Dad, I could really do with your help. What is the matter Steve? Well as you know I have a speech impediment, a stutter. It is really starting to affect my life now that I am starting to socialise a lot more. You may find this difficult to believe but I even find it hard to order a drink at a bar; especially if any of the drinks begin with a letter “b” such as Budweiser. Steve I can see your pain and it makes me hurt inside; I will do anything to help you; you know that.
The above was the start of a long conversation that I had with my father when I was aged 17. I had just started to go out a lot of more; the freedom of having money; being able to get served alcohol at bars and also having additional freedom from my parents meant it was party time, well at least it should have been. For me it was not as simple as that due the fact that I had a stuttering problem, an impediment that had been affecting my life since the age of four.
Yes I had tried to overcome the speech impediment but as with many other people I found speech and language therapy did not only not work it was also extremely frustrating. The speech therapists themselves were absolutely clueless as to what it was like to have a stammer or stutter.
My dad was a complete rock as were the rest of my family to come to think of it. They would have done anything to help their son to achieve fluency. With their help and with the help of my then girlfriend I did eventually manage to stop stuttering when I was aged 22. I now run The How to Stop Stuttering Centre where I help other people to achieve fluency.
I have helped many people over the last fourteen years and look forward to helping many more people in the future.