Laura Ludmany was scared of being found out, she says. When her phone rang, she’d run out to the street so her former boyfriend couldn’t hear her talk. If a client called at work, her stomach would clench. Sometimes she’d crinkle a piece of paper next to the receiver and pretend the line was bad. […]
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‘Finding My Voice’ As we sat down at a table in a local café, it was hard to imagine that this confident young lady I was talking to suffers from a severe and debilitating stammer, but this indeed was the case. Now 26, Ballymoney’s Megan Gribben, was enrolled in the ‘McGuire Programme’ helping people overcome […]
A thirty year old Carrick-on -Suir woman who has had to battle from a young age with a stutter impediment has appealed to people having to cope with the same problem to seek help. Shelly Ryan has made huge strides in overcoming her challenges by getting up the courage to enrol in the McGuire Programme […]
A teenager from Upminster, who overcame his own stammer, is now going to help teach others. 16-year-old Callum Wells has lived with a “covert stammer” his entire life. Growing up, he had to make constant efforts to avoid stammering and situations which might induce it. “It was very exhausting, my mind was constantly alert for […]
2018 is closing its doors and what a way to sign off the final Irish McGuire Programme course of the year! The ripple effect from the ‘School for Stammerers’ documentary is still inspiring people to seek the path to articulate eloquence. Seventeen people courageously stepped forward to take control of their stutter in Newry. The […]
ADVICE COLUMN WITH OPERATION TRANSFORMATION PSYCHOLOGIST DR EDDIE MURPHY
View the short interview with Katie Walsh about being bullied as a child with a stammer
A stammer held Margaret O’Brien back for decades until she plucked up the courage to do something about it, writes Margaret Jennings
AT age 53, having hid behind a speech impediment all her life — avoiding social situations, lacking in confidence and unable to hold even a normal phone conversation — Cork mother of three Margaret O’Brien finally found her voice.
Although the Bandon-based head care assistant with the HSE had been working at the local community hospital for over three decades, her world otherwise had always been tightly held in rein by the fact that she stammered.
2018 has only just begun and yet the stuttering community has already stamped its mark on the nation. ‘School for Stammerers’ – the ITV documentary which aired (also on TV3 in Ireland) at the beginning of January 2018 – pulled at the heartstrings of everyone that tuned in. It followed the journey of some very brave people learning how to overcome their stutter through the McGuire Programme.
Liam Pogson talking about The McGuire Programme and ITVs new show ‘School for Stammerers’ to be broadcast on TV3 10.01.2018