SLP Newbie

Hi! My name is Anna Niedermier and I’m a freshman majoring in Speech-Language Pathology. I have a few questions to ask so I can get some insight on stuttering. First, did you find speech therapy helpful? How much did it impact your stuttering? Have you gotten more fluent as you grew older? Lastly, do you remember when you first began to stutter? What was it like the first noticeable time? 

Thank you so much for your time! – Anna N

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SLP Newbie — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Anna,

    I have started stuttering from the age of 3, I have first time noticed my stuttering when i was in class 1st. As soon as I was growing, I didn’t really found much hurdle reason being is when you are child, you are not bothering much about yourself and when you grown, you started things emotionally then you find things are not good and its awful so when you become teen and you come in college that was the time for me was full of struggle and feeling like stuttering is making me worst and i have no future at all.

    but then I found one self help organization for stuttering and I gradually feel acceptance is the power because earlier during my college days I joined speech therapist and it improved my stuttering but within clinic or within safe areas then i realized and got the info from that stuttering organization – if we accept ourselves, if we self advertise ourself infront of people then it will give power to us to no more feel shame, guilt or any other negativity while stammering and hence day by day. I am improving personality wise and as right now I am 31 year old, I would say i helped around 1000+ people who stammer and give them a path of acceptance and redefining stuttering.

    so overall I would say everywhere speech therapist should take “acceptance” as a path and lesson to teach because ACCEPTANCE + Speech therapist is the right way to improve stuttering.


  2. Hi Anna

    Stuttering was such a taboo, therapy was never a possibility. And today I’m happy where I am, so not seeking therapy. How it would impact my stuttering would depend on the therapy and the therapists. Because we’re all different and need different things and it’s important that the therapist and the client are a match, with mutual respect and understanding, adding the knowledge and experiences of both.

    My fluency goes up and down, depending on where I am in life. Age helps me to no longer care, which give me greater fluency, but some situations make me stutter more, even for longer periods.

    I remember that my parents started to comment on my stuttering when I was nine, when we moved from a city to a village with a very distinct dialect. I was told not to stop trying to get attention through stuttering. I quickly learned what I did was wrong, my fault and my responsibility to get rid of it to make people happy and to stop the bullying. More to be read in my paper in this year’s conference.

    Stay safe and keep asking 🙂

    Anita Blom

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