Stuttering & Stammering
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As I have a stammer, this is something I can write about with ease. Although it may be a subject not directly to do with health and wellbeing, it is written through personal experience and I hope touches on some of the fears which we have.
The first recollection of having a stammer was when I started at Secondary School at the age of eleven.
What started it could be a few things. My father had a stammer, so this would obviously be noticed by me and I could have 'naturally inherited' it.
There could be something in the latter theory. More people proportionately seem to be left handed nowadays, so did our parents, even we ourselves, always give baby the spoon in the right hand etc. It's worth considering, but not proven.
Another thing about my stammer which intriques a lot of people is that it tends to be worst when I'm talking one to one.
Only recently I attended a Fire Training Course and sure as sure is, the Trainer asked us all to introduce ourselves. The same fears and the same result took over again, exactly the same as it did some 48 years ago.
It was only suggested to me that I took lessons when I was about 19. I saw my Doctor and rather than sending me to Speech Elocution, he sent me to a Psychologist!
Sometimes it's a nuisance, especially when I have to make a phonecall, even to family and even more so if it's someone I don't know.
I've learnt to take the very occasional mickey taking and the odd smile or laughter from others doesn't go un-noticed, but to be honest I don't care.
I've also learnt to make fun of myself. "I can do a 45 minute slot if you like. Anyone else would take 20, but it'll fill up the time better" etc.
Of course I'd rather not have one, wished it were sorted at an early age, but having one has had it's advantages which I go into more on other pages.
I won't pretend it was always easy at School. All the more reason to get help for young people before they get the complex's.
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