Stirling 2019 - making a difference for people who stutter

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Glenn Bills - first time instructing a McGuire Programme course. Great job! No-one knew it was his first time doing it.

The last McGuire Programme UK North course of the the year was recently held in Stirling, Scotland, 6th - 10th November 2019.  Seven brave souls turned up to face their fears and to learn how to control and, ultimaltely, conquer their stutters.  The new students were a mixed group - six males and one female.  Two of the new students were under 18 years of age.  Ages ranged from 14 to 40.

East Kilbride man who overcame stammer wants to help others have their voice heard

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Iain has overcome a bad stammer and is now a coach to help people like him.

An East Kilbride man who suffered from a crippling stammer for most of his life is now helping others to make their voices heard.

Iain Gray, from Whitehills, a coach with the McGuire Programme, has helped numerous people on their path to finding ways to deal with their stammer, including former Scotland rugby captain Kelly Brown.

But Iain’s own journey hasn’t been easy – from struggling to say “I do” at his own wedding to having the confidence to say his own name.

15 Year Old Moffat Lad Charlie Dow Talks About His Life With A Stammer

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Charlie Dow

Everybody stutters, everybody stumbles over their own words now and again, it’s normal. To the majority of people, stuttering is a rare occasion which usually happens when one is feeling over-emotional, however, for 1% of the population, it’s something dealt with each and every day.

 

Alan adds his voice to stuttering awareness day

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Alan Oliver is a keen badminton player

WHEN Alan Oliver came home early from his gap year in Australia, he thought his stutter had got the better of him.

People struggled to understand him and constantly asked him to repeat himself.

But after 12 years of help from a national programme, the Live Borders sport development officer is a different man.

And he is now encouraging anybody who has speech problems to get help – ahead of International Stuttering Awareness Day next Tuesday.

Mental health nurse reveals how he found way out of 'the prison of the stuttering world'

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Community mental health nurse Michael Batley.

When Michael Batley dropped out of university in 2003 he feared his stutter had got the better of him.

Unable to complete the presentations or communicate with course mates on his advertising degree at Huddersfield University, he walked away not knowing what life would offer him.

His struggles did not end.

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