Learn how The McGuire Programme can help you move beyond stuttering!

Speak confidently in 3 days!

Holistic sustainable techniques

Unlimited follow-up support

Changing lives for the better

We work with people who stutterWe identify and teach the mechanics and dynamics of speaking.

We help tackle the many fears of speaking experienced by people who stutter, through techniques of concentration, assertiveness and non-avoidance.

With your hard work, courage and perseverance, and our support, speaking can become FUN! You can start realising your true personal and professional potential.




Courses per year


Members (Graduates) Worldwide


Trained Speech Coaches Worldwide


Worldwide Backup Support


The McGuire Programme is a stuttering treatment programme run by people who stammer (stutter) and we teach the use of costal breathing also known as diaphragmatic breathing, assertive self-acceptance as a person who stutters combined with a sports mentality. All methods are taught to control your stutter with a goal of becoming an eloquent speaker.

There is no cure for stuttering and the McGuire Programme does not claim to be a cure!

About Us

The McGuire Programme was founded in 1994 by Dave McGuire, himself a person who stutters. 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 for people who stutter (PWS).

The courses follow a rigorous (intensive) 3 or 4 day residential setup and all people on the course are people who stutter. The McGuire Programme has a substantial after support network (our backup support) with experienced graduates (coaches) available in many regions of the world to help support new graduates (members) of the programme.

  • In the media

    Graduates of the McGuire Programme enjoy talking to the media (newspapers/radio/TV) about the remarkable changes in their lives after joining the programme. The following media clips are evidence that the McGuire Programme does work and is a life-changing experience for many people.

  • Free Information Kit

    Learn how the McGuire Programme can help you move beyond stuttering and speak confidently with the FREE PROGRAMME INFORMATION BOOKLET.

  • How the programme works

    The McGuire Programme is a programme developed and run by people who have stuttered but now live full lives free from the fear, anxiety and limitations imposed by stuttering behaviour. We know how you feel, and understand the problems, frustrations and fears associated with stuttering. The McGuire technique is a holistic and multi-faceted programme dealing with the whole person.

  • Meet the People

    Emmet O’Connell – Regional Director

    By 2004, after 38 years of struggling with my speech and dependant on avoidance behaviours, I finally plucked up the courage to address my stutter and I decided to join The McGuire Programme. Stuttering controlled all aspects of my life, both on a physical and psychological level. The build up of anxiety and fear before tough (and often not so tough) speaking situations reinforced the physical struggle to say even the shortest of sentences. My stutter affected my family members, friends and work colleagues in that they were often compelled to speak for me when the words would simply not come out!

What others say about us

Sandra has growing confidence & encouragement to be herself when speaking to others, as well as starting up conversations. The ability to use her techniques from the course & implement her experiences of stammering in relation to a module called Language Development outlined in Sandra’s college course.

KarenSandra Hough’s Friend

I have known Sharon for over 30 years and I have seen a huge change since she joined the McGuire programme. She is more confident & she no longer looks for me to help her finish her words or sentences. She has come such a long way thanks to the McGuire Programme & I’m so proud of her.

Samantha Dowd
Samantha DowdSharon Gavillet’s friend

I have to admit that Juliusz came through total metamorphose if it comes to the level of confidence, assertiveness along with total improvement in his speech, thinking about working to become a McGuire coach in the future. Seeing him working hard everyday – following the programme & techniques, taking up new challenges – makes me the proudest of him than ever before (though I always was).

Grazyna Chyla-Kaczmarek
Grazyna Chyla-KaczmarekJuliusz’s wife

Since our Mother joined The McGuire Programme, she has more confidence when she speaks, especially when she speaks in a group.

Cian & Robbie Gavillet
Cian & Robbie Gavillet Sharon Gavillet’s sons