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Topic subjectI had a speech impediment when I was a kid.
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552747, I had a speech impediment when I was a kid.
Posted by denny, Mon Jan-31-11 08:01 PM
True story. I didn't stutter but noone understood me except for my brother. He used to have to translate for me to my mom.

I had corrective surgery on my tongue when I was 6 which fixed the problem but from there....I had to go to special classes and the whole bit. But seriously....people didn't understand a word I said til I was about 8 so I never talked.

I gotta 9 year old daughter with Tourette's syndrome now. Somewhat related to stuttering/stammering in terms of social stigma.

Sorry for the appeals to my real life....but seriously, I was looking forward to the film. Just didn't sympathize.

Edit: A little off-topic but speaking of Tourette's....documentary film buffs should check out the BBC film 'John's not Mad'. There's a follow-up they made for it 10 years later as well. Possibly the most heart-wrenching film I've ever seen.

The whole thing used to be on youtube....now I can only find the follow-up. Here's part 1:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnyTMzQ76WA&feature=related