Children who stutter between the ages 11 and 14 can develop tools and confidence in a group setting

is stuttering geneticGroup therapy can be an incredibly positive experience for young people who stutter. Young people who stutter may feel isolated, and like no one understands how it feels to stutter. They may talk less, and avoid speaking in certain situations. They may have negative feelings about their stutter and how they communicate. This three-day course is an opportunity for your child to meet others who they can relate to, build confidence and increase acceptance of stuttering, all within a safe and fun environment.

Parents and whānau are invited to the second day, for an interactive session led by one of our speech language therapists on supporting your adolescent through their teenage years.


2024 course information:
DATES: 9 to 11 July
TIME: 9am to 3pm
VENUE: Stichbury Bidwill Centre, 251 Campbell Road, Greenlane
PRICE: $300 (NB: if cost is an issue please get in touch)

Please use the form below to contact us for more information.

Please write in the message which course you are interested in:

caret-down caret-up caret-left caret-right

“I gained a great insight to how it actually feels to stutter, previously I have felt empathy, now I understand how exhausting and frustrating it can be. I have gained a different type of understanding, my child has his stutter and I no longer feel sympathy for him, I see his stutter as part of him and his uniqueness, and I am very happy and confident that alongside START he will eventually become a lot more fluent in everyday life”

Kay Parkinson Christchurch

“Meeting other kids who stutter”

“Seeing other people stutter and to make friends”

“Meeting people like me”

12-14 year olds - What did you enjoy most about the course?

“Amazing to meet other parents and hear their stories and learn more about stuttering.  [My son] seems a lot happier and more confident.  He hasn’t said much yet about his experiences….[but] it would have meant a lot to him to hang out with everyone that talks like him” (Mum of Pre-Teen)

“Much more confident now in how to help [my son] and how to talk about his stutter with him.” (Mum of Pre-Teen)

“Connected with parents of other stutterers; sharing other’s experiences – great network.  Learn how to respond to child’s stuttering (and how not to).”  (Mum of  Pre-teen)

“Confidence to move forward with my son, knowing we both have the tools to help when times are difficult for him” (Mum of Pre-teen)

Parents of 12-14 year olds - What did you gain from the course?