We have been so lucky to have some of the amazing people we have worked with leave us these testimonials. Here at START, we work hard to make sure everyone in New Zealand who stutters has access to treatment. If you’ve been thinking about getting help, now’s the time to take action, so you can see amazing results like these people have!

As stuttering is personal for everyone, some have elected to leave their names off their testimonial so that we may all respect their privacy.

Adult testimonials


“Firstly it was all about ‘curing’ my stutter but gradually I understood that it’s not about getting rid of it but rather living with it in a positive manner and developing techniques to deal  with the stuttering moments before, during and after the stutter.  START has helped me mould myself into a more confident individual and has also given me the tools to deal with my stuttering.  And honestly I couldn’t have asked for better staff support.” – May 2016

“I recently attended an intensive fluency course and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had! It was incredible to be with others who are in the same situation and share experiences and learn new techniques. By the end of the course I was the most fluent I have ever been thanks to Roz and Voon. The continuing support that I am receiving is fantastic and helps to keep me on track. I would recommend START to anyone dealing with fluency issues” – Paula, Tauranga

Parent testimonials

“When we started we were expecting a “fix” or something to stop our child stuttering but throughout our experience we have learned to support and help our child to manage his speech without always focusing on his stuttering. Ultimately we wanted our child to be a confident speaker and he is well on his way to achieve that.” – Parent of a school aged child – Aug 2017

“Many people down-played Chloe’s stutter without understanding anything about it.  My husband agreed with others that it would get better on its own but as a Mum, when my daughter couldn’t speak a sentence and started to lose her bubbly confidence, I couldn’t [just] do nothing.  To understand the research and treatment options meant we could start to help Chloe and feel confident we were doing something proactive.  Through treatment we had ups and downs and it took much longer than I thought it would.  When the stuttering returned, I took it personally thinking I wasn’t doing the treatment right.  Now we are [at] the other side of treatment that feeling has turned to empowerment.  I know how to support Chloe to be stutter-free and that’s a great skill to have as Chloe’s mum” – Feb 2016

“We are so grateful to START for the information, treatment and support they offered us with Thomas’ stutter.  At times it was really tough keeping on and on with the treatment especially when sometimes it was two steps forward and then one back.  However, yesterday we sat and watched Thomas as the narrator in his school play and seeing him speak confidently and fluently in front of 300+ people made it completely worth it!!!” – Nov 2015