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
One in a hundred people has a stammer. There is no cure but there is hope.
I was controlled by my stammer and it frustrated me to no end as I could not say what I wanted to say.
Six resilient people from all walks of life took part in their first 3 day McGuire Programme intensive course in order to deal with their stutter.