Shelagh Speaks To 11-Year-Old Who Overcame Stammer And Addressed Parliament

Today is international stammer awareness day and Shelagh spoke to one remarkable young boy who overcame his stammer to address Parliament.

Many people suffer from stammering, a common speech problem that causes people to repeat or prolong syllables. Shelagh Fogarty spoke to one sufferer, 11-year-old Olly, who has received treatment for his stammer at the Michael Palin centre. 


Olly was chosen to represent the centre and give a speech to the House of Commons on Monday about how the therapy he received had help him deal with his stammer.

The therapist he worked with at the centre taught Olly to calm down using breathing exercises when he was stammering and found himself getting frustrated.

Olly says the centre has given him new confidence with his speaking and that now he "can do any job really."

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