I Can’t Say My Name: Stammering in the Spotlight

Since this BBC documentary, made by Felicity Baker who attended the Starfish course in 2010, was shown in March 2021 we have had a large response from people applying for a course. We are immensely proud of Felicity for her courage in making this film, and in turn helping people find help from the Starfish Project.

Felicity tweeted - 'The video of me stammering was filmed on my first day at a Starfish intensive speech therapy course in 2010 - I met some amazing people there who really helped with my speech'.

Click here to watch the documentary

Starfish Project Courses Restarting

Since we last updated you in March the covid vaccination programme has continued at great speed and the infection rate has fallen. Based on the releasing of lock down going well we are continuing with our plans to restart the Starfish Project courses from August 2021.

We have taken specialist guidance and have been advised that to ensure a safe working environment for everyone, all participants will be required to provide proof of having received full vaccination of an approved vaccine for Covid 19.

We will be strictly adhering to all current safety guidelines during the course We will continue with the same limited number of new people on a course, as we have always done, to ensure everyone gets the maximum benefit of one-to-one tuition whilst maintaining social distancing.

All of the dates of the future Courses are here.

All courses will be held as usual at The Boship Lions Farm Hotel, which has undergone a large programme of improvement work during lockdown.

Starfish Project Young Person’s Courses

Whilst we were delighted to be able restart Starfish Project courses for adults from August 2021, we were deeply concerned that we were not able to help the ever-growing list of young people with a course. Although the fantastic success of the vaccine program was providing the key for the adults to attend a course, similar plans for vaccinating young people are not in place for the foreseeable future. So, we had to do something to get young people help without the risk of bringing them together on a course.

We have worked long and hard on providing a virtual course for young people, taking much advice from professionals who have been providing education during the last year for school children.

Following fantastically successful trials we have launched Starfish Project Virtual courses. We have contacted all parents of the young people that we had backlogged waiting for a course for over a year. This has resulted in our first phase of courses from May to November 2021 being booked. We are incredibly pleased to announce our next phase of virtual courses starting in January 2022. Contact us for details

The main features of the Starfish Project Young Person’s Virtual Courses: -

  • An individual course for one young person only, with a parent present at all times to also learn the technique and be able to help provide on-going support
  • Two days of Virtual One-to-One training from the course founder, Anne, assisted by experienced Starfish technique users.
  • Learning with the same virtual technology that young people have become used to in lockdown.
  • Course held in familiar surroundings.
  • Starfish support free for life
  • Opportunity to come back to refresh on Starfish residential courses without course fees
  • Only two days absence from school
  • No travel or accommodation costs
  • One off Starfish course fee for life of £250 (same price for 23 years)

Find out more about our young person’s courses here.

Welcome to the Starfish Project Website

Like many people, who visit our site will have reached a point in their lives where they want to do something about their stammer. You may also have reached that same point of 'enough is enough'. Many people have told us of their frustration with the severe lack of stammering /stuttering therapy facilities within the health service, and their search for decent and effective stammering therapy.

For lots of people, as well as years of trying ineffective therapies, they will have also tried expensive hypnotherapy with either none or very short lived results. For others it has been the disappointment and time wasted with therapies giving false hopes and a promise of stammering cures. Whilst others come to Starfish disillusioned after trying very expensive electronic devices designed to disguise or delay sounds and control stammering.

We welcome you to the site, we do not promise a non-existent cure for stammering, we will not try and hypnotise you, or sell you and ask you to wear any gadget or device. Our aim is to provide decent, effective therapy with free lifetime support to as many people who stammer as possible, without making profit out of your misfortune of having a stammer, stutter. We hope that you find the joy of effortless speech with the Starfish Project.

The Starfish Project has been helped and supported thousands of people who Stammer over the years. The technique taught on our courses has enabled them to gain control of their speech and lives. We are a non-profit making project for training people who Stammer (Stutter) to control and gain confidence over something that has controlled them.

Starfish is not about trying to achieve the impossible of so-called 'fluency' - when no one in life is fluent. It is not about striving for perfection in an imperfect world. Find out more about the Starfish Project and our courses.

Unfortunately, there is NO CURE for Stammering or Stuttering. However our training is specifically designed to give you the tools and the confidence to control your stammer in the day to day speaking situations that you will encounter.

Watch young Jack Turner on This Morning

A little time after his first Starfish course Jack Heal-Turner decided to speak about his story of stammering and finding help to control his stammer from The Starfish Project. We are so proud of Jack, the courage he showed in doing this and all he has achieved since. Please take the time to read his mum's introduction and watch this incredible piece of film.

Watch videos of people talking about how Starfish stammering control training courses have changed their lives can be viewed here.

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