Stuttering is a speech impediment caused by stress and anxiety which usually begins during the person’s developmental stages. Many adults and children are suffering from stuttering and other speech impediments as a result of them not being addressed in the early stages of growth.
As a person grows, stuttering can become more and more of a block between communicating with others. If a person who stutters is not communicating with others who have empathy for their struggle it can be embarrassing for the stuttered, especially for children. In these situations, it is best to prepare children to understand that being different doesn’t have to be a negative thing. It is okay to have shortcomings and work on them despite what others say.
Dealing with stuttering on a daily basis.
Simple tasks that people perform can be very difficult hurdles to overcome for children and adults who stutter. It can be frustrating for the person who stutters to try to complete time sensitive tasks, especially those that require speaking quickly. For example, dealing with automated responses on the phone, giving directions to people asking for them or ordering a meal from a restaurant or fast food joint can all contribute to stress for the stuttering child or adult.
Difficulties fitting in.
Unfortunately, people who deal with stuttering can face criticism from others. Society can be very cruel and for children their experiences can be traumatic. Due to other person’s inability to understand the stuttering person, it can result in people becoming irritated and even rude. People tend to steer away from those who stutter for many reasons. In some instances they do not know how to communicate with the person. Other times they feel embarrassed for the stuttering person. Sometimes in the case of children they can be bullied mercilessly. It is important as a parent to develop the child’s inner self-esteem as much as possible. Let the child know that everyone has something about themselves that is less than perfect or deemed “normal” and that it is these differences that make us all unique.
Adults who stutter can also face exile from other adults in a work situation. Many people do not have the patience to interact with adults who stutter. Others do not have the understanding. This could result in the stuttering adult avoiding crowds or social situations to avoid such rejection.
Since you cannot change anyone but yourself, it is important for those who stutter to find the self-esteem to know that they are no different from anyone else except for the magnificence of their own personality. Even finding humor in the condition can go a long way to coping with it and even helping others to cope with it. There’s nothing better than loving yourself enough to allow your personality to shine through despite what shortcomings you feel you might have.
Source: PubMed Health