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Stammerer explains how programme helped him realise teaching dream

Wednesday 22nd August 2018
A man with a serious stammer has explained how a speech therapy programme enabled him to become a teacher.
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A man with a serious stammer has explained how a therapeutic programme enabled him to take up a job where he has to talk a lot - as a teacher.

Speaking to the Sunday Post, 39-year-old Glaswegian Adam Black explained how his stammer would previously make him avoid social situations and even claim his name was "John" as he struggled to say his own name. 

However, with the help of The McGuire Programme, which provides speech therapy to stutterers, Mr Black was able to make significant progress and move into an exciting new career.

He explained that the programme showed him how to take on the speech challenge, instead of shying away from situations where he would need to speak. 

“Psychologically, you’re not tackling things. So I started on a programme where they told me just to try, to give it a go, and it changed everything," Mr Black revealed.

“I treat it like a sport in which I’m not going to hit the target every time but I’m going to hit it most of the time. It’s just about having that go at it, that’s the important thing.”

The teacher went on to compare his situation with that of King George VI as depicted in the film The King's Speech, which he said accurately highlighted the psychological issues at the heart of stuttering, including the royal's desire not to ascend to the throne because of the public speaking obligations it would place on him. 

He noted that the techniques used to tackle the King's stutter are "a bit out-of-date now," but were "perfectly applicable" at the time. 

The McGuire Programme is a global enterprise that helps people all over the world, often in dealing with some of the most tricky social situations that can affect a stutterer.

Examples of those benefiting from the programme include Jennifer Vaughan, who had a stammer so bad she believed nobody would ever marry her. Last year, however, after five years of speech therapy she was not only able to tie the knot, but overcome her problem to read out her wedding vows.

Written by Martin Lambert

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