Children who stutter between the ages 11 and 17 can develop tools and confidence in a group setting

is stuttering geneticWe are intending to offer at least one course for adolescents (age range to be based on interest) in 2022. This three-day course focuses on learning speech techniques as well as looking at the thoughts and feelings associated with stuttering. The course provides the opportunity to meet other young people who stutter in a supportive environment.

Date: Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th April 2022
Time: 9:00am to 3.30pm daily
Venue: START, Stichbury Bidwill Centre, 251 Campbell Road, Greenlane.
Cost: $150 (or $120.00 if your family has a Community Services Card)
The cost includes the three-day course and two follow up sessions

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

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“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?