Dawn Finds Her Voice After Years Struggling With A Stutter

Dawn Demeritte

Dawn Demeritte from Nassau in the Bahamas talks about her stutter.  See the article in The Tribune and part two here .

Some excerpts from the article are:

A stutter makes you feel alone and makes you feel so isolated that you hate yourself.... It made me feel invisible.....growing up I had so much I wanted to say but I just couldn't.

 

Stutter. Ken overcomes his stutter.

Ken Bevers talk to strangers to help overcome his stutter. 

RICH SUGG

Exerps from Kansas City Star Article:

While it’s scary to introduce yourself to strangers on the street, it’s doubly so when you stutter.

Just ask Ken Bevers. He does it all the time.

“EHHX-cuse me, guys,” the accountant says in a breathy voice, gaining the attention of three young women walking toward him on the Country Club Plaza. “I ssssstutter, and I’ve been through a program. Could I practice saying my name?” The women glance at one another, then shrug. Sure, they say.

Another Weekend for People Who Stutter in Las Vegas

McGuire  Programme in Las Vegas June 2015

Stutterers face their fear of speaking and are supported by other stutterers.

Las Vegas was home the most recent US McGuire Course and once again we broke the Vegas rule “What Happens In Vegas  Stays In Vegas”  - we very much hope that "What Happened in Vegas this weekend DOES NOT stay in Vegas".

Mark Perlik

Mark Perlik

I stuttered quite severely for about 33 years.  In 2013, I first attended the McGuire Programme.  I have tried many other stuttering therapies from the time I was in elementary school and this is the only thing that has made a substantial, lasting improvement. 

It has changed my life. 

My achievements in the past year include joining Toastmasters and I started working as a waiter at the restaurant where I've worked in a less speech intensive position for almost 20 years because of my stutter. 

Scott Hart

Scott Hart

I have stuttered on most of the words and sentences I have spoken (Or tried to speak) in my so far 30 some odd years of life until that glorious day in March 2012 I decided to step out of my comfort zone and face my fear of speaking . For me, it was a great sense of relief to finally start doing something about it rather than feel pity and shame when my words would not come out in the way I envisioned it.

Ken Bevers

Ken Bevers

As a covert stutterer I often tried to hide my stuttering from the world. As a result, I always felt like I was making this huge sacrifice that few people knew about. I thought, if I switch the words around here or don't speak at this time, well then I could preserve my pride and self image. And I was right, but shame, guilt, fear, loneliness, and helplessness became my true companions. The only reward I ever received from this approach was short-term comfort and safety.

Beyond Stuttering Course In Washington DC

Team DC Derek Bowler, Maria McGrath and Dave McGuire

Beyond Stuttering Washington DC April 2015

Derek Bowler, Maria McGrath and founder Dave McGuire.
 

Beyond Stuttering Course In Washington DC April 2015

On April 15, 2015 a group of brave people arrived in Washington DC  to do something about their stutter.  Some people were new, some coming back for a refresher, some who have crashed and burned, some coming for a boost and some coming simply to help the new students along their journey to eloquent speech. All of us together makes this programme work.

We don’t promote this as a “cure for stuttering” (which means no time and effort would  be required to hold onto gains). 

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