I first became aware of my stutter when I was 7 years of age. I noticed I spoke very quickly and observed even at a young age how I avoided words I couldn’t say. This became progressively worse as I got older. In school I remained very quiet and dreaded if asked a question. I thought the best thing to do was say nothing and avoid speaking situations.
The more I became quieter in myself, the worse I felt. I wanted to be the chatty one and envied all my friends who spoke out and I always admired how well they spoke. If I needed a question answered I always hoped someone else would ask the question for me as I refused to raise my hand and speak.
This over time is not good for a girl’s self-confidence.
However, since joining the McGuire Programme in May 2013 my life has changed significantly. I never had trouble saying my own name but where I originally came from in Clare was always a struggle. Now I can proudly say I am from Liscannor in Co. Clare. I am now a lot more confident in my ability as a person and have taken on many new challenges since my first course.
This Programme gives you the confidence and support to do things you once only dreamt of. It also gives you the confidence to accept yourself as a person who has a stutter and be happy with yourself as you are. My family and friends have noticed a big difference in me as a person since joining the McGuire Programme in 2013. For that I will always be grateful.
So finally, I want to give back to new students my wealth of knowledge and experience in our journey together to articulate eloquence.