Stammering controlled me and the fear and panic of not being able to say what I wanted made me feel frustrated and angry. Every speaking situation was a struggle and I manipulated my family and friends to speak for me and avoided all situations where I would have to speak. With hard work, courage and perservance the Programme has given me a new confidence when speaking and I now have control of how I speak and I can now be the person I always wanted to be.
Overcoming Stuttering Along The Banks Of The Newry Canal
Seventeen people courageously stepped forward to take control of their stutter in Newry. The course was held in the Canal Court Hotel. The course commenced at 7pm on Wednesday 24th October and finished up around 7.30pm on Saturday 27th October. Kara McMahon – from the Newry area – instructed the course. Kara steered a tight ship and her disciplined yet warm humourous approach kept everyone smiling and in good spirits.
Through school and ultimately onto university, my speech got progressively worse year-on-year until I was in such a bad way that I was living my life in total avoidance – avoiding people, places, occasions, interactions and situations and living my life controlled by my speech entirely. Everything I did was dominated by this stutter, yet I had such poor self-acceptance that I didn't want anyone to know I had this, I didn't want to talk about it or accept it as a part of me.
Winning at Wynns!
We had approximately 45 members in attendance and held this event right in the heart of Dublin city centre, Wynns Hotel. The focus of the day was to recap on the techniques, sharing knowledge and supporting each other.
There were a number of presentations on the day from members, focusing on both the physical and psychological aspects of stuttering. We didn’t let the wet conditions in Dublin dampen our spirit as we went out to talk to the people of Dublin city centre.
Sun, sea and stuttering in beautiful Galway
Twenty two courageous people from all areas of the country took the big step to finally gain control of their stutter in Galway. Eleven of these were under the age of 18. The course was held in the Salthill Hotel, a stunning location with incredible views of Galway bay and the Aran Islands. The course instructor was the fabulous David McNally, instructing his 3rd course. David, in his calm and chilled demeanor was the perfect host to bring confidence and empowerment to the new students.