Closed-Ended Practice : The sane way of doing things..

The Role of Speech Tools or Techniques in Managing Stuttering: Importance of Closed-Ended Practice  In TOPG we talk a lot about the importance of practicing speech tools or techniques to achieve more forward-moving speech. There are many questions to explore on this topic. First, what is the purpose of the speech tools or techniques? Second, how […]

Stammering triggers poems!

Fluency of broken words ~ Manpreet Kaur Everyone is equal, And should be treated fairly”. Wish it was more than ‘euphonious’. I have capabilities yet not one, Stammering makes a label, “A red flag”! Why can’t communication be overlooked, When a person is intellectually creative. Those unspoken internal conflicts Conscious of their gait, Yet inaudible […]

What helped my recovery..

OK, so here are some events in my life that helped a lot: 1. ROLE MODELS: I met some interesting people who had accepted their life in totality, with no regrets or shame. Kumar, my mentor, was one such person. He had been a flower child (Hippie) and had led a wild life in the west- […]

A little Experiment : Dealing With Loss

I thought that I had recovered from my loss: Marian’s death in Aug 2019. But every few weeks, I would get a wave of despondence, sadness rolling over me. Yes, I was dealing with life for last two years quite satisfactorily- traveling, working, interacting, counselling others – everything that I had done earlier. Yet again, […]

“कुछ खोया कुछ पाया”

  ज़िन्दगी मे कई यादगार दिन आते है, जैसे किसी दिन कुछ ऐसा मिल जाए जिसकी कल्पना हमने सपने में भी ना की हो, या कुछ ऐसा मिल जाए जिसकी कल्पना एक लम्बे समय से की हो, कभी कुछ पा के एक दिन यादगार बन जाता है, तो कभी कुछ खोके एक दिन यादगार बन […]

It happened to me!

A young pws, Vinay, came to visit me from eastern UP in 2014. I took him to some nearby shops for voluntary stammering. Then, we came home and had a cup of tea in the back lawn. He was still trembly! It was such a big shock for him. I brought out an old medal […]

Dummies Guide to Meditation (sort of)

11 Nov 2021, 8-9.30 pm, Zoom meeting with Dr Paul Brocklehurst and Dr Amit Bajaj: Discussion on meditation, anchored by sachin. BIG THANKS to both of them and all the TISA members who participated. Summary points 1. If you join a meditation/ mindfulness practice group, chances of success are high. A regular routine also helps. […]

Counseling Tales: Deeper Communication

So finally Kamal did visit Herbertpur one day, after being in touch for many months over emails. I was quite surprised. He had taken a one week leave to hang around. It was early winter and taking a stroll through tea gardens was a popular pastime for the two of us. I would get a […]

The Hook

It is always difficult to ask for help. We think that it diminishes us. So even when we go to a friend or a counsellor, we may never come to the point. We may keep dilly dallying for a long time- may be too long! But if you are a peer/counsellor, you will wait patiently, […]

What is Peer Counseling?

This happened many years ago in Allahabad: I was fond of buying cheap books from the roadside. There was a pavement book shop in Civil Lines, those days – specialising is Russian books. Cheap but good authors. Even when I could not buy them, I loved handling them, looking at them, browsing them for hours. […]

Counseling Tales: My need versus your need

Few days back I met Anil. A young pws, just finished B Tech from Dehradun. I had known him since 2014. We began chatting. I had to just ask a few questions, and he talked for a long time. He shared all that was happening in his life since passing out- and before. Ups and […]

Hangout Feedback from Krishiv

How have hosting hangouts changed you? Confidence boosting: Hosting hangouts sessions at The Indian Stammering Association gives one the confidence in public speaking and leadership in front of an audience of 10-15 members.  Leadership: As a host, you are a leader who takes in charge of making sure our fellow PWS get an opportunity to […]

Hosting a Hangout?

Asking a pws to host a hangout is somewhat like, asking a street cricketer to play International cricket! Madness, in one word! That is how many pws react when we suggest that they should host a hangout, after having attended some. The truth is, we would never ever challenge ourselves, unless forced into it. This […]

Pranayama & Meditation Session

Pranayama and Meditation session is organised by Soma Roy on 28 June from 7 AM to 8 AM. In this session, we focused on abdominal breathing, nadisundhi, bhramri followed by mindfulness meditation. People participated in this session – Soma (Host), Anita, Ashish, Deepak, Arpit, Dipanjan, Bhupendra, Iram, Nishil, Ankit, Sachin, Shilpa, Soumya, Srinivas, Tapan, Krishnenedu, […]

Truths in the Mirror

A deep part of me knows that there is no going back, the old ways in which our society has survived have come to an end as well as how we relate to others and to ourselves. Our apparently solid paradigm dissolves, and with it our personal identity. Who are we, if we are not […]

A wonderful learning

Hi I am Naresh Parihar joined TISA since 2017. 20 March 2020 was the unique day for me I went Herbertpur (Dehradun) which is the place known for ‘you are free to stammer, stammering is ok, now let’s talk with stammering without being worried more about stammering’. Actually I planned to stay there for days […]