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  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭Michael O Shea

    Just a few days to go to the "Lets Talk About Stammering Workshop" in the Athlone Springs Hotel, Athlone, Date Saturday the 21st of August, time 9.30am to 5.00pm. Cost €20.00. per person. All are very welcome.

    If you are challenged by stammering, if you have a child who is challenged by stammering, if you want knowledge and understanding of what drives the stammering system, if you are a teacher, speech therapist, if you support the stammring community, this workshop will be of great benifit to you.

    Michael O Shea.

  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭Michael O Shea

    We had a very good day in Athlone on Saturday with sixteen people attending the " Lets Ta;k About Stammering" workshop, we had a nice mix of five females and eleven males. The day flew by with everyone taking part and pushing out their comfort zones while leaning from each other at the same time.

    The next "Lets Talk About Stammering" workshop is in the Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay, Cork City on Saturday the 27th of November 2010, all are welcome to attend.

    Speak soon,

  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭Michael O Shea

    The National Stammering Awareness Day is fast approaching on Saturday the 16th of October, venue the Ashling Hotel Parkgate Street Dublin, time 9.30am to 5.30pm.

    The theme for the N.S.A.D. day and for the "International Stuttering Awareness Day is "People Who Stutter Inspire"

    This year the keynote speakers will be Mr Prionsias De Rossa, MEP, and patron of the Irish Stammering Association, Ms Fiona Ryan, Senior Speech and Language Therapist, Mr Brendan O Leary and Mr Michael Donnelly of the Irish McGuire Programme, Mr Steven Green, Chairman of the Irish Stammering Association, Mr Davin MacAnaney, President of Eblana Toastmasters Club Dublin.

    The Chidrens Drama Showcase which has been a great success will present again this year, as will the Young I.S.A. group.

    New for this year will be the roving microphone where people can volunteer to speak for a maximum of two minutes, this will be ongoing throughout the day, also there will be a "Comment and Advice Wall" and a "Sign Post For The Future Wall" where you can write your experiances of stammering, give advice, comment on what you would like to see in the future for the Stammering Community.

    A number of short presentations will be given during the day by people who are challenged by stammering and by people who support the Stammering Community.

    If you could give up some of your valueable time to support the Children, and the Presenters it would be great to see you there. This is the fourth year of the National Stammering Awareness Day, the support it has recieved from the Stammering Community in the past has been very positive which has ensured its growth and future existance.

    Looking forward to seeing many of there for what will be a very positive day for the Stammering Community.

    Speak soon.

  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭Michael O Shea

    The presenter and time schedule for the NSAD is as follows, Welcome / Introduction. Speaking Circles / Icebreaker. Mr. Davin MacAnaney. Keynote Speaker. President Eblana
    Toastmasters Club Dublin. Mr. James McCormack. Presenter. Ms Ruth Barrett. Presenter. Break Tea/Coffee. Mr Prionsias-De-Rossa. Keynote Speaker. MEP. Patron of the
    Irish Stammering Association. Mr David Flynn. Presenter. Mr Noel Leader. Presenter. Mr Tom Grills. Presenter. Mr Brendan O Leary. Keynote Speaker.
    Mr Michael Donnelly. Keynote speaker.
    Both from the Irish McGuire Programme. Break for Lunch.!Irish Stammering Association International YouthTheatre. Mr Stephen Green. Keynote Speaker. Chairman of the Irish
    Stammering Association. Mr Liam Byrne. Presenter. Tomas Carr.
    Ronan O Keeffe. Ms Fiona Ryan. Keynote Speaker. Specialist Speech and
    Language Therapist. Ms Sinead Frayne. Presenter. Ms Barbara Johnson. Presenter. Mr Matthew Breslin. Presenter. Ms Monica O Shea. Presenter. Mr Leonard o Shea. Presenter. Summery Panel. Closing Address. Finish.

    Looking forward to seeing you there.
    Speak soon,

  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭Michael O Shea

    The National Stammering Awareness Day was a huge success again this year, a sincere thank you to all the keynote speakers, presenters, introducers, to all organisations who attended, to all who took on the challenge of the stammerers friend the "Roving Mic"

    The feedback from the day has been extremly positive, it was great to see so many in one place to discuss and share their personal experiances of stammering in a safe supportive enviornment. It was also very positive to get recomendations for next years NSAD, keep them coming as we will look seriously at all suggestions.

    The awareness of the support that is available for the stammering community in Ireland is vital. That we support all organisations, public , professional, and private who work with and care for the stammering community is also vital for the future of the present and the next generation of people in this country who are and will be challenged by stammering.

    On behalf of Jonathon Linklater and myself we would like to thank you all for supporting the NSAD, thank you also to the sponsors for there kind donations and support.

    The National Stammering Awareness Day for 2011 will be on Saturday the 22nd of October which also conincides with International Stammering Awareness Day. The venue will be the same as this year, The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin.

    We will keep you posted over the coming months.
    Speak soon,
    Michael O Shea.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭Michael O Shea

    The last workshop on "Lets Talk About Stammeing" for 2010 will be held in the Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay, Cork City, on Saturday the 27th of November. Starting at 9.30am. Finishing at 5.00pm.The workshops will have seven different modules all related to stammering behaviour, mindset, and mentality. The workshops focus on stammering as a system and how to respond too, not only the verbal stammering, but the whole system that drives the stammering behaviour. All modules will be interactive and last for fifty minutes with breaks between each one for ten minutes. The workshops are open to all who may be challenged by stammering or have an interest in stammering behaviour. Cost for the day will be €20.00.

    Speak soon,

  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭Michael O Shea

    The date for the Irish Stammering Associations Conference Day (Caint gan Eagla) (Talk Without Fear) has been set for Saturday the 16th of April 2011, the venue will the same as last year, The Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham Dublin. Times and schedule for the day to follow early in the new year.

    Further deatails on www. why not pay the site a visit.

    Speak soon,

  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭Michael O Shea

    "Lets Talk About Stammering" last call, venue, Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay, Cork, this coming Saturday the 27th of November, 9.30am to 5.00pm, an opportunity to learn more knowledge about the challenge of Stammering, to meet and discuss stammering in a safe enviornment.

    Speak soon,

  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭Michael O Shea

    A very good turn out despite the bad weather for the last "Lets Talk About Stammering" workshop of 2010 in Cork on Saturday last. The attendence of fourteen took an active part in the group discussions. During the day we focused on the psychlogical areas of stammering which I am sure you will agree is one of the main contributing factors which drives the stammering behaviour, mentality, and mindset.

    A sincere thank you to all who attended the workshops not only in Cork but in Belfast, Dublin, and Athlone, during the year, without your participation, your experiances, and contributions during the workshops they would not work. The value of the workshops to people who are challenged by stammering has been very positive for all who attended, because of this positivity we will continue with the workshops, dates and venues for next year will be posted here before the 16th of January 2011.

    I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas, a happy new year, and I look forward to meeting many of you in the new year.

    Speak soon,

  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭Michael O Shea

    The film the "Kings Speech" which will contribute a great deal to the awareness of stammering is due for general cinema release in Ireland on Friday the 7th Of January 2011.
    Speak soon,

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4 Big chopper

    the McGuire programme is having an open day on 22nd January in Kilkenny.

    If you are interested in hearing about the McGuire programme please come along.

    Venue: Springhill court hotel, Waterford Rd, Kilkenny.
    Date: 22nd January
    time: 1.00pm to 3.00 pm

    free admission, tea & coffee will be served.

    more info on the McGuire programme -

  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭Michael O Shea

    Following on from the successful workshops which were run in 2009 and 2010 "Speak Soon Communications will again be sponsoring four workshops to gain a better understanding of stammering behaviour at a physical and psychological level.

    This years workshops will have a completely new format from last year, workshops look closely at what drives the stammering behaviour, what we need to pay attention too besides tools and techniques. All workshops will be interactive, all workshops are about you, for you, many sessions run by you. New knowledge to supplement what you already know.

    The locations and times are as follows,

    Venue: Europa Hotel.
    Date: Saturday the 19th of March. 2011.
    Attendance fee £18.00. (sterling pounds.)

    Location: Dublin.
    Venue: Ashling Hotel.
    Date: Saturday the 28th of May. 2011.
    Attendance fee. €20.00.

    Location: Athlone, Co Westmeath.
    Venue: Athlone Springs Hotel.
    Date: Saturday the 20th of August. 2011.
    Attendance fee. €20.00.

    Location: Cork.
    Venue: Clarion Hotel. Lapps Quay.
    Date: Saturday the 26th of November.
    Start: 9.30am.
    Attendance fee. €20.00.

    The workshops are open to all who wish to attend, the Irish Stammering Association, the British Stammering Association, the Irish McGuire Programme, and the professional speech community will be promoting the workshops through their memberships. This year the stammering community in Ireland will once again take a very positive step forward to support each other and to move stammering awareness in this country to a new level, the "Lets Talk About Stammering" workshops are part of that positive step.

    For three Euro per hour you will get, new knowledge, new information, new experiances, and most important support.
    Friendships gained from attending "PRICELESS"

    Speak soon,

  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭Michael O Shea

    The first "Lets Talk About Stammering" workshop for 2011 is only a few days away, Saturday the 19th of March in the Europa Hotel Belfast, the modules that will be discussed are as follows,

    What Does Stammering Mean To You.
    Getting To Know The Cycle Of Panic.
    You Are The Expert On You.
    Flexibility Is Power.
    Social Anxiety.

    All modules deal with stammering behaviour, stammering mindset, stammering conditioning, stammering limitations, how we all make positive and lasting changes to our verbal communication both physical and psychological.

    Looking forward to meeting and working with many of you around the country over the next few months.

    Speak soon,

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,891 ✭✭✭Stephen P

    Following last year's succesful conference day, this April ISA is organising another for everyone who is challenged by stammering including adults who stammer, young people who stammer and parents of those who stammer.

    ‘Caint gan eagla’ means ‘talk without fear’. A reminder that no one needs to fear speaking including those who stammer. The event will have a range of talks, presentations and breakouts...

    ISA Chairman Stephen Greene brings us up to date with a busy year
    Joe O'Donnell of The Irish McGuire Programme talks about his experience of stammering
    Take part in a friendly forum if you are an adult who stammers or the parents or carers of young people who stammer
    Get new advice and information on how you can help yourself in stammering.
    Find out what a Speech and Language Therapist does
    Young ISA will also meet for a fun session (guaranteed fun!)
    Members of Young ISA will talk about drama, stammering and what respect means to them.
    ISAYiT! and Gaiety School of Acting voice coach Cathal Quinn talk to us about finding your voice.
    ISA's AGM will also take place at 1 p.m.

    Location: Hilton Hotel Kilmainham, Dublin 8
    Date: Saturday 16th April
    Start: 10:30 a.m. registration / 11:00 a.m. start
    Finish: 3.30 p.m.
    Cost: €20 per person
    €40 maximum cost for a family
    Free for students of Speech and Language Therapy.

    Check our website closer to the day for running times. Check the Hotel website for details of parking and public transport options.

    You can register to attend the day by contacting the ISA office on 01 872 4405 or emailing

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,891 ✭✭✭Stephen P

    The ISA are carrying out a survey on Self Help Groups. They would be delighted if you could spare a few minutes to complete it. All feedback is greatly appreciated.

    Survey -> Click Me

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,891 ✭✭✭Stephen P

    For anyone who may be interested, the British Stammering Association are holding a conference in Durham in September (9th-11th). Full details here.

    Boards member & ISA member Michael O'Shea will be speaking at it.

    I'm heading over myself as it will be a very worthwhile trip IMO. :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭Michael O Shea

    The theme for this years "INSAD" is "Shareing Stories-Changing Perceptions"

    More information regarding the schedule for the day will be available over the next few weeks.

    Speak soon,

  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭Michael O Shea

    The next "Lets Talk About Stammering" Workshop takes place at the Athlone Springs Hotel, Athlone, Co Westmeath on Saturday the 20th of August, start time 9.30am and finishing at 5.00pm. Five presentations, all interactive which deal with your stammering sytem, both the physical and psychological impact and responses. All are welcome to attend.

    Speak soon,

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,891 ✭✭✭Stephen P

    The Dublin Self Help Group will meet on Tuesday 16th August at 8pm.
    The venue is the Carmichael Centre, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7.

    New members welcome. See for more info.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,891 ✭✭✭Stephen P

    The Dublin Self Help Group is making some changes...

    From October the second meeting of the month which usually takes place on the 3rd Tuesday will now take place on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

    On 20th October we will have a 'Presentation Skills' evening. This will allow anyone who may want to practice delivering a presentation to a group of people, it can also be used to practice public speaking.

    The meeting will run the same times as the Tuesday meetings but will be held in Room 15 in the Carmichael Centre.

    The change of day might allow people to attend who are unable to attend on Tuesdays. We would be grateful if you could let anyone you know who may be interested.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,891 ✭✭✭Stephen P


    Registration starts at 9.30 a.m. Presentations being at 10 a.m. and will continue throughout the day

    Parents’ Speech and Language Therapy Workshop by European Clinical Specialists in Fluency (1p.m.)

    Young ISA / art corner will meet at 1 p.m. (run by Speech and Language Therapists)

    10.00am. Welcome: Jonathon Linklater and Michael O’Shea.
    10.10am. Speaking Circles: Icebreaker: Why are you here?
    10.30am. Ms Veronica Lynch: PWS.
    10.45am. Mr David McNally. PWS.

    11.00am. Break for Tea/Coffee.

    11.20am. Mr Ben Robson. PWS.
    11.35am. Mr Eamon O Brien. Reluctant Speakers Club.
    11.50am. Ms.Catherine Sheridan. PWS.
    12.05pm. Mr Ciarán Kenny SLT.
    12.35pm. Mr Emmet O Connell Irish McGuire Programme.

    1.00pm. Break for Lunch.

    1.00pm to 2.00pm.
    Speech and Language Therapy Workshop for Parents (Led by Ms Mary O’Dwyer and Ms Fiona Ryan).
    Young ISA / art corner (led by Ms Ciara Daly and Mr Jonathon Linklater)

    2.00pm. Mr Stephen Greene. Chairman Irish Stammering Association.
    2.20pm. ‘April Fool’- ISAYiT! video
    2.30pm. Dr Shelly Jo Kraft, SLT
    3.00pm. Ms Karen McQuillen. PWS.
    3.15pm. Mr David Heney. PWS.
    3.30pm. Ms Hayley Stewart – Mr Stephen Paterson – Mr Philip O Reilly. Photo-Session.
    4.00pm. Mr Rory West. PWS.
    4.15pm. Mr Simon Reid. PWS.
    4.30pm. ‘Sharing Stories, Changing Perceptions’ DAS video.
    4.45pm. Ms Karen Nelligan.PWS.
    5.00pm. Mr Alan Hudson.PWS.
    5.15pm. Question and Answer Session.
    5.30pm. Thank You / Finish.

  • Registered Users Posts: 531 ✭✭✭overthebridge

    The McGuire Programme Ireland are running several Open Information Nights and Days throughout the month of March. The purpose of these events is to raise public awareness about the McGuire Programme.

    The 1st Open Evening will be held on the 5th of March in the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Castletroy, Limerick City at 8pm. This will finish no later than 10pm.

    The 2nd Open Evening will be held on the 7th of March in the Montenotte Hotel, Montenotte, Cork City at 8pm. This will also finish no later than 10pm.

    The 3rd event will be an Open Day. This will be held on the 10th of March in Wynns Hotel, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. This will run from 1.30pm - 2.30pm.

    At these events graduates of the McGuire Programme will talk about apsects of the programme and about how their lives were before and after coming on a course. There will be opportunities to speak to members on a one to one level to ask any questions you may have.
    These are open to all members of the public, admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

    I will post any new info as it becomes available.

    Further information can be found at the following links -!/stammeringire

  • Registered Users, Subscribers Posts: 47,283 ✭✭✭✭Zaph

    OP, I've deleted your other post. Cross posting is not permitted on boards, so please do not post the same threads on multiple forums in future.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,891 ✭✭✭Stephen P

    forward wrote: »
    The Irish Stammering Association are running two information nights (with a view to setting up support/self-help groups) in Tipperary and Laois.

    Tuesday, 21st February 2012, 8pm in the Templemore Arms in Templemore, Co. Tipperary.

    Tuesday, 6th March 2012, 8pm in the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

    Speakers on both nights -ISA Committee Members, Councillor Michael Ryan, Templemore and Sarah McCormack, Portlaoise.

    All welcome.

    The ISA self-help groups provides valuable emotional and social support for people who stutter, in a non-judgemental, relaxed environment. The burden of stuttering can be considerable, and you don't need to carry this alone. Also a great way to make new friends!

    Irish Stammering Association is a charitable organisation which provides a nationally recognised voice for people affected by stammering. ISA provides information, encourages self-help groups throughout Ireland, influences policy, raises public awareness and works towards the improvement of early intervention measures for children.

    Post moved into Events thread.

  • Registered Users Posts: 531 ✭✭✭overthebridge

    BUMP !!

    Just a gentle reminder of the above events on the McGuire Programme.

    All are welcome.

  • Registered Users Posts: 57 ✭✭ipadzz

    Hello all,

    The McGuire Programme Ireland is holding a free open information afternoon in about two weeks. It will be held on June 9th from 1:30pm in Wynns Hotel, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.

    Numerous speakers will take to the floor during the session which will last around an hour or so. Some speakers will recount their own personal speech journey in life, others will give some information about the programme. Everyone is free to attend, from people who stammer to family, friends and partners to speech therapists to people in the community who would like to be more informed.

    People who attend will not be asked to speak on the floor or pounced upon for information, however if there are questions they can be put to the floor or you can have a quiet word with one of the speakers afterwards, where there will be light refreshments.

    You can find more information about the event on our Facebook event page or on the McGuire Programme website. Information packs will be available at the event.

  • Registered Users Posts: 175 ✭✭Untense

    Hi all,

    I am an Alexander Technique teacher and a “LearningMethods” Apprentice Teacher. I recently worked with a client to help with stuttering, and given our positive results I am now interested in facilitating a 5-week LearningMethods class in Cork City for stuttering.

    LearningMethods teaches you the tools to systematically explore your own experiences. By doing so it's possible to find the root cause of an issue with the potential of changing it. Some of the territory we may get in to includes: self-image, confidence, expectation, trying, and possibly exploring the anatomy and function of speech and how we can interfere with it.

    The class will be Cork-based, and will be kept small at 4-5 people. Participants will receive weekly 2-hour lessons with continuous online support over 5 weeks. Cost will be €100 per person. I am aiming to begin this in July, though this will depend on the schedule of interested parties.

    If you could pass this information to any person or groups who might be interested, I'd appreciate it.

    I know some people find it challenging in a group, and I am open to working on a one-to-one basis also.

    Andrew Monaghan