Tim Shanks

Read articles from Tim Shanks, one of our regular Your Voice contributors.

Tim worked at the BSA (now STAMMA) in the late 1980s/early 90s, where he was editor of the members' magazine Speaking Out and the fundraiser. Tim tells us his favourite therapist was Joseph Sheehan, whose main message was to not avoid speaking situations and not to hide your stammer. Feeling unable to do this, Tim says he took to psychotherapy to find out why. He is now a supporter of the 'stammering pride' approach. He is retired and his favourite pastime is writing humorous poetry.

Poem: I could have been a stammerer

Poem: War and peace

Say no to fluentism

I have stopped trying to be perfect.