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Last Updated: Saturday December 29 2007 09:40 GMT

I have a stammer


Press Packer Amelia has a speech problem called a stammer. Stammering is quite common so there's a likelihood that you'll know someone who stutters.

Here's her story.

"I'm normal, like any other teenager. I also have a stammer.

I get stuck when I try to say a sentence or a word. I know exactly what I want to say, but the words don't come out as easily, which is really frustrating.

I've had a stammer since I was about seven. My mum noticed I had a stammer and she took me to see a specialist who confirmed it.

My stammer tends to get worse when I am nervous or when I talk to a new person.

Life changing

Having a stammer has changed my life because I stay in more and I don't go out as much as I'd like to, as it affects my confidence.

It has also affected my school life in the past. I have been bullied by kids who think it's funny. Once, I nearly ran away from home because it got so bad.

Now I'm at secondary school and things are so much better. Everyone is more mature and the teachers understand.

Easier to cope

I've been to see a speech therapist who has helped me by teaching me breathing techniques and how to relax. My stammer is getting easier to cope with as I get older.

I think that every young person should get the help they need, so they can maximise their potential. I don't think the government pays attention to children and young people who have minor difficulties like stammers and lisps etc.

We need help too, such as more attention and more equipment, and more work needs to be done to maximise every young person's potential."

Amelia, 13, England

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