Passionate about stammering? We're here to support you in your work with people who stammer, whatever ages you work with.
Whether you're a qualified or student therapist, you're an important part of the stammering community. We're a broad church here at STAMMA. We back the Stammering Pride movement but we also support those who want to find help for their stammer. So please become a member — join us and help create a better world for people who stammer. It doesn't cost a thing! Please encourage your clients to do the same — together we're stronger.
We've got some great books and DVDs for you to borrow from our library for just a small charge for postage.
Adult clients might well find it useful to join a local stammering group — we've put together a handy list of all the local groups in the UK. If there’s not a group in your area, what about setting one up? Click on the link above for a guide to setting up a self-help group.
The Stamma Helpline & webchat
Anyone affected by stammering can make use of our free, confidential and anonymous helpline and webchat (open weekdays 10am-12noon & 6pm-8pm) — so give us a ring if you've got a question. And get your clients to call us to let off steam after a frustrating day, to tackle fears of using the phone or to practise speech techniques. Make the helpline part of your therapy.
Participants for research
Are you looking for people to take part in your research or study? Whether you're an SLT student or a researcher, we can help. Download and complete our Research Participation Request form in Word or pdf, telling us about your study, then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org We can put a notice on our website and share it with supporters on social media.
Take a look at this interactive resource Let's talk about stammering from Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, which sets out to 'bust myths and highlight evidence-based facts about stammering'.
Want to develop your skills with working with people who stammer? Here are some suggestions:
Join the national and/or local clinical excellence networks. The National Dysfluency CEN offers members three study days a year held in different parts of the country for only £25 a year. For details of your local clinical excellence network contact the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
Attend a post-graduate course – here's a list of the main UK providers of post-graduate training in stammering therapy:
Become a European Fluency Specialist through the European Clinical Specialisation in Fluency Disorders one-year programme.
Conferences are a great way of meeting and learning from people who stammer, researchers and therapists.
The STAMMA/BSA National Conference runs every two years.
...Overall, I had a great experience; it was wonderful to engage with such inspirational people, participate in the workshops, socialise and relax in the bar in the evenings, sharing experiences. I'd recommend the conference to all my colleagues with an interest in the complex field of stammering...
SLT writing in The Art of Communication: BSA conference 2012
International academic conferences
The Oxford Dysfluency Conference is held every three years, and it's a great conference to attend if you're a speech & language Therapist. You can attend for the whole event or just go for a day - the next one is in September 2020.
The European Clinical Specialisation in Fluency Disorders holds a symposium every two years in Antwerp, Belgium, so not too far from home.
Stuttering: the Croatia Clinical Symposium runs over three days featuring a master class demonstrations. For further information contact: email@example.com
International Conference on Stuttering is a three day event in Rome, for researchers and the professionals in the field of assessment and treatment of stammering.
The International Fluency Association organises an international conference every three years in different parts of the world. The next conference will be held in July 2021 in Montreal — better start saving!
Read reviews of books for speech & language therapists.
'Stammering Resources for Adults & Teenagers: Integrating New Evidence into Clinical Practice', edited by Trudy Stewart (Routledge)
Read our articles written by speech & language therapists and SLT students.
'Medical vs. social model of disability: It shouldn't be "either-or"' from Stephanie Burgess
'Working with teenagers who stammer' from Megan David
'Speech therapy in prison: the therapist's story' from Stephanie Burgess
'Stammering can't stop me' from speech & language therapy student Angelica Bernabe
'Taking your child to a therapist: what to expect' from Jenny Packer
'Nursing resilience in children who stammer' from Natalie Dade-Greaves
'Resilience: the art of bouncing back' from Natalie Dade-Greaves
Head over to our Your Voice section to read what people affected by stammering are talking about. Want to write an article telling us about your work, studies or giving your opinion on something? You'd be most welcome. See how you can Share Your Story.