Trusting the Timing: Living With a Stammer in Your Teens, with Callum Schofield
Teenage Kicks Podcast
Trusting the Timing: Living With a Stammer in Your Teens, with Callum Schofield
Episode Info

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:

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

There are lots more episodes of the Teenage Kicks podcast – do have a browse and see if I’ve covered anything else you might find useful. And if you have a suggestion of something you’d like to see talked about on the podcast please do email me on [email protected] I have loads more fabulous guests coming up to help families navigate some of the most complicated – but wonderful – teenage parenting years. I’ve also got some posts on the blog that might help parents with other teenage parenting dilemmas, so do pop over to Actually Mummy if you fancy a read.

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