His peers would make fun of him because he stuttered

A SPEECH impediment programme is helping 20-year­ old Muhammed Hassen conquer his fear of speaking. Hassen lacked self-confidence in high school and his peers would make fun of him because he stuttered.

Conquering his fear of Stuttering

What a sport... Muhammed Hassen from Kelvin, Sandton conquers the fear of speaking.

A SPEECH impediment programme is helping 20-year­ old Muhammed Hassen conquer his fear of speaking.

Hassen lacked self-confidence in high school and his peers would make fun of him because he stuttered.

"I was really excited about the programme because I knew that it was going to help me with my speech," said Hassen at his home in Kelvin.

He  said  he   is  learning  a lot from the  programme  and is finding  it  easier  to  speak to people. "I still have a few challenges like speaking to girls,"  joked  Hassen .  "It  is not a cure for stuttering  but the programme teaches me techniques to help overcome the stuttering ."

He said some people lose patience  with  him   because he takes longer to speak and this becomes a challenge for him because, as  part  of the programme, his coach eneourages him to make contact with as many people as possible - face-to-face and on the phone.

Hassen explained, "As stutterers, when we attempt to speak, our diaphragm gets closed up  and we struggle to breathe which is why we struggle to say a few words."

The programme has been teaching Hassen how to control his breathing so he can articulate his words with more ease when expressing himself. He is currently studying transport and logistics in  Johannesburg . He said he has a new-found confidence  and  improves with every session .

Hassen said his colleagues and lecturers have commended him on his improved speech.

 "I want other stutterers to know that there is hope if you are a stutterer," he said.