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I’m in my late 20s and am very intelligent. My I.Q. is 140 and I graduated college summa cum laude (with highest honors). However, most people see me as having low intelligence and I don’t know why. I have a mild speech disorder which makes it difficult for me to express my ideas in an organized, coherent manner. Sometimes, I believe, people think I sound “stupid” because it’s difficult for me to express myself. I do not know how to overcome this, but I think my problem extends back to my childhood when everyone in my family would make fun of my speech problem instead of getting me any meaningful help. My mother even refused me free speech therapy my school offered when I was in 3rd and 4th grades because speech therapy was handled in the special education department and she said she would have felt like a failure as a parent if I was sent there.
Today, I’m embarrassed to go on job interviews, meet new people, make presentations, or anything that involves me speaking. I feel like I sound like an idiot. I have always been a good writer and wish that writing is the only way I could express myself. I feel trapped because whenever I try to explain anything acadmeic, I usually get laughed at. Less than a year after graduating college, a new doctor I saw said, and I quote, “She is pleasant and cooperative but appears developmentally impaired.” Maybe my speech problem is why I have a knack of getting out of trouble because people believe I am developmemtally impaired. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I could improve? Thanks so much!

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  • Talk in front of a mirror.
    And if you see that it’s getting complicated when you talk in public just apologise
    “Hey I know that it might be not so logical and organised it’s just that there’s a lot in my mind”

    Anonymous February 11, 2019 11:59 pm Reply
  • Classes and repetition. If you have insurance, they will pay for speech therapy. Some of my friends in elementary had issues with speech, and they are incredibly intelligent. It just takes years of practice, repetition, for the muscle memory and cognitive functionality to become ingrained. Good luck, your Pal Corvallus

    Anonymous February 12, 2019 12:08 am Reply
    • Stop it little C.

      Anonymous February 12, 2019 1:25 am Reply
  • You should just pretend to be mute and speak in ASL.

    Anonymous February 12, 2019 12:39 am Reply
  • I think you should join the Air Force so you can fly jets. That will show everybody what you are capable of.

    Anonymous February 12, 2019 12:56 am Reply
  • I am the same, I am intelligent and I stutter, you will find after a while people dont care about it.

    I also use it to my advantage, people always think they have the upper hand over someone with low intelligence, I play their games then beat them as I am smarter than them and see straight through them 😉

    Anonymous February 12, 2019 1:05 am Reply
  • 1) You’re perfect just the way you are, no matter what they say. You’re intelligent and amazing.
    2) Try practicing in front of a mirror or just talking to yourself! Remember, you’re awesome! <3

    Anonymous February 12, 2019 2:04 am Reply
    • Aww thank you. This site needs someone just like you to keep everyone uplifted. We all talk about some pretty difficult life happenings on here. Keep us positive! Peace and love!

      Anonymous February 12, 2019 4:32 am Reply
  • Must not be that smart if your expecting advice on this site

    Anonymous February 12, 2019 4:02 am Reply
    • It’s ‘You’re’ not ‘Your’

      Anonymous February 12, 2019 7:45 am Reply
  • Don’t listen to what they say. Practice speaking and remember-you’re above all that

    Anonymous February 14, 2019 3:28 am Reply

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