Speak out, find your voice: public speaking for people who stammer
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Keeley Street
Specifically for people who stammer/stutter or clutter.
Course Code: XS305
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
Find your own presentation style and grow your confidence in speaking to groups of people. Many people, whether
they stammer or not, can become anxious at the thought of public speaking. This evening class will help you to
reduce nerves and enjoy public speaking by connecting with your listeners and allowing your personality and
communication style to come through. We will refresh previous work you have done on your speech and on
thoughts and feelings about stammering. There will be lots of opportunities to practise public speaking and to
benefit from the support and feedback of the group.
What will we cover?
Overview and review of identification and desensitisation work and concentrated practice of modification aspects of
stammering therapy and specific goal setting for each student
•Experiential exercises in understanding the power of non-verbal communication, such as rate of speech, eye
contact with the audience, body language
• Presence and connection to listeners
• Speaking circles and opportunities to explore formal/informal speeches e.g. Best Man speeches, Team Meetings, Motivational Speaking, Storytelling, Humour
• Relaxation techniques and Mindfulness for developing awareness and a non-judgemental attitude to ourselves.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
1. Understand more about your stammering, feel less sensitive about moments of stammering and be able to modify moments of stammering with increased confidence
2. Gain greater confidence in making prepared and spontaneous addresses to small and large groups
3. Be aware of and develop your non-verbal communication strategies.
4. Say what you want to say and stammer easily in the group and outside the group.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for adults who stammer who have had some previous experience of stammering therapy. To access
the course you will need have an adequate
level of English to:
• Express your opinions and feelings
• Follow instructions and make relevant contributions
• Make use of handouts with some assistance if required
Before joining the class, you will need to have a telephone advisory session with 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. This can be borrowed from the City Lit library or bought from the British Stammering
Association for around £8.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may choose to do another Stage 2 stammering therapy course, or one of our topic-based courses.
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.