ITV's 'School for Stammerers' Documentary Produces Great Results in Newcastle upon Tyne

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Steven Cairns instructing a session during the McGuire Programme course in the Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne, February 2018

On Tuesday 9th January 2018, at 9pm, the 'School for Stammerers' documentary was broadcast on ITV in the UK.  It followed the experiences of six people who stammer who had signed up to attend a course in London.  The documentary ran for 90 minutes and was informative, emotive and really focused on the coaches and graduates of the McGuire Programme and what they do to help new students during a course.  All coaches and graduates have been through the McGuire Programme themselves and all have first hand experience of what it's like to stutter.

Speaking out - a television documentary features a Norwich man helping people control their stammers

Stammerer Ashley Guerin. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Stammerer Ashley Guerin. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

As a child Ashley Guerin would do his best not to speak. His stock answer at school was: “I ain’t sure,” and he is sure some teachers assumed he was either ignorant or insolent.

He was neither. Instead he had a severe stammer.

'School for Stammerers' featuring James Critchlow who wants to disappear sometimes because of his stammer.

James Critchlow, 13, Schoolboy from Derbyshire. James wants to disappear sometimes because of his stammer.

James Critchlow, a schoolboy from Derbyshire who wants to disappear sometimes because of his stammer.

James Critchlow
13, Schoolboy from Derbyshire
Schoolboy who wants to disappear sometimes because of his stammer
● James has had a stammer since he could talk and was also born with a an undiagnosed cleft palate (wide cleft of the soft palate). James had surgery at 11 months old to repair his cleft. Health visitors thought he would outgrow his stammer but this didn’t happen.

'School for Stammerers' featuring Emily Booth qualified teacher who is struggling to find a job due to her stammer.

Emily Booth qualified teacher who is struggling to find a job due to her stammer.

Emily Booth qualified teacher who is struggling to find a job due to her stammer.

Emily Booth
21, Graduate from Hartlepool
Newly qualified teacher who is struggling to find a job due to her stammer
● Emily thinks her stammer started when she was about six or seven years old, there was no trigger she can remember, it just happened one day.
● Emily graduated in Primary Teaching this year from Durham University and says her ultimate aim is to be able to go into an interview for a teaching job and ‘not let my nerves of my stammer take over the interview’.

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