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.