Winning Back Words: International Stuttering Awareness Day

The second in a two-article collection, highlighting International Stuttering Awareness Day. Sarah Maclean-Morris reminisces on life past and present with a stutter*. A reminder of how much my life has changed.

Speaking up for stammerers!

Aged 17 this bright lad, full of enthusiasm for his history project about the Crusades, slides at the ready, opened his mouth… and nothing happened.

“I didn’t speak a single word, not one single word left my mouth. My mum was upset. Everything tensed in my throat. They just ended up showing the slides in silence. I felt really low. I think I might have cried when I got home.”

Group photo from our Public Speaking Event in Düsseldorf, Germany

Fear Is Fine – Embrace It, Don’t Dodge It.

Have you ever suffered from fear of change, fear of failing, fear of decisions or fear itself? Like many or all people who stutter, we feel fear and that fear is the ‘fear of stuttering’ not the fear of talking. An important point to remember here is that this fear will not go away. This fear will always be with you.

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

Refresher Day In Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland

The McGuire Programme held a Refresher Day, on Saturday 29th July 2017 in Newry, County Down, where 7 New Students from the June 2017 Galway Course plus 12 returning grads/refreshers and 10 primary coaches came together to work on their stutter.

Eddie Spiers & Sam Anderson receiving the Coaching Certificates from Rory West on the June 2017 course in Galway

Overcoming Stuttering In Galway, Ireland

The McGuire Programme welcomed 8 courageous people who came together for an intensive course in Salthill, Galway on 21st-24th June 2017 to confront their stutter and overcome their fear of stammering.

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

Spring Has Sprung And We Had Fun!

On a glorious sunny day in Newry, Northern Ireland, new students from the Galway course in February came together once again along with coaches and other graduates to share knowledge and support one another. At the refresher day there were 31 members of the Irish McGuire Programme in attendance, comprising of 13 primary coaches, 9 experienced graduates and 9 recent members of the programme.