About the Author:
My name is Willemijn, I am 22 and I am from the Netherlands. I am a person who stutters and I have been very active in the stuttering community since 2018. Being around people who stutter from all over the world has helped me to grow as a person and become more open and confident. It also inspired me to make art and share about my life as a person who stutters, to support others and spread awareness.
I don’t want to hear how I should become fluent on Stuttering Awareness Day.
I hear plenty of that on all the other days of the year.
This is our day.
I don’t want to hear about a special speech technique or new way to fix my speech.
I can speak fluently when I’m on my own, I don’t need speech techniques to know how to speak.
A big reason why I stutter when I am speaking is because I feel pressured to speak fluently.
And having to hear how I should become fluent on Stuttering Awareness Day, fuels exactly that.
Of course, I would prefer to be more fluent as well. It sucks sometimes. But hearing that I should be more fluent on Stuttering Awareness Day, that my speech is a problem that needs to be fixed, and that I will not achieve my dreams if I don’t fix my stutter, is definitely not helping.
It’s called International Stuttering Awareness Day. I want to hear the beautiful sounds of our differences.
I want to hear us.
a person who stutters.
Note: this is about the ‘magic cure’ therapies that use Stuttering Awareness Day to shame us into going to their therapy. It is not directed at the kind, passionate speech therapists or speech therapy in general. I appreciate you!
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