Children's descriptions

A child or young person may find it difficult to describe their difficulties in speaking; however, they are the expert in telling their experiences. By listening to the child or young person, we can better help them. Below are descriptions of difficulties in speaking by children and young people:

“It feels as if everyone is laughing at me because I have this type of problem”

“I opened my mouth, but my voice just didn’t come out”

“I felt a pressure in my chest when I was supposed to talk”

”I would like to talk, but the words just don’t come out of my throat”

”I don’t say anything. I don’t do anything”

”If someone says that I have to speak, I definitely won’t be able to”

”I just ate a rabbit’s ear there”

”When I am anxious, I don’t hear anything, I don’t understand what others say. Everything around me becomes blurry”

”I get a stomach ache and headache, and feel nauseous, weak and shaky.

”Sometimes, I get more shaky when I am nervous, and in school, sometimes even more”