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:

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

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 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 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 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

NSAD 2014 Schedule

NSAD 2014 Schedule
All talks in main room unless otherwise stated
  • 10:00 am Welcome – Michael O’Shea & Jonathon Linklater
  • 10:05 am Icebreaker 10:20 am Adrian Bradley – International Communication Project 2014
  • 10:35 am Martha Glynn – “We speak with one voice!”
  • 10:45 am Neil Wallwin – Stammering research
  • 11:00 am Tea & coffee break
  • 11:15am Veronica Lynch – Irish Stammering Association Chairman
  • 11:45 am Patricia Kennedy – Sticks & Stones anti bullying programme
  • 12:15 pm Constantin Manole & Karen Neligan – “We speak with one voice
  • 12:30 pm Dr. Allan McGroarty – Quack stammering therapies, quick fixes, bogus treatments and charlatans
  • 1:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:45 pm International Communications Project 2014 speech bubbles
  • 2:00 pm Michael Ryan – “What we have to say is important”
  • 2:50 pm Callum Wells – Stammering in the classroom: advice for teachers & parents
  • 3:15 pm Beth Moore & Simon Walsh – ” We speak with one voice”
  • 3:30 pm Conor Tiernan – “Attitudes”
  • 3:45 pm John Harrison – author of ‘Redefining Stuttering’
  • 4:15 pm Open mic
  • 4:25pm Closing comments – Michael O’Shea & Jonathon Linklater


  • 11:00 am to 1:45 pm – ISAYIT! drama group facilitated by Gaiety School of Acting – Breakout room 2
  • 12:20 pm to 13:30 pm  – ISA Parent Support Network meeting (all parents welcome) – Breakout room 1
  • 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm – McGuire Programme information session
  • 2:40 pm to 3:25 pm – ISA Teenager session – Breakout room 2


This year’s speakers include:

  • Dr. Alan McGroarty, University of Strathclyde
  •  Simon Walsh, Diary of a Stutterer (Multiple blog award nominee 2013 and 2014)
  •  Veronica Lynch, ISA Chair
  •  John Harrison, author of ‘Redefining Stuttering’
  •  Anita Blom, vice chair of the European League of Stuttering Associations
  •  Callum Wells, Speech and Language Therapist : stammering and education
  •  Adrian Bradley – Speech and Language Therapist : International Communication project 2014
  •  Michael O’Shea – Author of ‘Why I Called My Sister Harry’
  •  Niall Wallwin – Stammering Research
  •  Patricia Kennedy, Sticks & Stones anti-bulling programme


Other speakers to be announced this week


This year’s National Stammering Awareness Day (NSAD) will take place in the Jury’s lnn Custom House. Custom House Quay, Dublin on Saturday 18th October.


The 2014 National Stammering Awareness Day will be in its 8th year and once again it is being kindly sponsored by ‘Speak Soon Communications’.


Irish Stammering Association and Irish McGuire Programme also provide financial support to the event.


“We speak with one voice!” is this year’s theme. This is a great opportunity for all who are interested in stammering to attend and get involved.  Family & friends are very welcome.


There will be a range of speakers throughout the day including people who stutter and professionals who work in the field including speech and language therapists.


The day will also feature a breakout session for parents and an ISAYiT! drama group for young people who stutter facilitated by the Gaiety School of Acting.


Once again, there will be a group running for young people and teenagers to meet and talk about stammering.


The day starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 4.30 p.m. Admission is free; refreshments will be served.