Australian Graduate John Turnbull discusses The McGuire Programme Southern Cross News, his stutter and how his life has now turned around
This feature appeared on 'A Current Affair' in Australia and follows three new students on an intensive course in Melbourne as they battle to control their stuttering.
In Australia, The Voice star is giving lifelong stutterers the courage to confront and overcome their fears and helping raise awareness of stuttering.
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Vikesh, Todd, and Derek from the McGuire Programmes were the graduates involved and as a result, we received a lovely 'Thank You' email and the picture above from the guys at CanTeen QLD Div Winter Program.
Sounds like a great day was had by all!
If you'd like to learn more about the CanTeen programme, check out their website for all the info.
Geoff was a chronic overt stutterer since the age of 2-3 years old and continued to suffer the consequences of out-of-control stuttering until he was about 55 despite more or less continuous traditional speech therapy during that time.
As a last ditch effort and without a lot of faith and hope given his history of unsuccessful treatment, Geoff joined the McGuire Programme in July 1999 and found he related easily to the holistic and sports mentality of the Programme.
I gave up on my speech and settled for a life of holding back and living in fear of speaking, I put all my efforts into my soccer career which I did well in.
This is where I learnt you have to work hard for your goals in life, which has helped me on my journey.
Having a stutter stopped me from doing lots of things I have wanted to do.
At 30 years of age I heard about the McGuire Programme and thought I had nothing to lose.
The results I had seen from it were amazing and I thought this was my last hope.
Such techniques I thought were working pretty well. Over the years I had managed to hide my speech problem, moving from an overt to a covert stammerer.
My tricks and word-foolery were so refined that my friends didn’t realise I even had a problem with my speech.
By scanning ahead and swapping words around, by rarely using the telephone and by never pushing myself to speak out I was able to keep a lid on my speech problems.
If I was unable to swap words around I’d empty all of the air from my lungs, tense my rib cage and force the word out.
After that, I felt absolutely invincible. But of course, as happens to many of us, I soon learned that to "keep my freedom, I had to work hard and persevere".
What was to follow was an amazing journey of self-discovery, personal change, and personal growth...which is still happening and will no doubt keep happening for me for years to come.
I have had the absolute joy of being on at least 10 or more McGuire courses over the years, in whole or part, and helping out new students on their way to speaking strength and freedom.
I joined the McGuire Programme back in 2004 at the age of 19 and can easily say it has been one of the best choices I have ever made in my life. I arrived on my first course feeling a large amount of skepticism about whether it would work for me but I knew there was only one way to find out: by giving it a go. I came from a place of being filled with immense fear and anxiety when speaking to other people and would even have to rely on others to make phonecalls for me and even order my own food when out at restaurants or shops.