• “Although a large majority of the time I do not focus on my stuttering, I still find myself avoiding and becoming very frustrated and embarrassed when my stuttering surfaces. I am not comfortable with openly stuttering.”
  • “I am sometimes embarrassed by my stuttering but I don’t say it to keep my son ok with his stuttering.”
  • “I want to get better at being fluent, but I find myself just pushing through words. It is easier than using tools.”
  • “I used to give a different name (other than my real name) when asked for it at a coffee shop.”
  • “I avoid speaking in school at all cost.”
  • “Sometimes I laugh when people I know stutter. I feel really bad about it.”
  • “It is impossible for me to view myself as being fluent (even moderately so) in the future.”
  • “Sometimes I hate that I stutter.”
  • “I have only been bullied about my speech once in my life.”
  • “I pretend that I’m more comfortable talking than I am when I meet strangers.”
  • “Sometimes I feel like a fraud. I am supposed to know how to help people with stuttering but sometimes I feel like I don’t know how to help myself.”
  • “I really don’t like to say my name.”
  • “I really don’t like to talk on the phone.”
  • “I hate spelling out my email address for someone over the phone.”
  • “I tense up like I’m nervous when I stutter; my shoulders go up to my ears and I stop breathing.”
  •  “I pretend to forget what I say when I begin to stutter in groups.”

 

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