I’ve Often Thought What Life Would Be Like Without Receiving Treatment for My Stuttering

Thanks to excellent parents, I went through the HCRI program when I was ten and was the institute’s youngest participant. I’ve often thought what life would be like without receiving treatment for my stuttering.

Growing up with stuttering is devastating. I know others who have stuttered into adulthood and it makes their lives extraordinarily complicated. Whether we like it or not, people judge us by how we look and how we speak. It’s unfortunate, but that’s how things are.

Without stuttering therapy, it would be far more difficult to perform my job. I have daily interaction with co-workers and upper management. I can verbally communicate with anyone on any matter – with confidence.

With fluent speech, I am able to be highly productive and gain respect from people with whom I work. I would advise anyone with a stuttering condition to research all available options and get help. HCRI’s treatment program has made a remarkable difference.

Life is much better without stuttering.

Justin Thomas
Program Manager
US Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security