“As a child, I had no one with a stutter to look up to…”
Caitlyn Cohen, 19, was completely shocked when a TikTok she posted about her stutter went viral on the platform. It was about three attainable causes of a extreme stutter.
Caitlyn has had a stutter since she was four years outdated. According to Mayo Clinic, a stutter is “a speech disorder that involves frequent and significant problems with normal fluency and flow of speech.”
Most folks outgrow their stutter after childhood. But for some folks, like Caitlyn, it is a continual situation that persists into maturity. Growing up, Caitlyn was insecure about her situation and afraid to place herself on the market.
That all modified in 2018, when she was a contestant within the Miss New York Teen pageant. “I had to speak on stage in front of a lot of people, judges, and cameras to say my name and what town I was representing. I was so beyond nervous and could barely get a word out, but I did it. And that is when my confidence began to blossom,” she stated.
Caitlyn was debating opening up about her stutter on the web for greater than a yr. “I had so much anxiety making and posting my first video,” she stated. “But once I saw all the love, support, and heartfelt messages from other kids who stutter, I knew I wanted to continue sharing my story to spread awareness and help children and young adults know that they are not alone.”
Since then, Caitlyn has made a number of movies answering the varied questions of her viewers. This one about her boyfriend significantly warms my chilly little coronary heart:
Caitlyn stated she needs her viewers “to know they can do anything they put their mind to…especially younger kids. As a child, I had no one with a stutter to look up to who was anywhere close to my current age. Disabilities are not always visible, and I want people to know that and have an open mind.”
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