Angelica Bernabe is a psychologist and a person who stutters from Peru. Her interests include studying how to improve stuttering treatment and the importance of involving more than speech techniques. Also, she is keen on stuttering and co-occurrence conditions. Since 2018, is the director of a peruvian specialized center for stuttering dedicated to provide training for professionals and treatment for kids, teenagers and adults who stutter. Now she is looking forward to studying a master degree abroad in Speech and Language Pathology.
Hundreds of surveys have shown the adverse impact a person who stutter can experience. In a world that doesn’t understand our way to talk, many of us are discriminated, teased and ignored, which could result in low self-esteem, negative self-concept and many others, negative personal reactions.
Studying the negative impact gives us a better understanding of what a person who stutter is going through. In that regard, we develop more ways to help them to cope with any challenging situation. That’s perfect, and we still need to know more about that. However, what about the positive impact? Does it exist?
A few days ago I was talking with friends who stutter and we agreed with the idea that stuttering gave us many good things. So, why don’t we shared them here? Let’s start!
Do you have a condition? It is OK! We have one as well (or two!). We understand what it is living with a condition and we know life is not always easy and fair, so we can understand you and support you. I’ve never met a person who stutters who wasn’t able to help someone. In fact, there are several support groups around the world created for people who stutter just to help others. Just to listen and help!
We know what it is like living around people who finish our sentences and go away while we are talking. We really know the importance of listening to others and to pay attention because that’s what we always want to. If you want to talk to us, we can listen to you without any judgement.
We understand that stuttering (or any other thing) doesn’t have to hold us back. We know what is to try and don’t give up on achieving our goals. Once we overcome all the fears, we would be ready to face any situation. And what if the result wasn’t the expected one? It is ok, we know what is to try again!
I have to say this one is my favorite. We are so glad to meet people who stutter just like us and be part of an amazing and supportive community. Also, it is wonderful to see many speech and language pathologists that, for different reasons, became passionate for this subject and are putting all their efforts to create a better world for us. Their empathy and sensibility is stunning. It is crazy how much we can learn from them and how lucky we are for that.
Of course, I’m not saying that being a person who stutters is easy and I know accepting ourselves is not a one-day-process. Also, I’m definitely not saying that we are “better” than others. What I really mean is there are more consequences than just the negatives ones. I strongly believe that we need to go further into this topic and, as you can imagine, this is not that simple: if we don’t have a deep understanding of what stuttering really means, it is quite easy to fall into the trap and confuse acceptance and resignation.
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