Attendees at a Refresher Day in Newry, Northern Ireland on 29th July 2017

Refresher Day In Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland

The day incorporated lots of drilling and presentations.  With courage we headed out on Street Contacts, to face the many fears associated with #stuttering, and this proved to be very beneficial with the support of coaches and grads.

It was a good disciplined day, working on our #stutter and putting time and effort into refocusing on technique.

Mary Moorehead, Coach on The McGuire Programme

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

Conquering Their Fear Of Stammering In Dublin

On Saturday 25th July 2015, 32 members of the McGuire Programme attended a Refresher Day in Wynn’s Hotel in Dublin to further their journey towards articulate, eloquent speech. 10 of these had attended their first McGuire Programme course only 4 weeks ago.

During the day we practiced and drilled the physical weapons to counteract the freezing, struggle and distortion and the psychological weapons to counteract the fear, panic and sense of isolation. Everyone got opportunities to take the floor and actively take part in presenting different aspects of the programme.

We also hit the streets of Dublin to push out our comfort zones by talking to many strangers and work on our feared words and situations. Everyone worked really hard to overcome their stammer by showing great discipline, courage and perseverance.

While the majority of members were hitting the streets, a few members stayed behind and ran an Open Information Day to explain to the public what the McGuire Programme has to offer. All of these members spoke with passion and discipline.

There was great interest from the members of the public about our programme and a few signed up for the next course there and then.

Our next course is in Belfast from 21st to 24th October 2015.

If you stammer/stutter and really want to do something about it, then look no further!