Closet Stutterer Finally Comes Out - PresenceLearning

We recently came across a blog about Sophie, a woman who has tried to conceal her stutter for years. We were moved by the honesty and expressiveness of her voice. For instance, this is an excerpt from her blog entry for June 25, 2007:

“The thought of opening my mouth to speak without first analyzing whether I’ll stutter was just too scary to contemplate. My immediate reaction was ‘I can’t do that. I might stutter!’

But, wait a minute. That’s what I’ve been wishing for: To do away with all the analyzing and to just talk, without worrying about how the words come out.”

In her final post, Sophie attempts to follow Paul Brocklehurst’s advice in an article for the British Stammering Association that urges people to focus on making their speech “flow” rather than making each individual word come out smoothly:

“So, for the past few days, I’ve experimented with focusing on the overall flow of my speech instead of the individual words, with the goal being to keep going, no matter what, without getting hung up on any bumps that happen along the way.

And I’ve found that focusing solely on getting through the words without any concern for how each word comes out, pushes me to just go ahead and talk—something I’ve been trying to get myself to do for seven years.”

We wish her the best of luck in her endeavors.

  • Stuttering kids taste stardom at arts camp (msnbc.msn.com)
  • Stuttering: Most children outgrow it. (informationonhealth.blogspot.com)
  • ‘I don’t think the stammer is my main feature’ (guardian.co.uk)
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