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

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.

New stammering research study

Gemma Connolly, a final year speech and language therapy student in NUI Galway, is carrying out a research study which involves talking to adults who stammer about their memories of making friends.

What will be involved?

Here’s what Gemma told Irish Stammering Association about her project:

“If you agree to take part in the study, you and I will meet for an “interview/conversation” where I will ask you questions about your life as a person who stammers and experiences you have had making friends. This should last between 30 minutes to one hour at the most. With your permission, I will audio record the conversation so that I will be able to write out the details of it afterwards (all identifying information will be removed, making it anonymous).”

Examples of questions:

What are your memories of your first friends in school?

And do you remember having a stammer at this time?

As you have grown up, has having a stammer impacted on your confidence when talking to new people and forming friendships?

 

Gemma is looking to talk to people aged 21 and older, and who speak English as a first language. If you are interested in taking

part, please send Gemma an email on g.nichonghoile1@nuigalway.ie and she will send you on the information pack about the study.

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