Speech and language therapy for teens who stammer is available through the NHS. You may be able to refer yourself, although in some areas you will need to see your doctor first. If you are under 16 your parents will need to be involved. You can contact the BSA to find your nearest therapist.
Once you have made contact with your local speech therapy department, they may also be able to refer you to one of the specialist centres or courses listed below.
Specialist centres and courses for teens
The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children
Two-week courses are run during the Easter and Summer holidays for children aged 9 - 14 and their parents, and a two-week course for young adults aged 16 - 18 is held in the summer holidays. An assessment will be required before attendance.
Contact: The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, Pine Street, London EC1R 0JH.
Tel 020 3316 8100 www.stammeringcentre.org
The Fluency Trust
The Fluency Trust Residential course for children and teenagers who
stammer, age 10-17, combines intensive therapy with outdoor pursuits. The course includes an assessment day in Swindon, a five day residential course based in an outward bound activity centre in Devon, and a follow-up day later in the year and report and liaison with professionals. Therapy aims to increase confidence in communication, develop a positive attitude to speaking and decrease sensitivity to stammering.
The residential element is funded by the Fluency Trust Charity. There is a cost for the therapy side, which may be paid by an NHS Trust or your local provider. If you find your local provider unable to fund the course, please contact the course organisers for a discussion about alternative funding. Referral forms and further information are on the Fluency Trust website.
Contact: Claire McNeil, Alex Ford, Sarah Taylor or Beth Loveday (SLTs) at Saltway Centre, Pearl Rd, Swindon SN5 5TD.
Tel: 01793 466790 or visit www.thefluencytrust.org.uk
City University, London
4-day stammering intensive courses are run for young people who stammer aged between 8 and 18 years old, during school holidays.
For futher information see the University's web page at www.city.ac.uk/health/facilities/the-roberta-williams-speech-and-languag... or contact The Roberta Williams Centre, Department for Language and Communication Science, City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB firstname.lastname@example.org
Help on the Web
As well as lots of information for you on our own website, there are also links to other websites.
Why not check out:
BSA's closed Facebook group is open for everyone over the age of 13
Safety: Remember: you should not give out personal information in chat rooms, mailing lists etc. More at www.childnet.com/young-people/secondary .
Here are some tips from teenagers who have coped with stammering:
"If people know, it's much easier. I try to find people who are okay with it. In a group, if the first person reacts well, it's okay."
"Remember that the bully has problems. What is their future going to be? If they put you down, it's an incentive to do well and prove them wrong."
"I know interviews will be challenging but practice will help. It's not the way that you say it, but the content that's important, in presentations."
"The best thing I got out of therapy was meeting other teens in the same situation, to share experiences with and talk to."
Check out your local Speech and Language Therapy Department (ask the BSA if you need help finding it). Have they got a group for teenagers? If not, why not? You could ask them if they could start one!