Callum Schofield said his own name for the first time at the age of 18 without stuttering. He spent his childhood and teenage years without a voice, which he says had a massive impact on his mental health.
Callum is now a podcast host, motivational speaker and stammering activist raising awareness of the needs of children (and adults) with a stammer. He also advocates for male mental health on his blog and YouTube channel.
Where to get help with a stammer
In our chat, Callum talked about the two organisations that helped him gain control of his speech. He says that every stammerer is different, but these are the organisations he found help from:
- The Starfish Project - for help with the physical aspects of stammering
- Stop Holding Back - works on improving the mindset of someone with a stammer to help them achieve more in life
Where to connect with Callum
Advice for parents on stammering
This is honestly one of the loveliest pieces of advice I've had on the podcast. Callum says "Trust the timing." When his mother tried to help him as a younger child, it just didn't work. It would have been easy to despair, but she persisted in supporting her son, and when the time felt right for Callum, he got the help he needed.
I know this advice to work well for smaller parenting dilemmas too, especially with teenagers.
More teen mental health resources
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