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”

Team ISA at the Women’s Mini Marathon

mini-marathonCongratulations to Team ISA, Suzanne, Bevin and Veronica who completed the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon on Monday 2nd June in style.

Special mention for Suzanne who, on her first time to take part, completed it in an amazing time of  1h 7 minutes. Well done to all!

You can still show your support by donating any amount small or large by sending us in a cheque or postal order or using the donate button on our site

Women’s Leadership Project

Irish Stammering Association are running a new initiative; The Women’s Leadership Project.

As well as meeting other women who stutter during the workshops, women will have the opportunity to build their confidence and abilities and identify how they can develop into positive role models for female stuttering population.

The project will be in two parts, there will be a one day workshop and then a follow up a number of weeks later. This follow up will be tailored to the individual and can range from a follow up phone call or a group Skype call to an individual coaching session.

The workshop will take place in Dublin on Friday 13th June between 10 am and 4 pm

Numbers are limited and the max number of places is 8.

As well as meeting other women who stutter during the workshops women will have the opportunity to build their confidence and abilities and identify how they can develop into positive role models for female stuttering population.

It is anticipated that  during the workshop women will  :

  • identify their own leadership strengths
  • view themselves positively
  • improve self image and learn new skills
  • identify skills to provide leadership, mentoring and positive role-modelling for younger women.

Women need to be members of ISA or to join immediately.

For more information, email or call Veronica on 086 0736328 to get more information.

ISAYiT! Workshop

ISAYiT! Workshop
The kids at the ISAYiT! workshop, with Kate (
back left) drama tutor from Gaiety School of Acting and Aisling ( back right) from ISA

ISAYiT! ( Irish Stammering Association Youth international Theatre!) held  a workshop on Sunday 25th May. By all accounts the day was full of games, shouting, movement, improvisation and general mayhem. The youngsters look like they had fun in this photo. With thanks to Kate (back left) drama tutor from Gaiety School of Acting and Aisling ( back right) from ISA.
Look out for details of our week long summer camp starting 7th July in conjunction with Gaiety School of acting. Open to young people who stammer between the ages of 8 and 17

10K for ISA

Team ISA are taking part in this weekend’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin.

Suzanne, Bevin and Veronica will be braving the elements on Monday 2nd June to raise funds for Irish Stammering Association.

You can support Team ISA by sending in a cheque, postal order or donating online.

Give them a cheer as they fly by!



Caint Gan Eagla – Conference Day 2014 – Talk Without Fear

ISA is pleased to announce details of Conference Day 2014 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.

ISA AGM will take place in the afternoon too.

Agenda for the Day:

09:30 Registration

10:00 ISA Chairperson’s address: Veronica Lynch

10:30 Men’s Phone Group

10:40 Video

10:50 Icebreaker (Icemelter?!) session.

11:10 Tips for teachers and parents: Callum Wells

11:30 Tea and Coffee

11:50 Women’s Leadership Launch

12:10 International Communication Project 2014

12:30 Lunch

13:15 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

• Parents’ Support Network (Callum Wells and Aisling Keogh, SLTs)

14:45 Talk without fear: Pamela Mertz via Skype.

15:15 Closing session

15:30 ISA Annual General Meeting

16:00 Close

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

Date: Saturday 26th April 2014

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:

The Hospital Saturday Fund makes donation to Irish Stammering Association

The Hospital Saturday Fund makes donation to Irish Stammering Association
Standing Left to Right: Mr Peter Jackson Chief Executive, The Hospital Saturday Fund, Ms Lesley Garrett CBE, FRAM, Patron HSF, Veronica Lynch Chairman & The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn.
At a special reception held by The Hospital Saturday Fund at the Mansion House in Dublin on the 20th February 2014, ISA received €3,000 to support adults who stammer improve their communication skills. In total 30 charities and organisations received donations totaling €100,000 at the event which was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, Vice-President of The Hospital Saturday Fund.

The Lord Mayor, speaking at the reception acknowledged the extraordinary work of all the charities receiving funds from Hospital Saturday Fund. Paul Jackson, Chief Executive, Hospital Saturday Fund said: “We are delighted to continue the tradition of supporting many charities in Ireland, many of which are less well-known. The Hospital Saturday Fund is honoured to support the efforts of such deserving charities and help in some way towards the exceptional, tireless work that they do.” ISA would like to thank most sincerely The Hospital Saturday Fund for its generous support

Survey for Adults who Stammer

Irish Stammering Association are helping researchers at University of
East Anglia, UK,  to run a questionnaire  participation in research by
adults who stammer…

“We are interested in the reasons why people agree or decline to take
part in research studies about stammering. If you are an adult who
stammers (18 years or older), we would be grateful if you would answer
the questions in this short survey.

All of your answers will be treated confidentially and will be pooled
with answers from other people for analysis. The results of the
analysis will be written up in a report and academic papers. You will
be able to access a summary of the results on the British Stammering
Association Website (

Previous research has given us some idea about the kinds of issues
that affect whether people decide to take part in research studies.
The questions that we ask in this survey are based on what researchers
have previously found. We want to know whether the same factors affect
people who stammer.

The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. There is a
progress bar at the top of each page to show you how much of the
survey you have completed. Remember to click the ‘Submit’ button when
you have completed your survey.

Here is the link:

A Christmas Message from ISA

Nollaig Shona

The ISA committee and staff would like to take this opportunity to wish all you all a happy Christmas and the very best for the year ahead. We look forward to meeting up with you in 2014 and working together for the benefit of people in Ireland who stammer

As it is a new year soon, the regular self help group dates may suffer some disruption in January. Please check the website regularly for the latest information on your local self help group