Questions On Difficulties Of Speaking Disorders

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Intercultural Written Assignment:
Difficulties of Speaking Disorders
Adam Cardenas
Texas State University- San Marcos
COMM 1310: Fundamentals of Human Communication
Mrs. Tonya Stewart

My name is Tom Fletcher, I am a 23 year old graduate student with a bachelor’s degree in communications, and pursuing a master’s degree in Communications. While I spend most of my time working towards my degree, ironically, I have a speech disorder where i have a lisp. A speech disorder is a communication disorder that disrupts one’s speaking ability. This can mean stuttering, lisps, etc. Someone who is unable to speak due to a speech disorder is considered mute. These issues while seeming so small, “effect almost 3 million americans” (NIDCD 1) including myself and needs to be addressed with what a person dealing with this issue goes through and what there is to cure it. A typical day for me is honestly mostly focusing on being a normal human being. I start my morning by doing speech exercises, and eating breakfast. One exercise i prefer to do is auditory discrimination, “You want to first begin with auditory discrimination activities in order to bring awareness to the difference between the /s/ and /z/ sounds and the /th/ sound they are using. Some kids have been lisping for so long, they really don’t know that it is inaccurate. It all sounds the same to them! So start with some listening activities.” (Heather 2). After my morning routine i get ready for classes. I
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