Written by Auralee
I have had a lot of social media comments about my “lisp/accent”, so I thought I would expound:
Is it a lisp?
My Grandma is Danish and says I look and speak just like the people in Denmark and just to accept it as my heritage. “You have a Danish accent”, she would tell me. ….But, I have trouble accepting that because although I have Danish blood, I am the only person in my family with a “Danish accent”. This leads to many jokes like I genetically inherited a Danish accent, lol. My school told me it was a lisp so I accepted that (seemed more logical). Unfortunately, my school didn’t have a good therapist to help me.
When I am out and about and people ask me where my accent is from, I have tried a number of responses. I have said “oh no, it is just a lisp.” At which comment they usually look at me like they don’t know what to think or they debate it with comments like “I am picking up on more than that” or “Really?” To which comments I often retreat back to what my Grandma said and say “my Grandma is Danish”. This answer makes them happy and keeps me out of a debate and it makes a more interesting response than just to say I have a lisp.
However, it has been brought to my attention recently from a speech therapist who sounds like they are a lot more knowledgeable then my “speech therapist” in elementary school, that it is not a lisp at all ?! It is just some articulation challenges that with the proper instruction, I can overcome! I would LOVE that. It has been very hard on me to talk “funny”. There have been plenty of times I am trying to communicate and people can’t understand what I am saying or they repeat back to me what I sound like and laugh. It makes me feel humiliated. Even when they don’t laugh, I remember the demonstrations I have received and I want to bury my head in the sand. Hurrah for the possibility of changing it. Now I just need to find a GOOD therapist who is able to help me.