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    I went to speech therapy as a child, but I haven't been since I was approximately 8 or so

    I still have bad speech, I say things badly (especially nervous, very badly) stutter sometimes and can't pronounce words I've never seen before correctly (example Ozil, I thought it was oz-il but it's O-zil)

    I sometimes sound disabled (to put it bluntly, nothing wrong with being disabled though) when I speak and this is what makes me shy and scared of talking to people, I have some mates but one in particular use to take the piss out my speech, just banter but it did get to me though.

    Can speech therapy still work at my age? (17, nearly 18) or would it be pointless?
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    Perhaps speech therapy would be more effective as a young child but I'm pretty sure it'd still work for you now. I was never told an age that I should stop, so I guess it doesn't have that much of an effect
    I stopped when I was about 11 as I found it to be more patronising than helpful - I don't know if they approach adults in a different way though? I'd say go ahead if you want to, it can have great results!
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    If you don't try, you will never know.
    I had speech therapy when I was a child because I had a stutter. It didn't go away. I kept changing sentences to avoid the stutter, but sometimes I just couldn't get the words out of my mouth. When I was 18 (two years ago), i started speech therapy again. This time, it did work. I don't stutter unless I'm very tired, nervous or frustrated. So it definately did work for me!
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    (Original post by Joshale)
    I went to speech therapy as a child, but I haven't been since I was approximately 8 or so

    I still have bad speech, I say things badly (especially nervous, very badly) stutter sometimes and can't pronounce words I've never seen before correctly (example Ozil, I thought it was oz-il but it's O-zil)

    I sometimes sound disabled (to put it bluntly, nothing wrong with being disabled though) when I speak and this is what makes me shy and scared of talking to people, I have some mates but one in particular use to take the piss out my speech, just banter but it did get to me though.

    Can speech therapy still work at my age? (17, nearly 18) or would it be pointless?


    Hi. Speech and language therapists treat stutters though what you speak of sounds more like social anxiety. They do give strategies to tackle social anxiety as part of stuttering therapy. But yes, adults do receive speech therapy, there is no age limit to the clients SLTs work with. They will assess you to see what you're having difficulties with and then decide if you need speech therapy and what type of therapy is best. Some speech and language therapists specialise in the voice so you may be referred to a voice therapist who can give you tips on how to speak confidently, without stuttering etc.

    Also, I wouldn't think it as strange to say a word like Ozil wrong as it is not an English word, it would be more concerning if you were saying very common English words wrong.

    Talk to your doctor who can refer you to a speech and language therapist
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    (Original post by Joshale)
    I went to speech therapy as a child, but I haven't been since I was approximately 8 or so

    I still have bad speech, I say things badly (especially nervous, very badly) stutter sometimes and can't pronounce words I've never seen before correctly (example Ozil, I thought it was oz-il but it's O-zil)

    I sometimes sound disabled (to put it bluntly, nothing wrong with being disabled though) when I speak and this is what makes me shy and scared of talking to people, I have some mates but one in particular use to take the piss out my speech, just banter but it did get to me though.

    Can speech therapy still work at my age? (17, nearly 18) or would it be pointless?
    I echo what blue rose has said, but also just to be aware that not all trusts provide NHS funded speech therapy for adults who stammer, so it is probably worth going sooner rather than later to get in before you're 18!


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