McGuire programme

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The McGuire Programme is a stammering treatment programme run by stammerers (stutterers) which teaches the use of costal breathing (also known as diaphragmatic breathing), self acceptance as a person who stutters and sports mentality. All methods are taught to control a stutter with the aim being eloquent speech. There is no cure for stuttering and the McGuire Programme does not claim to be a cure.

The McGuire Programme was founded in 1994 by Dave McGuire, himself a person who stammers. Dave had the vision to bring different therapy options together and combine them with his background in psychology and sport to make the McGuire Programme a viable therapy option. The courses follow a rigorous 3 or 4 day residential set up and all people on the course are people who stutter. The McGuire Programme has a substantial after support network with experienced graduates available in many regions of the world to help support new graduates of the programme.

The programme's best known graduate to-date is the British singer Gareth Gates who has regularly promoted the course during TV interviews in the UK and Ireland. Also Graeme Duffin, lead guitarist of the band Wet Wet Wet joined the programme and Scottish international rugby union captain, Kelly Brown, is another graduate of the course.[1]


  1. ^ Dirs, Ben (5 February 2014). "Scotland captain Kelly Brown tackling his stammer head on". BBC News. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 

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