About the authors (in order of appearance):
|Gouri Laher: I am a mother of two young children and a holistic therapist. I started stammering at age 5 and remember my teacher laughing after I couldn’t say my name. From that point onwards I hid my stammer- everywhere I went I carried the huge burden of this secret.
Once in university I sought NHS speech therapy. Although the burden was lifting, the stammer did not go away and I had huge trouble accepting it throughout my career as a scientist.
My own breakthrough came after using hypnotherapy and meditation, both of which allowed my self-acceptance and confidence to develop.
|Pat Stannett: Hi my name is Pat and I’m from Bradford West Yorkshire. I’m 53 years old and I have stammered since I was 5 years old. I have 3 children and 9 grandchildren. I live with my partner Nigel. I work 40 hours a week in a warehouse. I enjoy singing at the weekend at my local pub because when I sing my stammer disappears.
|Amey Herrin: I’m Amey Herrin from the United States. I have a degree in Psychology, Urban Education, and am currently staying at home raising my daughter.
I spent the majority of my life shamed by, and attempting to hide, my speech. Through stuttering education, and expose to other people who stutter, I came to realize, and appreciate, the freedom of just being myself and stuttering.
I’ve spent the last 13 years as a stuttering advocate and educator. I’m continually looking for new ways to help other people who stutter, just as others have helped me.
|Christine Simpson: I’m Christine Simpson from London UK. I have worked all my life in libraries, both on the front desk and as a manager and I try not to let my sometimes severe stammer stop me. I live with my partnerAllan in London and I now work at City Lit, an adult education college which has an excellent speech therapy department with an international reputation. I’m a feminist and my special interest is running workshops for women who stammer at national conferences and ISAD’s world congresses.
This video has been made by 4 women (in order of appearance) Gouri Laher, Pat Stannett, Amey Herrin and Christine Simpson, who are members of and regularly contribute to the Women Who Stammer (WWS) Facebook group. We talk about our experience as WWS, of using this group and the support we have had from it. It was put together by Christine Simpson with technical support from Luke Mullender.
About the group – This group is exclusively for women who stammer, started by Sheila Denny last year. If you aren’t a woman who stammers we direct you to other Facebook groups which may be suitable. The group is a closed group, so only group members can see your posts. This gives WWS a safe space to share their experiences and feelings and it has proved very popular. If you want to join you have to be on Facebook, find the group Women who Stammer and click Join Group. You then get a message on Facebook when you are accepted.
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