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National Stuttering Association with Pam Mertz

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“But more importantly, being seen and being heard in the media. Little girls and boys that stutter don't see somebody that sounds like them in the media. And there's been a real push for movie and TV characters. They're more for comedic purposes, which perpetuates the myth that there's something wrong with us.”

Pam joins us to give an insight into stuttering and the theme for International Stuttering Awareness Day, which is Be Seen, Be Heard. The stereotypes associated with stuttering can often mean that a person who stutters is excluded; these barriers can affect self-worth.

Be Seen, Be Heard seeks to challenge those stereotypes and encourage patience and acceptance to allow everyone to be their whole self. Pam explains that the neurodiverse condition isn’t a sign of intelligence but a disruption to how a person communicates; they know what they want to say but can experience a block or repetition.

If you are experiencing any issues discussed in this podcast, please get in touch with your GP or healthcare practitioner.

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