Erin Stoner of Westcliff High School for Girls in Southend and Rochford won Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! Grand Final 2018 at the Cambridge Theatre. Her speech was entitled A Speech for a Speech. Congratulations Erin for an excellent speech.
Support for Children
As a Charity, we believe that children’s voices are very important. It’s vital that we keep listening to what they are saying, not how they are saying it!
Stammering can start at a very young age and not all children grow out of it. Whether you are the parent of a child who stammers, a teacher, or you have a stammer yourself, it is not always easy to know what to do or where to find information about it.
Please have a look at the following success stories and see how ASC has contributed to the lives of children who stammer.
In this section, your child one can enjoy an abundance of stories, games and puzzles, some which help them with their fluency, and some that are just plain fun!
We think it is important to have someone to talk to about your stammering. Although this can feel embarrassing, it is much worse trying to deal with it on your own.
It does seem a bit strange that no one mentions stammering. The reason for this now seems very old-fashioned: many parents were told that they should try to “ignore their child’s stammering and it would go away”, or that “if you draw attention to it, you might make it worse”. This idea has unfortunately lasted for a long time, but it is very unhelpful.
All that happens as a result is that stammering becomes a sort of secret, with everyone pretending that it is not really there at all.
If you have found this website on your own, share it with your friends and family – it might help to break the ice and lead to you getting some proper help.
You could talk to a really good friend; the chances are that this friend knows you stammer and would be really interested to know what happens. Why not discuss the website information and ideas?
Talk to your parents and ask them to get some help for you. They can look at the parents’ area of the website.
Ask your teacher for help. Many teachers really do want to help, but don’t know what to do or how to discuss it with you. They can look at the schools’ area of the website.
Get in touch with a Speech and Language Therapist. Again, your parents or teacher can look through the website pages to find out how to go about this.
Call the helpline on 020 3316 8110 and speak to someone at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children.