Members of the McGuire Programme at the Refresher Day in Newry, Co. Down on 25th March 2017

Spring Has Sprung And We Had Fun!

After only one month on the McGuire Programme the new members showed character and determination in working on their own stutters. The focus of the day was to recap on the techniques that they had practiced on the February course and in doing so dedicating a whole day working on their stutters and supporting each other.

Members of the McGuire Programme at the Refresher Day in Newry, Co. Down on 25th March 2017

Members of the McGuire Programme at the Refresher Day in Newry, Co. Down on 25th March 2017

There were a number of presentations on the day from members, focusing on both the physical and psychological aspects of stuttering. We also took the time to have some social interaction activities and a fun session. Smiles radiated throughout the room and the sound of laughter penetrated the walls.

Everyone who attended put in a great effort on the day and left feeling they had achieved something worthwhile. A lot of people travelled from all over Ireland to attend and their effort and determination paid off. They left feeling empowered and ready to tackle new opportunities ahead.

Thanks to all who made the effort to attend and prepared presentations for the day.

Together we are stronger and wiser. For events and courses in 2017 please check the website.

– Kara McMahon, Course Instructor Intern

A strictly fairy tale ending . . . in Galway

As Fairy Tales have a happy ending, there was also a happy ending on our recent course in Galway (22nd-25th February 2017). A happy ending for 11 students who put their faith is us to help them overcome their life restricting stammer / stutter.

All 11 students took on board our instruction and pushed themselves over 3 days to begin to get control over their stammer / stutter.

They embraced our war mentality and on Saturday afternoon they went to the battlefield having learned, repeatedly drilled and practiced their weapons to face their fear – their fear of approaching strangers on the street and in shops.

And to crown it off, they each did a public speech on Shop Street in Galway in front of many onlookers.

Here are some happy endings from the students on and immediately after finishing the course.

“The course has changed my life and I can’t wait to go back to my family and tell them all about it.”

“I never thought I would be able to speak to over 100 people today, never mind doing a public speech in Galway.”

“My stammer has held me back so much and now I can finally get to grips with it.”

“I can’t believe that so many people have a stammer and they had much the same experiences as I had. I truly thought I was the only one who felt like that.”

“Now I’m going to live my life free from the fear of stammering.”

Over the coming months, through hard work courage and perseverance, they will kill the fear (of stammering) and gain control over their stammer.

They will then adopt a ‘sports mentality’ – looking at their stammer as a worthy sports opponent and hopefully reach the stage where speaking becomes fun!

A truly happy ending!