Young people who stammer often say they stammer more frequently in certain situations. For example, they might stammer more during presentations, during oral exams, or when talking to a group of friends. Stammering can also have an impact on young people, and their parents, because it has been happening for a number of years.
Many young people who stammer talk about the impact it has on them. For example, they talk about feeling ashamed or anxious, they say they might worry about what people will do or say when they stammer, and they worry about what people think of them. Some young people begin to think negatively about themselves and their speech and as a result they avoid talking or they avoid certain situations altogether.