a phone message on 01 872 4405.
 

Being a parent of a child who stutters – Part 2 by Veronica Lynch

In the last post, Veronica Lynch, former Chairperson and Board Member of ISA, spoke about her daughter’s experiences of stammering in school. Veronica is also a person who stammers and discusses the fears she experienced of her daughter going through primary school and the accompanying challenges.

The Secondary school years

This was when my fear and worry about my daughter went into overdrive. Even though I had seen how well she lived with stuttering I still had all the same worries as when she started Primary School. She on the other hand was convinced that Secondary School would be fine and was very excited to start. For the summer before she started I wanted to talk regularly about how she would cope when in fact I really wanted to figure out how I would cope. I had to recognise that it was more empowering for her if she figured things out herself than if I tried to ‘fix’ things for her. With the support of her Speech and Language Therapist (SLT), she began to find out what helped her negotiate secondary school, I took much more of a backseat but she knew I was always there to help her figure things out. With her agreement I contacted her Year Head in advance to tell her that my daughter stammered. On her first day I introduced my daughter to the Year Head who reassured her that she would be a support to my daughter if she encountered any difficulties in school around her speech. In 1st Year my daughter gave each of her teachers a note to say she stammered and sometimes speaking in class was difficult but if she was given time and understanding it would be fine. This was a practice she continued throughout Secondary School whenever she had a new teacher. This reduced her anxiety about her teachers finding out she stuttered, it allowed her to agree with each teacher about class participation and it gave her control in how she was treated. With her agreement I spoke to her teachers at the Parent/Teacher meetings about the impact her stammering was having on her work and discussed how best to approach that. I encouraged her to make oral presentations but to also discuss with her teacher on what terms she could opt in or out of a presentation. She continued to work with an SLT on and off during Secondary School and a lot of that work was in building confidence about her speaking abilities, learning and practicing techniques to help make stuttering easier and problem solving how to handle different situations. She also continued being involved in ISA activities such as Summer camps, drama workshops and Presentation Skills workshops. She found Secondary School a very positive experience; she made lots of friends throughout her five years there. I saw her grow in confidence in her ability to communicate well despite the fact that she stammers.

A special word about Leaving Cert Orals: Orals are a huge concern for young people who stutter and for their parents. It is not possible to get an exemption from Oral exams because of stammering but certain accommodation can be made. The student’s language teacher can arrange for the student to have a longer time for their Oral exam. They can also arrange for the student to be the first in line to take the examination on the day. This can help to reduce anticipatory anxiety for the student I found that the language teachers were more than happy to spend a bit of extra time preparing my daughter for her Oral exams. Students should be encouraged to prepare well for their Oral exams; being prepared can help reduce worry. In my daughter’s case her language teacher introduced her to the exam supervisor on the day of the Orals who reassured her that she would be given a fair chance at the exam If Leaving Cert Orals are a concern speak to the class teacher or language teacher early in 6th year. Involve your child in deciding how best to support him/her through the Orals.

DARE scheme – Disability Access Route to Education The DARE scheme is available to Leaving Cert students who feel that they have a disability that may have had a negative impact on their second level education. Through this scheme students may be able to access to Third Level course places with a reduced points level. Stammering is one of the disabilities that is eligible for consideration under the DARE scheme. Under this scheme the colleges who participate in the scheme must provide supports, as necessary, for students that have been accepted under the scheme. Although the rules for the scheme may change from year to year it is likely that the student will have to supply the following Evidence of the disability criteria e.g. a report from the students Speech and Language Therapist. Evidence of educational impact criteria e.g. a report from language teachers or other teachers that their stammer has impacted on their performance at school. A personal account by the student of the impact that their stammer has had on their school life. More detailed information is available on the following websites www. qualifax.ie or www.accesscollege.ie or www.cao.ie The Careers Guidance Counsellor in school will be able to supply information and offer help with the application process and it is worth discussing this with him/her.

In Summary: To conclude I’d like to reflect on the key things I have learned about being a parent of the young person who stutters; Stammering is only one aspect of my child and I should not define her by her stammer and she should not let her stammer define her. Keeping my child talking and listening to what she has to say and not how she says it are vital for her to maintain confidence in her ability to communicate and talk. Being involved with the stammering community through Irish Stammering Association and Speech and Language Therapy reduces the feeling of isolation as a parent and as a child and is a huge support in difficult times. Stuttering can be hard but it does not have to be limiting. People who stammer come from all walks of life including public life, media and the full range of occupations.