McGuire Programme and stammering
|We don’t have to accept everything we’re given in life. Apathy stops us from moving forward. We do, however, have a choice. You make that choice. And you take ownership and responsibility of whatever decision you make. Because remember, only you can make a difference.Gareth Gates, Recovering stammerer. Extract from report, 19th August 2006.The first time the public became aware of Gareth was on Pop Idol when he had difficulty giving his name. Since then, Gareth has enrolled on the McGuire Programme, which has helped him to deal with many of the difficulties he has faced. Watch Gareth talk about his experiences of stammering and working to overcome this during a special episode of Tonight with Trevor McDonald from 2003.
Since that time, Gareth has continued to work very hard on his speech and has gone on to sit exams allowing him to become a speech coach for the McGuire Programme, and has progressed to Course Instructor, helping to lead a course last year in Swindon (read Michael Hay’s report and Gareth’s follow-up). Gareth lead another course in Galway during August 2006 and Bournemouth in November. More details, including Gareth’s full report (and a photo), are on the Irish McGuire website, in particular the weblog. The McGuire Programme provides techniques to overcome the speech blocks and challenging words.
Gareth’s attendance on such courses often causes a bit of a local stir, and resulting press coverage. Here are a couple of articles from the Stirling and Coventry courses.
We have a larger collection of articles and reports on the GPG Gareth Gates Forum relating to Gareth, his stammer and the McGuire Programme.
The British Stammering Association (BSA) described The Gareth Effect whereby they noted that as he became famous and stammering became a common topic of conversation there was an increase in the number of people contacting them as they felt more comfortable and optimistic about seeking help.
The McGuire Programme, which Gareth follows, is just one therapy available. For more information about the many different therapies go to the website of the British Stammering Association.
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