The City Lit 7-day intensive course for adults who stammer
Time: 09:30 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
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Course Code: XS101
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Duration: 9 sessions (over 4 weeks)
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What is the course about?
Stammering, also known as stuttering, is not just about the physical aspects (such as repeating sounds or words,
blocking on a word or stretching out a sound). It’s also about how you think and feel about stammering and the impact stammering has on your everyday life. On this course you’ll learn more about your particular pattern of stammering, how to manage negative thoughts and feelings more easily (this will include some work on cognitive therapy), and ways to reduce the things you might do to avoid stammering, such as changing words or saying less than you want to. We’ll also teach you tried and tested ways to reduce the physical tension in your speech so that you can speak more easily. In addition you will be introduced to mindfulness and learn how it can support your work on stammering.
What will we cover?
The course will cover:
- Identification of the overt (physical stammering behaviours) and covert ( 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 as gradually reducing some of the things you do to avoi stammering
- Speech work: this is aimed at helping you change your stammering towards an easier, more fluent pattern of speech.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
1. Identify at least 3 overt (physical stammering behaviours) and 3 covert (thoughts and feelings about
stammering) aspects of stammering.
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. Ease your stammering behaviour within the group.
6. Ease 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 course is for people who stammer and who may or may not have had any previous speech therapy. To access this 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 an advisory session (free of charge) with one of the Speech Therapy team.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will receive a course manual for use throughout the course and thereafter. This manual will include the course content and will also help you to record and track your progress. Videos and visual slides will be used to complement the practical work you will be doing. Work will be undertaken both in the whole group and smaller sub-groups/pairs 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 costs. We also highly recommend that you clear your calendar of as many responsibilities as possible for the period of the course as this is a full-time course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
In order to maintain and build on the changes you have already made, we strongly recommend you have some follow-up therapy. We offer a range of progression courses, designed specifically for people who have already had some therapy. These take place either in the evening or during the day and can either be straight revision such as our Refresher Courses or our range of topic based courses. Examples of topics include public speaking, drama and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for people who stammer.
Anita McKiernan, BSc, MSc, Dip Coaching, Dip Counselling Skills, MRCSLT, HCPC registered. Anita is a highly specialist Speech and Language Therapist and joined CityLit as a part-time tutor in 2019. Her wider work includes children, young people & adults with Selective Mutism, Stammering and Voice Disorders. She spent several years working in the NHS in clinical & management roles. Anita is also a Visiting Lecturer & Clinical Tutor at City, University of London. She is the Chair of the National Clinical Excellence Network in Selective Mutism and is an adviser for the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. She is also a member of the National and Regional Clinical Excellence Networks in Fluency. Anita has completed further qualifications in areas of Coaching & Counselling and uses a range of psychological approaches in her work. As a lover of the Arts and trained improviser, Anita reslishes the creative process of working with others. She draws on various art forms as appropriate, including art-making, music, movement, improvisation and poetry. She has written songs & melodies for therapeutic use and writes poetry when the impulse strikes!.
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.