Growth Through Speaking – Vikesh Anand

About the Author: V-v-vikesh is just the way my name usually comes out. I don’t have fear or anxiety; stuttering is just the way I’m wired. I manage technology at a primary school in Brisbane, Australia where I have resided for almost seven years before moving across the pond from Toronto, Canada and prior to that New Jersey in the U.S.  I’m also the National President of the Australian Speak Easy Association, Australia’s peak body supporting people who stutter.  My global experience has allowed me to explore stuttering through different cultures and continents.

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Growth Through Speaking – Vikesh Anand — 7 Comments

  1. I think your messages are beginning to gel into an excellent coherency for people who stutter. I’m looking forward to see where they ultimately end up 🙂

  2. I really enjoyed this, Vikesh! As I get older, I find it so much easier to watch and listen to a video rather than reading long articles. Here, you talk about all of the potential there really is to grow from speaking. I especially like the bit about you can grow by getting out of your comfort zone and seize speaking opportunities. You also said that we who stutter should try and speak even (especially) in those situations where we uncomfortable.

    You said that one of the last groups you finally opened up to was work colleagues. Why do you think opening up about stuttering was uncomfortable? And are you fairly open and transparent now in the workplace?


  3. Hello Vikesh,

    Thank you for sharing. I liked your point about getting out of your comfort zone to speak about stuttering and to educate others about stuttering. Education is so important when considering that so many people have very limited knowledge or they are misinformed about stuttering. As a Speech Language Pathology graduate student, your post sparked several questions regarding treatment for fluency disorders. What advice do you have for Speech Language Pathologists to help their clients move out of their comfort zone to begin talking more openly about their stutter? What is something you wish a speech therapist and/or parent would have told you about stuttering when you were a child?

    Thank you!


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