My name is Aaron. A difference about me is that I stutter. When you stutter, your speech gets stuck and you can’t talk so well. It sort of sounds like s-s-salt. Salt is not a word I am likely to get stuck on, but I do know many other words. Thankfully, I go to speech therapy, so I have ways to get unstuck.
Here’s an example that just happened. One Friday night, whether in December of January, I had a tennis match. When I play matches, we usually warm up for five minutes or so.
When we were done warming up I asked the kid I was playing, “Do you want to start?” But it sounded like, “Do you want t-t-to s-s-s-s-start?”
He said, What?”
I tried to say it again, but it sounded the same as before. Afterwards, it kept going on like that there more times.
By the 4th time, I was frustrated! I had a feeling he had trouble hearing me. I also saw that I looked confused. I tried again, but it didn’t work. Then I looked at my mom. She gave me a signal, which is tugging at her ear. So I used my speech tools and it worked! I was able to say what I wanted to say.
A lot of times I get stuck and I remember my speech tools. That time, since I was focused on asking him, I just forgot my speech tools. Since that time I have remembered my speech tools.