Stuttering: A day in the life of me

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chelsea yja mljaEver since I’ve been at school I have stuttered (stuttering is where you can’t get a word out).  I’ve found it frustrating and I do get really angry at times.

People always finish my sentences and it’s quite annoying. I know people want to ask me questions about my stuttering so now I’m going to finally answer them.

Q. “How hard is it to stop your stuttering?” 

Well, once a week I have a special speech therapist who helps me by doing special speech exercises.

Q. “Is your stutter worse at other times?” 

Well I get worse at holiday periods and it gets worse when I’m nervous and under pressure.

Q. “Are there any words that are really tricky?”

I’m kind of bad at my b’s and g’s a bit and find s really tricky.

Q. “What technique to help is best for you?”

Slowing down and sometimes if I sing.

Q. “How do you feel people ask or say things about your stutter?”

I get upset but then know that everyone is different. I don’t mind talking about it but I get sad and angry when people make fun of me. Nobody is perfect! What is perfect anyone and who wants to be perfect anyone. If everyone was the same it would be boring and very weird.

People were quite nasty about it and copied my stutter and it was really upsetting. I often got called names that I eventually moved to another nicer school (this one!) and the teachers really helped. I also met three wonderful friends who have helped me with my stutter. I want to say a big thank you to Holly, Harriet and Layla, who are big helps and super friends.

stutter yjaI recommend that if you have a stutter you should get your friends to help you as it really makes a big difference, trust me!

I have tried lots of different methods like having a stone in my pocket which has helped me to remember to do ‘magic breathing’ (breathing in and pushing the word out). I also listen to music but personally I felt awkward because people were staring at me.

I am really inventive and VERY talkative. My mum didn’t really know I had a stutter and knew nothing about it until she met my speech therapist. I was not stuttering as much at my house and my mum has really been a big help and I thank her for that.

If you have a stutter your parents are a really big help and are there to support you. If you are being bullied because you have a stutter just remember you are not alone and tell someone at home or at school about it. I hope you found this article useful and helpful.

By Chelsea

Manor Leas Junior Academy

22 Responses to Stuttering: A day in the life of me

  1. matt January 31, 2016 at 10:02 am

    What a wonderful article to read with my Sunday breakfast and cup of tea Chelsea. Very insightful and informative.
    I hope your speech therapy continues to help you, fascinating to read what different techniques you use.
    YJA Co-Editor

  2. admin January 31, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you for having the courage to share your story, Chelsea.

    When I was a teenager, my best friend had an obvious stutter. He always made light of it though and it certainly didn’t impact on his life -in fact he reached a very senior position in Barclays Bank and in his retirement is now a part-time tour guide!

    YJA Senior Editor

  3. chelsea😆😎😝😠😌😊😃😁😉 January 31, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you 😊 I’ve been checking the website five times each day

  4. Joe Farley January 31, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Chelsea it is an amazing article

  5. Mrs Lockwood January 31, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Incredibly proud of you Chelsea for sharing this very personal article with YJA. You’re an inspiration to other young people who stutter. I think you’re definitely a budding journalist. 😀

  6. bridget January 31, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    am so very proud of you sweet heart love you very much xxxxxxxx

  7. admin January 31, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    You worked incredibly hard to get this article produced Chelsea and it will mean a lot to other young people that have a stutter and also provide important information to those that have friends who stutter.

    YJA Managing Editor

  8. Chelsea's mum February 1, 2016 at 8:45 am

    What a lovely article, I am very proud of you. You are such an amazing talented special girl who surprises me everyday. I hope you go onto to help many other people who need it 😃 . Love mummy xxxx

  9. Sarah Smith February 1, 2016 at 9:38 am

    What a wonderful personal article. I know lots of children in our school who also have challenges with speech. I think it is great that you have been able to explain it from your perspective to help others understand.

  10. Victoria Buckley February 1, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    This is Kingfisher Class from Cottesmore Millfield Academy.

    We would like to say well done for being so brave and sharing your story. It was a great article and very informative, a lot of our class did not know what a stutter was before reading this. We hope that we can be as brave as you if we are ever faced with a personal issue that we have had to overcome in the future.

    Kingfisher Class 🙂

  11. Nicole Y6 YJA @MLJA February 1, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Wow Chelsea your such a good BFF and I’m so proud of you. Also, great article.

  12. Mrs McFaul February 1, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Fantastic Chelsea! We are so lucky to have you in our class!

  13. Mrs Tyas February 3, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Well down Chelsea for having the courage to write this amazing inspirational article. We are very proud of you in Year 6!

  14. Francine February 4, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Chelsea, I’m so proud of you. You have told your story beautifully and it will be such a help to other children. Well done. xxx

  15. Mr Greenwood February 4, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Well done Chelsea, this is an amazing article! I am so proud of you, what an excellent Manor Leas student!

    Mr Greenwood

  16. chelsea February 5, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for the replies, I really appreciate them. 😊😃

  17. Jade February 5, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Oh Chelsea I am the proudest godmother right now….you are so brave and wise! Well done sweetheart for helping others xxx

  18. Tia-summer February 9, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Well done Chelsea having the courage to tell everyone 😀😀😀

  19. yasmina February 10, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Great article Chelsea! it’s so nice that you feel you can share this with everyone. You should be really proud of yourself Chelsea, this is such an inspiring article. well done 🙂

  20. Leza February 12, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Well said Chelsea, I hope that you continue being the confident young lady you have become since writing this article, your right how boring and weird life would be if we were all the same. Like you say Chelsea ‘own it girl ‘ it’s quirky and makes you the fine young lady you are today. 💖

  21. Jess H March 1, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Wow Chelsea, I literally just heard about it and decided to read it. I’ve got to say, I learned alot of things that I never knew about. Well done!!! 😺

  22. Alicia Byrne March 7, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Hi chelsea, I am so happy for you. Just remember I am always here for you. You have written an amazing inspirational story. I wish other people new you have been through all this so they understand how hard and frustrating it can be for you and others who have stutter. sooooo proud of you chelsea!! keep it up xx