Today I’d like to take a moment to talk about the term of a speech disorder, or stuttering, and the term disability. Is stuttering a disability? This was the topic of a podcast that I listened to earlier this week. The Stuttering is Cool podcast is produced and hosted by my friend Daniele Rossi, from Canada. The question “is stuttering a disability?” was the topic of this week’s episode of the Stuttering is Cool podcast.
I was born three and a third months premature with a lot of medical and developmental problems that I had to endure. As a result, I have learning disabilities (LD) and a speech disorder. Today we’re not going to go in depth on LD, but rather the speech disorder. Often times, a speech disorder is referred to as stuttering. In speaking it is hard to be able to get sounds and words out or even stumbling over words is a challenge. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a speech disorder is “when a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with his or her voice.”
Whenever I am talking to someone, or even in class, and am struggling to produce sounds and on words, it can be a challenge. Sometimes it’s frustrating when trying to communicate. You hear other people around you who are talking just fine without stammering over their words. I don’t let this stammer get me down. I’ve actually come to recognize that this speech disorder is a part of who I am. In everyday life, whether I’m communicating with my family, friends, on podcasts, or public speaking and I stumble over words, I don’t let that hold me back. Even with this challenge that I endure, it’s not something to struggle over. Yes, it’s a struggle to get words out or to stumble over sounds, but with a little bit of patience, the words will come.
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