His peers would make fun of him because he stuttered

Conquering his fear of Stuttering

What a sport... Muhammed Hassen from Kelvin, Sandton conquers the fear of speaking.

A SPEECH impediment programme is helping 20-year­ old Muhammed Hassen conquer his fear of speaking.

Hassen lacked self-confidence in high school and his peers would make fun of him because he stuttered.

"I was really excited about the programme because I knew that it was going to help me with my speech," said Hassen at his home in Kelvin.

James de Lange

James de Lange

I've been stuttering since I can remember as a young boy of 4,5 years old. All throughout primary school and almost through my high school career until the beginning of my matric, final year in high school. A family member stumbled on the McGuire Programme while listening to a radio interview with a McGuire Graduate at that time. I get told to have a look at the website. Find it unbelievable and immediately make plans to get hold of these people, not myself though as I was ashamed of my stutter and not able to communicate over the phone, the fear was there!

Chris Meintjes

Chris Meintjes

At School and University my stutter didn't affect me too badly. I could get by most of the time by hiding my stutter and substituting words. Most teachers and lecturers were also aware of my stutter and this made my life easier. Moving into the adult world was a drastic change. Suddenly I'd lost my support system. I felt like I was thrown to the wolves and had to fend for myself.

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