Make Room For The Stuttering

Look What I’m Doing-Male Episode 18

Posted on: November 5, 2012

Episode 18 of the conversations with men features Ray Welchman, who hails from South Australia. Ray is a systems engineer in a defense company.

He also runs “Feel The Fear” workshops as a licensed trainer for Susan Jeffers training. Jeffers wrote the wonderful book Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway.

Listen in as we talk about different therapy experiences, the McGuire programme, avoidance, denial, hiding and so much more.

We talk about courage, growth and Toastmasters. Ray is the president of his Toastmasters club and and often finds himself privately exclaiming “look what I’m doing now.” Confidence and courage help us expand our comfort zones and grow.

Speaking of growth, see this video of Ray performing in a Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest.

This was a great conversation. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions. Feedback is a gift.

Music used in this episode is from DanoSongs.

Producer note: apologies for the abrupt beginning. Technical difficulties resulted in a few seconds of Ray’s introduction being “cut off.”

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2 Responses to "Look What I’m Doing-Male Episode 18"

Hey Pam – I want to say that I really enjoyed this episode. Ray sounds like a very nice guy who has an amazing story to tell. When it comes to stuttering, I have heard a great deal about the McGuire Program and costal breathing especially in the UK and Australia and how it has helped so many people. I have been really curious of why this breathing technique helps. Also, it is also curious of why this program has not picked up momentum here in the States. It seems like the program has been a positive in Ray’s life as he is beaming with confidence during this interview. Thanks for sharing this interview.

Actually Mike, the McGuire program does have a presence in the US. Dave McGuire and his wife (Maria McGrath, who is featured on an early episode of the women’s series) are in California and run many programs on the West Coast.
I think the reason that its not as popular here in the States is that most American trained SLPs have been trained in either fluency shaping or stuttering modification. I’ve talked to a number of people who have done the McGuire program and found it very helpful. It requires daily use and practice of the breathing strategies, from what I understand.
Pam

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