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MikeMike Screen addict 🎮LondonPosts: 3,015 Community Manager
It's International Stammering Awareness Day, and stamma.org have a bunch of things planned. They have information on support for stammering, as well as a webinar planned later today.

In the spirit of awareness, I'm curious how many people here stammer? And if you do stammer, what's your experience of it? Both in terms of the stammer itself and mental health/social stuff.

I've stammered basically since I could talk and I get good days and bad days, usually linked to things like stress levels and tiredness. It used to cause me anxiety as a wee boi, but not as much now. :)
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  • Millie2787Millie2787 🐶 💜 Posts: 3,670 Community Veteran
    Oh wow I didn’t know it was today :) 

    I used to stammer a lot when I was younger and I went through a lot of speech and language and I was teased a lot for it in primary school .  I struggled to get through my English Speaking exam and managed to just scrape through. Since I moved to college it’s meant that I don’t really speak in class and I haven’t made much friends despite being there for 3 years now :/

    For me now it’s more when I’m anxious that it can become more noticeable which as you can imagine right now it’s pretty prominent. So I’ve kind of avoided speaking but I found if I speak fast I tend to avoid stammering but then I get all out of breathe so it doesn’t really work  :# but I do find if it’s with people I’m comfortable with I don’t think it’s as noticeable 
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  • ThatFelixGuyThatFelixGuy Always Look Up. Optimism > PesimismPosts: 237 Trailblazer
    I have never had a stammer, but my best friend had a stammer and a lisp. Both are reallly getting better, especially his lisp. Some days his stammer canbe really bad - especially when he is concerned about something or someone.

    On the most part he is super cool with it tho and he is still living his life to the best :) 

    Everyone with a stammer - you rock!
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  • AidanAidan Clever idiot Posts: 2,720 Boards Champion
    I used to have a stutter round about primary school age, I was quite lucky though to have a solid group of mates who I could laugh about it with.

    Then eventually I stopped stutering in the conventional sense, in my old age adulthood it's translated into misnaming (calling the dog me mam's name, or me mam the dog's name!) or repeating the word I've just said a few times until the next word I was supposed to say pops into me head :lol:
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  • LaineLaine Animal crossing Mama On a break 💕Posts: 2,496 Boards Champion
    Never had a stammer myself I think I just suffer with the name mixing up like Aidan and adding too uhs to the sentence 😂

    My best friend from college has one when it came to the letter s. She will be stuck on it for a while. I know she hated when people would finish the word for her rightly so. She didn't have much trouble with it aside from school years :)

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  • MaisyMaisy The Mix convert CymruPosts: 316 Moderator
    I didn't realise there was an international stammering awareness day! 

    I don't stammer and don't know anyone in my life who does (though I have cousins who had speech and language therapy when they were younger). That said, when I'm very anxious, I do struggle to verbally communicate (can only get a few words out or words that don't seem to make sense) so I can empathise a little. 

    It's cool there is awareness for stammering :) 
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