What is the course about?
This course combines work on becoming less sensitive about stammering, reducing avoidance behaviours related to stammering, learning strategies to manage moments of stammering more easily, and cognitive therapy (working on negative thoughts). It will provide you with the opportunity to explore your feelings and attitudes towards stammering as well as concentrated speech work.
What will we cover?
The course will cover:
- Identification of the overt (physical stammering behaviours) and covert (hidden thoughts and feelings about
stammering) aspects of stammering
- Becoming less sensitive about stammering; this includes exploring:
- difficult thoughts and feelings about stammering and learning how to manage them more easily as well asgradually reducing some of the things you do to avoid stammering
- Speech work: this is aimed at helping you change your stammering towards an easier, more fluent pattern of
-you will also be introduced to mindfulness and learn how it can support your work on stammering
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
1. Identify at least 3 overt and 3 covert stammering features in yourself
2. Reduce at least 2 avoidance behaviours within the group
3. Reduce at least 2 avoidance behaviours outside of the group
4. Speak in a previously identified challenging situation outside of the group
5. Reduce your stammering behaviour within the group.
6. Reduce your stammering behaviour outside of the group in a number of situations.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for people who stammer and who may or may not have had any previous speech therapy. 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
Before joining the class you will need to speak to one of the Speech Therapy team.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There is a large component of practical work. Visual aids including video and handouts are used. Work will be undertaken both in the whole group and smaller sub-groups using a wide variety of communication activities. You are encouraged to extend therapy into working on your speech outside and to take an increasing level of responsibility for your learning.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other real costs although you are asked to bring a notebook to sessions. We recommend you read
the book Self-therapy for the stutterer by Malcolm Fraser alongside the course which can be downloaded free of charge from the Stuttering Foundation website: http://www.stutteringhelp.org.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can do a Stage 2 stammering therapy course or a theme based workshop (e.g. Mindfulness meditation for people who stammer). A Refresher workshop is an excellent opportunity to revise what you have learnt on the evening course and will help you to maintain progress.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details