Today, Vibhor came with his father, for the second time- at regular time: 4 pm, Sunday, in Anugrah meeting hall. Vibhor is about 14 yrs. Studies in a local school and is at that stage in life, when negative responses from colleagues, parents, teachers and strangers are just beginning to get under his skin. He wants to change the way he talks- but every now and then, he starts laughing or gets side-tracked. Have you seen children, crying for a while and then, suddenly burst out laughing, seeing something or the other? It is difficult to work with children- but they certainly need help. This is time when they are developing sense and values of the world around them.
We enrolled the father too in the game: You can stutter in two ways: like Vibhor or Like Sharrukh. Which one would you prefer and why? This is how we introduce the child to “easy forward moving stutter”, with better eye contact etc. Emphasis is on making him understand that we are not asking him to STOP stuttering. No way. In fact we are encouraging it.
Interestingly, father too has a fast way of talking which masks stammering. And he never accepts it in the presence of his son.. I hope to change attitudes of both father and son, someday soon, God willing…
- Sunday January 20th 2019“Let’s all be masters of our mouths, so that we won’t be slaves of our words. … more
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