|About the Author: Cadi is a bilingual (Welsh and English) 14 year old and from Cardiff in Wales, UK. She enjoys reading and is a huge Harry Potter and Dr Who fan. She is very musical and plays piano and flute to a good standard; she is a member of the county High Schools’ Orchestra. Cadi has stammered since learning to speak, but she doesn’t let this stop her from sharing her ideas and even public speaking. In September 2018 she was on Welsh ITV television news talking about living with Coeliac Disease. Her favourite subjects in school are Music, Drama and Art and she is thinking of a career making costumes and sets for theatre or TV productions.|
Last year I attended an intensive therapy course at the Michael Palin Centre and I am extremely grateful to everyone there who helped me with my stammer. Although I still stammer, I feel more confident talking about it to other people. I’ve learned what happens in the brain when I stammer, why I stammer and the different reasons why people stammer.
The picture that my parents and I drew is split into two: before and after the course. Previously that year, everyone on the course went on a circus day and we did various activities including the trapeze. My parents and I used this image in our picture, because before trying the trapeze, I was really nervous but after the first few times, I grew more and more confident. As you can see, at the top of the picture, is me (Cadi) standing quite nervous, not sure whether to go or not. Next to me are Kevin and Daisy, therapists from the MPC and they are helping me feel more confident and telling me that there is nothing to be afraid of. And if I do fall (which is if I stammer when I talk) the net (which is made of my fluency skills) is there to help me. Jane and Marie are helping my Mum and Dad not to worry.
The second picture is of me swinging freely and not worrying. My Mum is taking a photo of me (as she often does). This is a perfect analogy of the course. Although I still stumble very often, I don’t worry as much about my stammer.
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