My name is Ravi Kant Sharma & I’m a person who stammers (PWS). I have been stammering since I was 12 years of age. Actually I exactly don’t remember when I started my stammering but my family members sometime tells me that I was a normal speaker upto age 10.
Today I’m nearly 23 & I’ve have been stammering upto now. Meanwhile in these 10-12 years I had tried many things. I ate a lot of almond, visited many holy places & like all other PWS I tried many Speech Therapies.
First Speech Therapy that I took was when I was in 9th Std. I with my 2 brothers went to an ENT specialist in Jaipur. She tested my Speech Organs and told me that there is no problem with my speech organs and referred me to a 2-3 day speech therapy course. I was told to read aloud. It worked but temporarily.
Second time I took speech therapy was when I passed 12th std. This time the man was actally not a speech therapist but a graduate in some course related to stammering. During this period I noticed a strange thing- I was speaking well inside that clinic premises but the moment I came out I again start stammering. It confused me.
Again third time I went to a Speech Therapist but I didn’t took speech therapy as I was busy with my college.
Fourth time I again went to a Speech Therapist in Delhi after I passed my college and when he opened his mouth for fee our mouth remained opened. He was charging more than Rs 50K.
But being a stubborn I again went to a Speech Therapist in Jaipur. He charged a lot but it was affordable. This time I decided to improve my Speech and I practised for many hours a day but that Therapist told us not to talk of Stammering as if it were a curse. Again after 6-7 months I was at the same point from where I started.
So here the question arises “Is Speech Therapy Really a CURE”. I guess the answer is neither NO nor YES. To some it may have proved useful but in my case it didn’t. The reason I think is that Speech Therapy doesn’t deal with emotional & psychological aspect.
I came in contact with TISA a year ago. I have no idea of future but what I learned from TISA is “This Self Is To Be Realised Through Self-Effort”
Ravi Kant Sharma