50/50 begin their fight against stuttering

On our June 2014 course in Galway, there were 12 new students and for the first time, as far as I can remember, 50% of the new students were male, 50% were female. For most courses, it’s usually at least 70% male.

Gareth Meaney presenting an award to Clairemarie McGrath for being a Primary Coach on one of the winning teams in our recent evaluations

The group of new students worked really hard over the 3 days and have now returned to the real world fighting their stutter head on.
With courage, work ethic, perseverance and using our back up support, they will begin to have a better quality of life and do the things they only dreamed of doing.

On the course to assist the new students, and to improve their own speech, were 60 returning members. The returning members showed great discipline and really gave their all throughout the course.

With Joe Clearly instructing his second course, we couldn’t have been in better hands. His calm and humourous (and tough when needed) approach worked well and we all greatly benefited from him.

Several coaches and instructors were presented with awards for being on the winning teams in our recent evaluations. Congratulations to Clairemarie McGrath, Joe Cleary, Martha Glynn, Mary Moorehead, Michael O Shea and Sharon Gavillet for being there to accept their well deserved awards.

Also, Primary Coach certificates were presented to Neil Walwin, Noel Leader and Elliot Cantwell for passing their Primary Coach Exams on our last staff training weekend. 3 more disciplined coaches join our team.

As the McGuire Programme is an international programme, we also had returning members from U.K. and Norway. We learned a lot from these members and hope to see them on another course.

On the Friday and Saturday of the course we were joined by Neasa O Callaghan. Nessa is currently writing a play called ‘stammer’ in which a young girl battles for articulacy. Neasa attended the course to make sure the stammer in the play is represented clearly and sensitively. Many of our members spoke to her at length about their experiences of stammering.

Join us in Belfast in October for another great, disciplined course with Clairemarie McGrath instructing again.