By Patrick Hanlon Food and travel writer, blogger, 1/2 of gastrogays, London by way of Dublin! [rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes”] As I sat in a university lecture, my breathing was shallow and fast, my palms sweaty and my heart raced as one-by-one my classmates stood up to speak. This scene played out countless times before […]
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AFTER more than 20 years spent trying to hide his stutter, a Lysterfield man has decided to “take action” against the speech impediment that has controlled his life. Owen Westwood, 25, has had the “crippling” impediment since he could talk but time spent chained to a desk in an office job he hated forced him […]
Since overcoming his impediment, Daniel Reid of Llanfairfechan has spoken in front of 100 people at a wedding. A teenager with a stammer took a leaf out of singer Gareth Gates’ book and has now conquered his speech impediment. Like Gates, Daniel Reid’s stammer caused him no end of distress – but his life changed […]
As a child growing up with a severe stammer (stutter / stottern), I always wondered why I spoke in a different way from other students and why they would laugh at me when I tried desperately to pronounce my own name. I was always self-conscious of my speech, and what I was going to say. One of my biggest emotional struggles came from growing up without being able to say my own name without stammering. I always had a dream of becoming an eloquent public speaker, I just didn’t know how.
This may be hard to understand, but the desperate need to be fluent is partly why it’s so hard to be fluent. An obsessive focus on fluency helps to keep stuttering foremost and fixed in your mind.
For years, I used to bite through pencils in frustration, trying to come up with some logical explanation for the seemingly capricious nature of speech blocks. Why do I have good days and bad days? Why do I sometimes block on words I usually can say without effort?
Since he was five years old, Jamie Googan has struggled with a stammer: “Growing up, I always wondered why other people would laugh at me when I tried desperately to pronounce my own name or any other words,” he said. “I suppose that one of the biggest things for me when I was growing up was I have never met anyone else had a stammer, so there was always that feeling of isolation there,” Jamie added.
Until she was 23 Jennifer Vaughan couldn’t even say her own name. But on the biggest day of her life, she composed her own heartfelt wedding vows and made an emotional speech at the reception. She tells Lucy Richardson how an intensive speech therapy course has changed her life.
Adam, 26, has been a stutterer all of his life and for most of it believed his dreams of becoming a teacher could never happen. Worst still, the man who has just become a father for the first time thought he might never be able to tell his son a bedtime story. Adam’s remarkable metamorphosis from a lad fearful of opening his mouth, to a guest lecturer who has eloquently addressed academic conferences across the country, is down to one man – Dave McGuire.
Growing up, I had access to all kinds of privileges. But my speech impediment was one thing that kept me from being ‘perfect’.
It was, however, not until my 4th year of medical school when everything spiralled out of my control.
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- How Embracing My Stutter Gave Me a New Lease on Life29/07/2016 - 11:01
- Lysterfield Owen Westwood works to control his stutter with McGuire Programme08/05/2016 - 16:46
- Meet the Conwy teenager who copied Gareth Gates to get rid of his stammer08/05/2016 - 16:39
- Jamie Googan; Stutterer – “My dream is now my reality.”14/04/2016 - 10:26
- Irish man from Cork says overcoming his stutter ‘changed his life forever’.02/04/2016 - 14:19
- Speaking Up For Herself – No longer suffering in silence.31/03/2016 - 23:07
- Man learns to control his stutter to fulfil his dream of being a teacher30/03/2016 - 09:55
- How I fought a stammer that was killing my confidence.28/03/2016 - 16:24