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’.

How talking to 50 strangers a day helped conquer my stammer

Liam Pogson of Mirfield, who has managed to take control of his stammer and is to appear on a TV programme about the affliction.

Liam Pogson of Mirfield, who has managed to take control of his stammer and is to appear on a TV programme about the affliction.

It’s good to talk – but how would you feel about speaking to 50 strangers a day?

For many of us the prospect of approaching dozens of people would fill us with dread.

'School For Stammerers' Featuring Riley Partridge who doesn’t want his world to close in on him because of his stammer

Riley has stammered since he first started to talk. It varies in severity - some days it’s really bad and on other days it doesn’t bother him.

Riley has stammered since he first started to talk. It varies in severity - some days it’s really bad and on other days it doesn’t bother him.

Riley Partridge
13, Schoolboy from Chester
Schoolboy who doesn’t want his world to close in on him because of his stammer
● Riley has stammered since he first started to talk. It varies in severity - some days it’s really bad and on other days it doesn’t bother him.
● Riley’s Dad builds his confidence and encourages him to do things such as order his own food in restaurants.
● Riley says his goal is to stutter less and control it a lot more. He has had some speech therapy before which he says helped a little but not much.

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