I value conversation and dialogue as a means of mutually opening minds and changing attitudes.
I have given talks and co-facilitated workshops in a wide variety of contexts nationally, ranging from Clinical Excellence Networks (CENS) for speech and language therapists to BSA Open Days and Conferences. These have either been individually, or in collaboration with stammering activists, such as Katy Bailey, St John Harris, Iain Wilkie and Patrick Campbell. I also enjoy working with the City Lit team to organise collaborative forums for both people who stammer as well as therapists and researchers. Two current examples include co-facilitating ‘Difference not Defect: Stammering Activism, Empowerment and Pride‘ and ‘Stammering: Activist Conversations Continued’ with Patrick Campbell.
Many of these talks and workshops centre around the social model of disability and how this can extend our understanding of stammering, inform the language we use to talk about stammering and enhance the theoretical basis, role and scope of future stammering therapy.
I regularly collaborate with Iain Wilkie, with whom I have co-developed and delivered the innovative ‘Redefining Stammering at Work’ workshop programme as well as mentoring programmes for people who stammer under the age of 25. I also actively support 50 Million Voices, an ambitious global initiative raising awareness, reducing barriers and fostering stammering allyship to transform the world of work for people who stammer. I have particularly appreciated the opportunity to broaden the scope of stammering therapy by taking it out of the therapy room and directly into the work place and public domain.
If you would like to talk more about a possible talk or workshop, do please get in touch.