First section below lists out various resources developed or curated by TISA over the years; Feel free to copy and share freely. You may (we will be very happy) translate them in regional languages and different formats too like, you could read out “Apna Hath Jagannath”, the self-help manual, and share it as a series of podcast. If you do translate or transcreate free resources for stammering community, feel free to share the link with us.
Published in 2007 with valuable help from Samagra Trust, Dehradun, this booklet offered answers for common questions about stammering. It was used an entry point activity: a hard copy was donated to school library as an introduction to TISA, before working with children in the school. A good primer. (Hindi, English)
A mini book in Hindi to explore various shades and nuances of acceptance- and how it sets you free psychologically, to move ahead and grow. In TISA workshops, we explore various dimensions of acceptance: at psychological level, it might mean being no more “touchy” about stammering; at cognitive level it may mean going beyond obsessive need to monitor one’s own fluency and listener’s reactions all the time. At emotional level- it may mean- giving up all sadness and “victimhood” and participating in the joy of life; stop postponing things. At physiological plain, it may mean- that we no more tense up, hold our breath and struggle in that moment of difficulty: we stammer effortlessly. Acceptance simply means: accepting what IS. Being at PEACE with this moment and move ahead calmly. The writer, Amit Kushwaha, is a prolific Hindi writer. (Hindi)
A brief essay which explores what is stammering and what can be done about it – written for general audience. Three pages as JPG images, can be printed and shared. (link)
A beautiful story from Beata Akerman of Romania (her ISAD paper), for siblings and the family of a child who stammers. You may take turns at reading it at bedtime. Great story for practicing a role play with friends or siblings and to have fun. Captures well the feelings and expectations of children who stammer.
Hindi Animation Video, Podcast
Samwad means communication in Hindi. This bilingual magazine was brought out with great joy and care by Harish and Amit, between 2011 and 2015. It showcased events and sentiments from various SHGs, with write ups from our overseas friends too. Here are main issues as pdf files:
Even though we did not have to report to any monitoring agency (!), TISA has produced many reports for future reference and our own learning.
We tinkered with this medium too! Here are some early efforts by some of us..
https://youtu.be/cjwuC–drg4 (Jasbir Sandhu gives a talk on Radio)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksGGfGbunkw (FM radio)
Many of us have been contributing to Online Conference to commemorate International Stammering Awareness Day (22nd Oct.). It was initially started and organised by Judith Kuster, and later by ISA. Here are some links. Of course other papers are also worth reading. Viren Gandhi has been creating a single file of all the conference papers ever since 2002 (like this).
Prakhar Sachan (2006 ISAD paper).
Prem Kumar (2007, ISAD, Intro video)
Translation by Sachin (2007 ISAD, Link)
Self Vs self by Sachin (2008 ISAD, link)
Manimaran and JP ( 2010, ISAD paper on Self Help groups)
Sachin’s paper (2010, ISAD, What we actually need)
Vivek Singh, Pune, (2011, ISAD, My journey)
Harish Usgaonker (2011, ISAD, The Magic Interview)
Dhruv Gupta (2013, ISAD, Turn Around Thinking)
Sachin (2014 ISAD, The Indian Story)
Vipul Patil (2016, ISAD, Mind war)
Pune/Mumbai SHG (2016, ISAD, People who buffer)
Abhinav Bakshi (2016, ISAD, School Chale ham)
Second section, further down offers the external resources, most of which we believe, are in public domain. Some are not – and buying them will help a good cause. Further down the submenu, there are specific ideas for IPWS who want to run a Self help group (SHG Coordinator), Children and their families; Teachers, Employers and finally a resource kit for media.
Ever since beginning, we have tried to put our stammering “out there”. Yes, in public domain! As a precious service to public! More you see stammering, better you become at “coping” with it- both from the audience and the speakers’ point of view. Many of the videos also show you how a stammerer can become a good communicator, demolishing the popular notion that you must become “cured” or “fluent” before you can do anything worthwhile. Some videos also show you how to step out of the comfort zone on your own..
Goa 2016 women stage an excellent role play!
Needless to say, this repository is constantly being updated.We are offering all the resources here, because it is difficult to categorise people’s interest and needs: even adults may enjoy reading Izabella, a story meant for children!
Series of Hindi videos explaining various concepts and tools in a simple way; Good resource for beginners.
Haklao, Magar pyar se (2 videos; total about 78 minutes)
Why Self help groups?
Dr Judith Kuster is a professor of Communication Sciences at Minnesota. She has done an invaluable service by maintaining this home page (“Mother of all resources”). She has actively encouraged many pws all around the world to open up, write and share- on their way to recovery. The first IPWS to be inspired by her is Prakhar Sachan (link to his 2006 ISAD paper).
Harrison has truly redefined our understanding of stammering (check his “hexagon”).. (learn more about him)
Zuban – a great Hindi film: here is a clip,
King’s Speech is a masterpiece. Watch the full movie here for free.
Front of The Class is about Tourrette Syndrome which shares many features (and a gene, I guess) with stammering. Inspirational! Full movie at Youtube!
Rocket Science has lot of dark humor but comes pretty close to portraying what we go through in our growing up years: Intense American Drama! But also full of deep insights as to how relationships evolve, how our self-concept pushes thru many disappointments and set backs (clip).
Please feel free to adapt these resources for your need and context.