We were touched by the stories we read on LaTrobe University’s iStutter website. One story in particular caught our attention. Laurence, a thirteen-year old stutterer, wrote about how he was often embarrassed and frustrated when giving in-class presentations or even talking to his friends. His parents sent him to intensive speech therapy, where he gained greater fluency by talking to strangers and learning techniques to form more natural speech sounds.
Laurence writes of his speech therapy experience, “This is the story of how I survived with my stuttering. Everyday is still a challenge. Everyday I still have to try hard at my speaking techniques. I can still stutter. It will never go away. I am still vulnerable to scary speaking situations. But I know how to control it. It will never again control me.”