Seven year old Jakob Harrison from Maidenbower is a very happy young man. But it was only a few years ago that he suffered with a stammering problem.
His parents began to notice a problem when he was three.
His father Chris explained:
“We’ve found in the earlier years that adults reacted more severely than other children. However as he has started school and met new children along the way he came across the odd moment of kids not initially understanding what to do and the odd child being unkind.”
“We left it a couple of months to see if it would be something he’d grow out of which is common but when we realised it wasn’t going away we then got him an appointment”
It was during Jakob’s therapy that Chris discovered the charity Action for Stammering Children.
“A stammer is a terrible thing to overcome and have the confidence to talk to people and make friends. It can also be heartbreaking as a parent to see your child struggle in this way.”
5% of children will stammer at some point in childhood with 1% of those continuing into adulthood.
For Jakob the therapy has made a huge difference.
“Jakob still stammers from time to time now. Usually in moments of tiredness, stress or excitement. He is happy with how he copes at the moment so doesn’t see the therapist regularly but does check in with them on a six monthly basis to ensure he is still fine.”
Chris continues, “Whenever he has come across any problems he knows to tell an adult and school in particular have been great at raising awareness among the class. His classmates really are understanding of him now and give him the time he needs when the stammer pops up.”
Having seen how well Jakob has done and the importance of the charity he was inspired to now help other children through the charity.
Having previously ran a marathon and other small races he is now about to take on his biggest challenge yet. A massive double challenge starting with abseiling the ArcelorMittal Orbital Tower on 24th June 2017 and then riding the DIFC London to Brighton cycle ride in September 2017.
Chris wants to get as much support as he can and has setup a Just Giving page.
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