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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April Newsletter

In the April 2015 edition of the Irish Stammering Association’s Newsletter, some of our contributors’ names were not credited for the articles they wrote.  ISA wishes to convey its sincere apologies to these writers.  All contributions to ISA’s newsletters are greatly appreciated.  It is our hope that these authors will continue to support ISA through sharing their research and insights into stammering.  In this way ISA can keep its members informed and updated on new studies and experiences of stuttering in Ireland and further afield.  An updated version of our newsletter is now available on our website.  The articles and their authors’ names are listed below:
 
Chairman’s Address- written by Veronica Lynch, outgoing ISA Chairperson and continuing ISAYiT! coordinator.
 
“A Broad Overview of Stuttering and The Growing Up in Ireland Longitudinal Study:  Encouraging results regarding prevalence of and academic achievement”.  written by:  Kathleen McTiernan and Margaret M. Leahy, Trinity College Dublin. 
 
Best wishes,
 
Irish Stammering Association

ISA visits the Houses of the Oireachtas

CHDmHBaXIAA3XU6Irish Stammering Association Chair Michael Ryan and Development Manager Jonathon Linklater visited the Houses of the Oireachtas on Tuesday 9th June.

Michael and Jonathon followed up with public representatives to call for continued funding of Irish Stammering Association’s work to support people who stammer.

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government recently announced bridging funding for ISA until June 2016 under the Scheme to Support National Organisations; further funding is unclear.

ISA is the only charitable organisation working in Ireland on behalf of people who stutter.  ISA provides support and information to people who stutter, their families and friends, and professionals who work with stuttering.

Without sustainable funding, ISA services will be under threat.  ISA offers support groups around the country as well as telephone networks for parents, men and women who stutter.  ISA operates ISAYiT! drama groups and young ISA social events for young people who stutter as well as a Skype group for teenagers. Events such as Walk and Talk and Caint gan Eagla Conference Day give people an opportunity to come together to reduce isolation often caused by stuttering.

You can help!  Talk to your local TD or Senator about how stammering has affected you or someone who you know.  Send them an email or a letter; you can find your representatives’ contact details to by clicking here 

ISAYiT! Summer drama camps 2015

10am to 2pm

6th to 10th July

Temple Bar, Dublin 2

ISAYiT

summer drama camps for young people who stammer!

Led by the Gaiety School of Acting,

provides a place for young people who stammer

from age 8 to 17 to try acting and stagecraft.

There will be plenty of fun, games and activities

during the week and new friends to be made.

 

The cost for the week is €100 per child to attend

which is part funded by HSE / National Lottery grant.

Financial assistance with fee is available.

Text or call 086 0736328 for

more information or to book a place.

www.stammeringireland.ie

ISAYiT! summer drama camps 2015

Michael Ryan elected Chair of Irish Stammering Association

ISA Board 2015

Michael Ryan was elected Chair of Irish Stammering Association at May’s Board meeting.  Michael has been involved with ISA since 2009.  He is keen to meet with members of the association and will be visiting support groups around the country over the next 12 months.

Michael served as Mayor of Templemore Town Council and has been raising the profile of stammering with public representatives.  Earlier this year Michael presented in Dáil Eireann with ISA colleagues Veronica Lynch and Jonathon Linklater to highlight the work that the association carries out.

Michael and the Board would like to thank Veronica Lynch, outgoing Chair, for her considerable efforts with Irish Stammering Association.  Veronica has been instrumental in establishing many services, notably the Parents’ Support Network and ISAYiT! drama group, as well as overseeing and taking part in events such as Caint gan Eagla and National Stammering Awareness Day.

David Heney takes over as ISA’s Vice Chair and continues in his role as Company Secretary.

 

Presentation Skills Course for Adults

Presentation Skills course coming up in May.

It will delivered by Donal Courtney from Gaiety School of Acting
on Sunday 10th & 17th May from 2pm – 5 pm in Temple Bar.

This course is open to adults who stammer and looks at all aspects of
presenting and communicating. The cost is €50 for members or €70 for
non members which includes a year’s membership. This course will take
place in Gaiety School of Acting, Temple Bar. Financial assistance
with fee & travel is available.

( for information on Donal see http://www.playactireland.com/donal-courtney )

For more information send an email to mail@stammeringireland.ie or text/
call 086 0736328

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

 

April Skype Group For Teenagers

ISA runs a 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 Tuesday April 14th at 7.15 p.m.

Email jl@stammeringireland.ie if you would like to take part or to get more details.

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