Opening Doors

Course Dates: 11/05/23 - 08/06/23
Time: 13:30 - 16:00
Location: Keeley Street
This course is for adults who stammer who would benefit from a more accessible learning environment looking to develop workplace and education opportunities. Learn to live well with stammering and improve your communication and self-advocacy skills.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £41.00 Concession £12.00

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Course Code: XS225

Thu, day, 11 May - 08 Jun '23

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This is an introductory course for adults who stammer who would benefit from a more accessible stammering therapy class. The main aim of the course is to assist adults who stammer to ‘Open Doors’ to workplace and/or education opportunities that may previously have been avoided or been difficult. The course will support participants to live well with stammering; build on communication skills and develop their self-advocacy skills.

What will we cover?

What is stammering?
How does stammering affect you?
What support can help you?
Self-advocacy for people who stammer- speaking up for yourself
Recognize your communication strengths and build on these.
Increase your confidence speaking in different situations
Hints and tips for interviews as a person who stammers
Job interview practice.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Understand what stammering is.
Identify how stammering affects you.
Develop sources of support for stammering
Find ways to say what you want to say when you want to say it.
Speak up for yourself more easily in different situations.
Be more confident about job interviews.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course. Before joining the course, you will need to have an advisory session with one of the speech therapists at the college.

To access the course you will need to have an adequate level of English to:
Express your opinions and feelings
Follow discussions and make relevant contributions
Make use of handouts with some assistance if necessary.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This course takes place in person in the classroom in a group of up to 8 people who stammer. Audio-visual aids such as Slides, Handouts and Videos will be used. There will a lot of practical tasks to help you to develop and practise communication skills.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no further costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please speak to the Speech Therapy Department about potential other Stage 1 or Stage 2 Stammering Therapy courses.

Cathinka Guldberg

Cathinka has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for over 30 years, both in the NHS and independent practice as well as in adult education. She has spent the recent years of her career specialising exclusively in working with adults who stammer, both in groups and one-to-one. She also has a degree in Psychology and has attended training in a number of therapeutic approaches, such a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Counselling, and integrates these skills into her work with adults who stammer. Cathinka has extensive experience of giving presentations and providing training to large and small audiences and has developed a special interest in the skill of public speaking. She runs regular public speaking courses at City Lit for people who stammer and has recently contributed to a professional text for speech and language therapists on the topic of public speaking for people who stammer.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.