FAQ

Does The McGuire Programme Have A Good Relationship With The Wider Stuttering Community?

Yes. Many McGuire Programme members are active beyond the Programme as volunteers in other stammering self-help organisations such as the BSA (British Stammering Association), the NSA (National Stuttering Association), the Australian Speak Easy Association, and the ISA (International Stuttering Association).

Alongside these bodies, the McGuire Programme plays its part in promoting public and professional awareness of stammering.

What Opinions Do Speech And Language Therapists Have Of The McGuire Programme?

From the beginning, we have engaged positively with the professional community, obtained their views and input, and worked cooperatively for the improved prospects of people who stammer.

Many speech therapists have attended our intensive courses and suggested changes that have improved aspects of our programme.

Others have sought to learn from our approach and have referred clients to us.

Although we have always had an open door policy for professionals (SLPs, MDs, Psychologist, etc.) who work with those who stutter to observe our courses, experience has shown us that our techniques and approaches should not be used by these observers for the following reasons:

· The physical techniques are part of a system including mental strategies and unlimited support that only the McGuire Programme can supply.
· These techniques and approaches require intensive courses to be effective.
· If any part is taught incorrectly, or without the necessary extended intensity, the result will almost always be failure. It has been our experience that those who fail an ineffective copycat programme will lose motivation for ever trying such techniques/approaches again.

What Qualifications Do You Have?

We are not qualified speech and language therapists.

Our coaching staff includes a number of medical practitioners, psychologists and counsellors and we often draw on their expertise.

More importantly, however, we consider our personal experience with stammering and our demonstrated commitment to assist others over the long term as a significant qualification in its own right.

The Programme is continuously reviewed and developed by trained Programme staff who, by constantly observing and working with many kinds of stammerers, consulting with professionals and learning from other sources, seek to improve its effectiveness.

You Say That The Goal For Students Of The McGuire Programme Is Eloquence. Why Do You Aim For Eloquence And Not For Fluency? What Is The Difference?

Many people who stammer – perhaps most – enter stammering therapy wishing to become fluent. After years of negative speaking experiences, this is understandable. However, it is a paradox that fluency, when pursued above all else, can be a self-defeating goal.

Much more productive is to start with self-acceptance. Learning to accept ourselves fully in the role of people who stammer can be challenging, but it is the crucial first step beyond stammering. Interestingly, by taking the focus away from fluency as a primary objective, fluency is often achieved as a by product.

We aim for eloquence because we want you to take pride in your role as a speaker. Indeed, many of our members are involved in public speaking organisations such as Toastmasters, Association of Speakers Clubs, and Rostrum.

McGuire Programme graduates regularly win public speaking awards.

May I Speak To Some Graduates Of The Programme?

Yes. There are many scams on the Internet so we encourage all potential applicants to do this initial research.

Contact the Regional Director and he will provide you with phone numbers of graduates who are happy to share their experiences of stuttering and how they have overcome it.

Also, you will be very welcome to attend our Open Days or Support Groups to ask questions, find out more about us and to speak to some graduates in person.

When considering any treatment the key question is what ongoing coaching and support is available and at what cost? This aspect is one of the strengths of the McGuire Programme and a major point of difference to other treatments.

I Like What I Hear About The McGuire Programme And I Want To Apply For My First Course. How Do I Do That?

The application form should be completed by yourself or, in the case of a minor, by a parent, guardian or other responsible person.

If you choose to apply online, the first step is to go to the online application form. When you have filled in all the information we ask you to provide, click on the ‘Submit’ button and the security code directly below it. Your application will be sent to the Regional Director. You will receive a confirmation shortly afterwards.

If you (or someone speaking on your behalf) prefer to contact the Regional Director, just click on contact us and you can submit your message on-line. You can also contact the Regional Director directly by e-mail, telephone or letter; you will find contact details on the website. An application form will be sent to you on request. This should be completed and returned to the Regional Director. You will receive a confirmation shortly afterwards by whichever method you prefer (e-mail, telephone or letter).

The Regional Director will provide dates for forthcoming intensive courses which still have places available for new students.

I Heard That The Course Days Are Very Long. Why Is That?

Overcoming stuttering is a difficult process.

That’s why we work on both the physical and psychological aspects of stuttering as well as practise the techniques in public.

This is to give you the best possible initial start on your journey to overcome your stutter.

So sessions usually begin most mornings at 8am and end at about 10pm.

Yes, it’s a long day, but the end result is all worth it.

Do You Have Regular Breaks Throughout The Course?

Yes. We break for 10 minutes after every 50 minute session.

This is to ensure that the information given is retained. It also gives an opportunity to ‘freshen up’.

There are also extended breaks for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Typically, How Many People Participate On A Course At One Time?

A typical course has about 10-15 new students with about 30-40 returning graduates attending at any one time.

The graduates return on the courses to help the new students and also to improve their own speech.

Part of this process is helping others to overcome their stutter.

Much of the course time is spent in one to one tuition.

Why Do Some Graduates Return To Stuttering After The Programme?

After graduates gain control over their own stutter many have a passion to help other people who stutter. They return to courses to assist in coaching roles and perhaps after appropriate training they become involved in instructing on courses. Other graduates leave the 3-day course 100% fluent and feel they are “cured”.

However, because they don’t practice the breathing and speaking technique or challenge their feared speaking situations, they continue to have problems. However, they can then return to a 3-day intensive refresher course for only a small daily fee, refresh their technique and get back on track.

How Many People Have Joined The Programme?

We have been going since 1994 and in that time several thousand have attended courses worldwide.

What Is The Best Way For Us To Support Our Friend?

Just accept and support him or her unconditionally but also provide them with information about options available to him to improve their communication. Give them the time they need to speak even if they are having trouble saying certain words or sounds.

Encouragement is important but we emphasise the ownership to do something has to be with him or her.

How Can My Brother Overcome His Apprehension About Attending A Course?

Once he attends the course, he’ll see that he is among people who like him, stutter, and who have all experienced the associated problems. The course presents challenging situations but all activities are optional. We don’t ask people to do anything we don’t believe they can do.

We also encourage family members to join the course (or parts of it) at no charge.

How Can We Encourage Our Brother To Join?

One of the keys to this programme’s success is that the need for change has to come from the individual concerned. So it’s up to your brother to make this decision to do something positive for himself.

If he has a compelling reason to improve his speech, this programme can be life-changing for him.

Is There A CURE For Stuttering?

Generally no, although many of our graduates reach the point where they have overcame their stutter; stuttering no longer is a consideration in their lives regardless of the situation. For others we offer a proven method of controlling stuttering so that they can embrace speaking situations they would have previously avoided.

What Is The McGuire Approach?

To overcome a stutter is a long-term process requiring constant coaching and support as provided by our programme.

The McGuire Programme takes a holistic approach that treats stuttering not so much as a problem with speech but more an issue with our experience of communication and how we relate to people and the world around us: more an issue of fear and anxiety and old patterns and triggers from the past. Changes to those old patterns takes time hence the emphasis on ongoing coaching and support.

The McGuire Programme has been a great solution for many people who stutter throughout the world.

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