A good day to you dear friends.
Today while conversing with my office colleague’s one of them cornered me and asked a question. He was quite careful in his approach as it seemed it might trigger some uneasiness in me, his 2 year old baby who started speaking very early and speak single alphabets or words brilliantly is finding it difficult to speak on the first syllable of word of a sentence. He is taking more time and using fillers like ummm ahhhh while speaking the first word of the sentence. So he wanted me to advice him how he can help his child. I advised him not to worry as mostly all children’s start stuttering initially. Most of them recover themselves without any professional and parental help when there speech motor matured fully and some need professional help like SLP and parent guidance to come out of it and the remaining like me stutter till their adulthood and it remains all their life. With some more suggestions, I mailed him a book named “The Child who stutters – To the pediatrician” that is available on TISA book archival. He thanked me in return I hope and pray to god that his child will come out of it.
Similarly an another incidence.. a few weeks ago I have been transferred in another department, although my new boss is a happy kind of person.. but he is tall, has good personality and he speak so fast (and all these traits interrupt my speech even more..dont know why..:( )..on our first interaction I stutter a lot while matching his fast speech..it was really embarrassing for me to have a horrible first interaction ..after that I was repeatedly thinking about that incident and all the times thinking about that incident pissed me off, it changes my behavior at home and office and I was gone into depression because for next 3 to 4 meetings I stutter severally with the new boss. I thought it will be better not to complicate it more, I told my boss .. I have a speech problem and with you i stutter even more because of your fast speech… sorry I can’t help it..he admit too that he speak very fast as he himself told by his friends..he told that he had a colleague who also stutter too..and he advice me to speak slowly…and told me my stuttering is not an issue for him..I still stutter with him but without any inner fear.
I have many more such experiences but the crux of all is same…may be exposing your stutter can help guide/make the life of many kids who just start stuttering.
I hope some of you guys must have also experienced similar situations. Share them on blog and encourage others to not hide from stuttering.
Thanks you for reading it..God bless you all my friends.