Educating stutterers in Yorkshire, Mushy graduates with a message to life-changing teachers

Musharaf Asghar brought Yorkshire Education fans to tears as he delivered his year-end speech after working with teacher Burton on his stutter

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Musharaf on Yorkshire Education Inspired Ling’s Speech

Back in 2013, Musharaf Asghar and his teacher, Mr Burton, inspired England when they worked together to overcome teenage stuttering on Channel 4’s Yorkshire Education channel.

After watching The King’s Speech, Mr. Burton asked his struggling student to try a technique used in the film and it worked, bringing viewers to tears.

The know-how helped Mushy pass his English GCSE oral exam and saw him speak at the end of his first semester on the school board.

And now, 9 years later, Musharaf, better known as Mushy, has graduated from college as he continues to inspire with his hard work and dedication to his studies.

To celebrate the special day, he shared an inspirational photo and message on Twitter, expressing gratitude to the amazing teachers who helped him get there.

Musharaf Asghar graduated from university



He writes: “From sitting in class and pondering whether life will accept me as a stutterer, to taking the entrance exam to college and graduating.

“I cannot sum up in words how proud I am and how my teachers have changed my life. You can truly achieve anything you set your mind to! “

Since the age of 5, Mushy’s speech has been completely affected by his severe stuttering, which started after he suffered a severe asthma attack.

Speaking to The Mirror in 2016, he said: “I remember passing out and being taken to the hospital.

Musharaf Asghar (Mushy) in ‘Yorkshire Education’

Musharaf Asghar


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“Doctors say people who stutter can be psychological. I think that might be the shock of the attack.”

Young Mushy was distraught that the words would be no more. “I remember I was crying, my mother was trying to calm me down,” he said.

At home his parents – his father is a taxi driver who owns a restaurant – and his four siblings are all patient, but at school he has entered a long, isolated tunnel.

“I was having a hard time,” he shrugged. “It is very difficult to make friends. The kids didn’t want to linger long enough to hear me speak.

“I was left alone.”

Mr. Mathew Burton and student Musharraf Asghar


Simon Ashton / Daily Mirror)

To scare away bullies, he tried humor. “I tried to be the class clown, I took Mickey out of myself,” he said.

“But the bullies still target him.” I’m used to people copying me,” he said.

“The kids call me DJ – they say ‘I don’t need any equipment’.

“It’s pretty funny now,” he said, “but at the time it was hard to hear.”

He said, Yorkshire’s education, lighting up, changed his life.

“I can’t thank them enough, for giving a boy like me a chance,” he said, articulately. Passion seems to make him more eloquent.

“I feel free standing there speaking, I always try to speak up, ask questions, give my opinion, and in that hall I can show people who I really am. ”

After school, Mushy went to college for a BTec degree in science, and completed a course to help him stutter more.

But although his speech improved, the girls still didn’t go and he went to First Dates to try and find love – with Mr Burton there to offer some support.

Mr. Burton was there to give him some last minute advice

“As soon as I sat at the bar, I suddenly realized where I was!” laugh Mushy.

“And how am I going to deal with it? I was too worried.

“And having Mr. Burton there is a bit awkward. I’d rather be anywhere else.”

Salina admirably meets her with his former teacher. She herself is quite worried.

“I’m really awkward and shy, this is a big step forward,” she said.

And luckily, she sympathizes with Mushy, who falls silent in the cave as he fights to curb his stutter.

Mushy said: “When Salina came, I really liked her, I thought she was attractive, and so it was difficult to speak up.

“But I could see how hard it was for her to open up and so I did my best to make sure she was okay.

“It was weird sitting there with the camera, but she was really good at making eye contact, which I know is hard for people.

“She was very patient. So we did well and in the end we were the last ones in the restaurant.”

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