Inside Stuttering: From People Who Stutter to People Who Don’t
Now is the right time to share what stuttering is all about. With electronic communication, it is so easy to learn, share and connect with others who stutter. Also, it is very easy for those who don’t stutter, to learn about this rare condition directly from a person who does.
The community for people who stutter is alive and growing rapidly. People who stutter are comfortable sharing with each other and also with the world.
There are so many ways for fluent people to learn about stuttering, There are movies, videos, social media pages, websites and you tube segments.
People who stutter are typically very open to talking about their stuttering.
When this happens, both the speaker and the listener benefit. Both people feel a decrease in anxiety when communicating, are open to sharing factual information about stuttering and enjoy the new social connection.
Conversations are so easy when the person who stutters knows that the listener has an understanding of stuttering.
What It’s Like To Be A Fluent Person Who Understands Stuttering
All humans want to be heard and valued. In a conversation, when fluent people have an introduction to the condition of stuttering, they understand and respond appropriately to it. People who stutter then, are free to have real conversations, make connections, say what they want, ask for information and move forward in life.
When a person who stutters is judged, bullied or ridiculed, it is an emotional ‘slap in the face’. People who stutter just continue to move on, but not without adding that emotional insult to the many they have already accumulated.
So when fluent people ‘get’ what is happening when you talk, then stuttering is no longer an issue.
How are fluent people informed about stuttering?
Taking a look inside…
- The King’s Speech – The Movie
This Oscar award winning movie describes King George VI of Britain and his life with stuttering. This could be the first time that a fluent people is exposed to stuttering. This movie shows the complexity and severity of stuttering. They see how it encumbers and impedes, even the simple things, that we say. As fluent people, you take speech for granted. You don’t have to think about talking. It’s automatic. With stuttering, though, even something really simple, like saying your name, can be impossible.
In this movie, you can get inside the mind, thoughts and emotions of King George. You’ll experience the difficulties and gain a new respect for people who stutter.
If you missed The King’s Speech, it’s on Netflix. If you have seen it, take another look and notice your new perspective.
- The Internet Is a Maze of Connections
There is a plethora of ways to connect through social media. It’s so simple for people who stutter to join communities with like-minded people. Some people who stutter say that they’re surprised at how many others share their problem.
In these communities, they can:
- share what stuttering is like for each other and how they manage everyday speaking;
- talk about careers, successes and accomplishments in spite of stuttering;
- in a judgment-free place, share insights, feelings and failures;
- record live videos about any subject – a daunting task for most anyone;
- share helpful tips and techniques that help toward fluency;
- most importantly inspire, support, understand and value each other.
Does this sound like a community that you would like to be part of?
Oh, and by the way, whether these places are websites, FaceBook pages, You Tube channels, etc., people who don’t stutter are welcome to join.
Your Introduction To The World of Stuttering – Quick and Easy Ways to Learn More.
The following suggestions will connect you to what it is like to stutter. These are selected as a start – there are many!
Notice the courage, tenacity and brilliance of these people who stutter.
This FaceBook page has almost 8,000 members. It is very active with frequent “liking, sharing and commenting”. It is a closed group but registration is open to anyone who is interested in the topic of stuttering.
Matice Ahnjamine – Stuttering and Reading Aloud
Matice is a well educated professional. She shares different aspects about stuttering and her perspective of stuttering in her life. As she talks casually, you’ll be engaged, in spite of her stutter.
Megan Washington – The Thing Is, I Stutter
Megan is one of Australia’s premier singer/songwriters and in this surprising talk Megan reveals her secret problem. Since childhood, Megan has been afflicted with a stutter which has hampered her ability to communicate. Except when she sings.
And on your next connection with a person who stutters, you’ll easily let them know that you understand.
Linda Hurkot, MSLP, RSLP, SLP(C)
Founder of Easy Speaking For Stutterers, Wealthy Woman Warrior™ Communication Ambassador