Ciaran overcame a stutter and is now helping others

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Oscar-winning film raising awareness of stutters and stammers

With the recent Oscar success of the Irish short film 'Stutterer', listener Ciaran McGonagle got in touch in the hope that people who have a stutter know there is help available.

He dropped into the studio to talk to Anton about overcoming his stutter and how he is now helping others overcome theirs. 

Have a listen here: 

A Strictly Fairy Tale Ending…in Galway.

Our Strictly Fairy Tale Judges - on our recent course in Galway (22nd-25th February 2017)

Our Strictly Fairy Tale Judges - on our recent course in Galway (22nd-25th February 2017)

All 11 students took on board our instruction and pushed themselves over 3 days to begin to get control over their stammer / stutter.

They embraced our war mentality and on Saturday afternoon they went to the battlefield having learned, repeatedly drilled and practiced their weapons to face their fear - their fear of approaching strangers on the street and in shops.

And to crown it off, they each did a public speech on Shop Street in Galway in front of many onlookers.

 

Refreshing end to 2016

McGuire Programme members attending the recent Refresher Day in Newry

McGuire Programme members attending the recent Refresher Day in Newry

The focus of the refresher day was for the recent new members from the Belfast course 4 weeks ago to enhance their technique and offer further support in their journey to overcome stuttering. It was also a great opportunity for other members to dedicate a day to working on their own stuttering.

There was a great attendance on the day, 9 of these were Primary coaches, 7 experienced members and 5 recent members who joined the McGuire Programme.

Sam Anderson joins our coaching team

Sam Anderson

But by the summer of 1997, that all changed. I realised I was leaving my comfort zone of 12 classmates, 12 friends who knew me and all about my stammer. I was going into this unknown world, meeting new people, new classmates and a new environment.

Eddie Spiers joins our coaching team to help members defeat their stutter

Eddie Spiers

The programme was intensive and after completing it I was elated. I felt a sense of freedom and hope for the future. That was only the beginning, as the programme has a fantastic support element to it with fortnightly support meetings, refresher days and 3 courses per year. 

Prior to completing the course I avoided speaking by sitting at the back of a room or turning up late so I didn't have to introduce myself so I wouldn't suffer the embarrassment of being judged as a person with a stammer.

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

But by the summer of 1997, that all changed. I realised I was leaving my comfort zone of 12 classmates, 12 friends who knew me and all about my stammer. I was going into this unknown world, meeting new people, new classmates and a new environment.

Eddie Spiers

Eddie Spiers

The programme was intensive and after completing it I was elated. I felt a sense of freedom and hope for the future. That was only the beginning, as the programme has a fantastic support element to it with fortnightly support meetings, refresher days and 3 courses per year. 

Prior to completing the course I avoided speaking by sitting at the back of a room or turning up late so I didn't have to introduce myself so I wouldn't suffer the embarrassment of being judged as a person with a stammer.

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