How having a stutter affected my life

Written by Stephen Hill

Author Stephen Hill from The How To Stop Stammering Centre

How having a stutter affected my life

Atrepparttar age of five I attended speech therapy forrepparttar 145783 first time. When we arrived I was shown to a little children’s play area while my parents talked torepparttar 145784 Speech Therapist, a man in his forties. I was unsure as to where we were and was listening carefully torepparttar 145785 conversation. It soon became clear that they were talking about my speech, he must be a speech doctor I thought, I did not know there were Speech Therapists at that point. After about fifteen minutes I was called over andrepparttar 145786 therapist asked me various questions. As my parents were there I felt comfortable and safe and answered fluently. The speech therapist said something like “he sounds all right to me”. I was thinking, put me in Jean’s dining room without my parents there etc and see how I am then.

Going torepparttar 145787 speech therapist confirmed to me what I had always feared, I had a problem with my speech. The problem is very strange however as I don’t always stutter. So I thought aboutrepparttar 145788 situations where I did. Pressure, feeling uncomfortable, meeting new people, these wererepparttar 145789 situations which I had convinced myself would make me stutter, so I thought I just will not speak if I feel pressure or if I feel uncomfortable or if I meet new people. No longer did I put my hand up in class to ask or answer questions; I did not volunteer to be in any school plays, became less sociable and in general probably spoke a quarterrepparttar 145790 words a fluent person would.

Also at this age I became quite clever, I was aware that I found b,d,g,k and v words harder to say than other words. “B” words were especially hard so what I started to do was to substituterepparttar 145791 “b” word to another word. For example “where do you live?” instead of answering “Birmingham” I would answer “West Midlands”. I soon became an expert at this and could think ofrepparttar 145792 substitute word atrepparttar 145793 drop of a hat. This helped my speech to improve and people around me assumed thatrepparttar 145794 problem had been eradicated; however I knewrepparttar 145795 truth. Having an older brother and sister I was aware that pressure at school would increase and that when I was in junior school I would be made to read out of school books and to answer questions etc. these fears were realised in junior school; reading out of textbooks was especially difficult. For example in a lesson like English,repparttar 145796 teacher would say something like, “today class I would like each of you in turn to read out ofrepparttar 145797 book on your desks starting with Abbott”. As we were chosen in alphabetical order I worked out that I was going to have to read ninth. I then counted downrepparttar 145798 paragraphs hoping thatrepparttar 145799 ninth would be a short paragraph. I would then check which words I would have to read, hoping there were none of my difficult words in there, such as “b” words. Byrepparttar 145800 time it was my turn to read I would be a complete nervous wreck and was virtually guaranteed to stutter. The classes response was mixed to hearing me stutter, some of course laughed but at this age my best friend was one ofrepparttar 145801 strongest children inrepparttar 145802 school and anybody who laughed at me, he would hit. People soon realised to keep quiet.

The stutter and its effects became more serious when moving to senior school, mainly because my best friend decided to attend a different school from me. Duringrepparttar 145803 six weeks school holiday between leavingrepparttar 145804 junior school and startingrepparttar 145805 senior, I had a lot of time to think. At that time in my life I was a negative thinker and was thinking:

1.Atrepparttar 145806 junior school, I knew allrepparttar 145807 teachers and most ofrepparttar 145808 pupils, atrepparttar 145809 new school I will have to meet a lot of new people (teachers and pupils).

2.I felt very comfortable inrepparttar 145810 junior school, I knew where everything was situated and it was quite a small school. The new school is around ten times bigger, I will not know whererepparttar 145811 art block is for example and I am not very good at asking for directions. Inrepparttar 145812 junior school, I was one ofrepparttar 145813 oldest and tallest. Inrepparttar 145814 senior school I will be one ofrepparttar 145815 youngest and smallest. I therefore will probably feel uncomfortable inrepparttar 145816 new school.

Vitamin Smoothies to Beat the Summer Heat

Written by Jeff Matson

Vitamin smoothies are a great way to enjoy a cold beverage and relax on a hot summer day. Smoothies are not only delicious, but they are good for you as well, providing many nutritional benefits which will improve your dietary habits. These refreshments are perfect for long car rides, picnics or to make at home to enjoy in front ofrepparttar television. Some ofrepparttar 145782 most popular types of smoothies include protein smoothies, energy drinks and vitamin smoothies, but it is important to knowrepparttar 145783 ingredients in these drinks in order to determine which type of drink suits your lifestyle.

  • Protein Smoothies - Protein is known asrepparttar 145784 building block for muscles and insufficient amounts of protein will make it difficult to obtain muscle mass and grow larger muscles. Protein supplements are available in powder forms and can easily be added to smoothies in order to build your muscles faster. A large container of protein will cost about $30.00.

    Who Drinks Them? Protein smoothies are great for individuals looking to build larger muscles in a short amount of time. Protein is also used for individuals looking to lose weight while maintaining strong and healthy muscles. Body-builders and weight lifters often use protein supplements.

  • Energy Drinks - Energy drinks include stimulants, vitamins and minerals such as caffeine, guarana, taurine, ginseng and creatine. The caffeine and stimulants arerepparttar 145785 ingredients which give yourepparttar 145786 energy boost you desire. The amount of caffeine in one energy drink is usually equal torepparttar 145787 amount used to make one cup of coffee.

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