Having a Speech Impediment and Getting to Accept Myself
For 21 years, was not able to go for a drive through but in addition to that, going through a masters project was also very difficult because I could not make the presentation because something was hindering me. At that time, the only thing that I was required to do was to make the presentation in front of the academic advisors and also, my classmates and that will be done. I was also required to bring family members and friends on the day that I was making the presentation so that they could sit in and listen to the speech. However, this is very difficult and because of that, I asked all my friends and my family to stay at home but I invited speech therapist that had been working with. In order for me to be able to speak fluently, the speech therapist brought some lip balm that was kept in her purse. In order to boost my confidence and ensuring that everything was right, she ensure that she did an inspection of the notecards that are brought along for the presentation. I had a speech impediment and it was the major problem and something that cause a lot of fear in me.
During his adolescent years, my dad was shuffled between four different dads and for this reason, it contributed to a lot to the speech impediment which I inherited from him. At the beginning, the speech impediment was not a problem for me especially because I did not see a major problem with it but after seven years, I was enrolled in some speech therapy classes. Because of this reason, I had to leave the class a little early and I gave some excuses to my friends to avoid them knowing what this was about. Many of the times, you can give a lot of excuses for situation and that’s what I did but you cannot sustain it if you now start repeating some of the excuses. The good thing is that my friends did not speak ill of me especially because they were in elementary school. 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.
People started asking questions later especially when I was in middle school and because of that, I used to cry a lot because I’m introverted. During my seventh grade, I actually had a very nasty encounter with a kid known as Jason.
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.