December 23, 2020 at 3:43 am #28520
Why is it folks always seem to label or classify their stuttering like “severe”, “Moderate”, or “mild”???
I mean is it really a big deal weather stuttering is severe or not???
Your either a PWSS or PWS….what’s it matter how bad you stutter???
Nope-this is NOT meant to be a rude or mean post!
The word severe to me carries a negative connotation…..why mild seems like no biggie!!!
Someone could say “i was a severe stutterer”—-why not just say I was a stutterer…why do people have to put a classification???
Folks can get a diagnosis from a therapist as “severe”, moderate or mild, or very severe. Did you actualy choose to believe you were severe just because they said so you were???
I guess my point to this post is WHY does stuttering always have to be SEVERE!!!! And what does it matter ..LOL!!!!! Sure I was classified as……….SEVERE!!!!! BUT I never believed those “therapists” when they said that…..nor did I gave a darn!December 23, 2020 at 11:17 am #28524GáborParticipant
“Your either a PWSS or PWS….what’s it matter how bad you stutter???”
Because subjectively, it’s not the same to struggle for 30 seconds with one word or be almost completely silent like a mute person, or just having some small disfluencies. Which one person do you thing has more difficulties in life? The one who grimaces and struggles helplessly and occasionally can’t even omit any sounds or the one, who is a bit disfluent and sometimes repeat words but can still function in our society (having a job that requires speaking, talking to a group of person, calling a stranger on the phone, even making presentations etc.) without much difficulties?December 28, 2020 at 8:24 am #28536
I fully agree with you, Gábor.December 28, 2020 at 8:26 am #28537
I used to be a very severe stutterer. If I spoke with a stranger for 2 minutes, this person would clearly notice that I have a speech problem.
One of my best friends used to be a PWS too. He became a PWSS thanks to the Lovett Method more or less at the same time as I did. But he was a covert stutterer. I didn’t know about this until he told me. Almost nobody knew it. And that makes a HUGE difference.December 30, 2020 at 7:15 am #28541
Thanks for input dudes!!! Happy New YR!December 30, 2020 at 11:19 am #28545Leah AreffModerator
It is important so that we know how hard you need to work and for how long. The more severe your stutter is, the more work you will have to put in, and the time it will take you to cure will differ.January 4, 2021 at 8:11 am #28589
Thank you Tasneem!!! So it’s a factor in identifying how much work and time it takes to overcome ones problem if one chooses to overcome it…..!January 4, 2021 at 8:15 am #28590
Follow up to Javier….if you stuttered mildly with a stranger for 2 minutes, would they think of you as speech impaired still???
Severe and very severe—aint that the same thing……?!!! Im not one for labeling or classifing stuttering as mild moderate or severe but isnt severe the highest classification!!! Never heard of very severe!January 4, 2021 at 9:06 am #28593
Adam, I am not a speech pathologist or anything like that. I’m a PWSS who studied Economics actually. Probably the medical community has more specific terms to define it. But I’m not here for the semantics. Call it how you want. I’m sure you got my point. PWS stutter in various ways, some more frequently, some less, some in more intense/clear/evident ways than others.
Anyone who talked to me for two minutes would have clearly see that I had a speech problem. On the other hand, this friend of mine who was a covert stutterer, very few people knew that the stuttered. We were classmates in university, so I met with him almost every day, and I didn’t know that he was a PWS until he told me, months later after we first met.
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