Having a Speech Impediment and Getting to Accept Myself


It took me 21 years after birth to be able to go through a drive through but in addition, 24 years to complete a masters project that I was taking and was a big presentation in front of classmates. This is something that I was supposed to do in front of my classmates and their advisers on the academic matters. Apart from that, it was also required that you bring along the family members that are able to listen to the speech on that day. Because of the fear and what I heard, I could not be able to invite my family and friends and therefore, I kept them out of the issue but invited my speech therapist. In her purse, the speech therapist brought along some lip balm that was supposed to help me to speak more fluently. In addition to that, she also ensure that she went through the different note cards that I had for the presentation before in the lobby. I had a speech impediment and it was the major problem and something that cause a lot of fear in me.

The speech impediment is a condition that I inherited from my dad who probably developed problem during his adolescent years because he was shuffled or he had around four dads during that time. These speech impediments was not a problem for the first seven years of my life but after that, it become a major issue since I was enrolled in her speech therapy class which used to happen twice a week. To avoid giving so much information to my friends, making up excuses was the norm especially when you had to leave the class early. Giving excuses worked for quite a while but one incident repeating myself, it caused a problem. Most of the peoples in elementary school never think a lot about people’s behaviors and therefore, they were very quick to forgive and move on. Giving them another lie that I was going for advanced classes did not cause any problem especially because they thought the best of me at all times.

In middle school, some of the students started asking questions and because of that, it made me so uncomfortable since I’m introverted and for this reason, I found myself crying quite a lot because of the different questions they asked. Jason, one of the kids that we were studying with when I was in seventh grade actually made me go through a very bad situation and according to him, I observed him.

As I continued growing this is something that I continue to face a lot and this is something that also disturbed me a lot even when I got my first job. Discover more info here.