Shahira was nervous about starting college because she had stuttered since she was a small child. She worked with a speech-language therapist at school and developed some strategies to reduce her stuttering, but she still avoided speaking in front of the class whenever possible. She was studying Business, so she knew there would be classes which involved some public speaking.
Sure enough, on the first day of class her instructor asked her name and she stuttered for five seconds before finally saying “Shahira”. She felt embarrassed, but determined that her stutter wouldn’t hold her back. She spoke to her instructor and explained that she was concerned about an upcoming presentation. The instructor reassured her that her presentation would be graded based on the content and her communication skills, such as body language and eye contact with the audience. She would not lose any marks as a result of her speech. She also suggested that Shahira register with disability services.