Embarrasing question - speech impediment w/ children?
I find this to be embarrassing to admit this but I have speech impediment due to lack of hearing in my ears (something I was born with) and my speech is sometimes a bit humilating for me. I went to therapy for this and I completed this. However I think my speech can still be improved but I have to wait for another therapy to respond.
I'm typing this because I have to go to a camp to offer my help to the site administritions to make the camp go smoothly, but at the same time, I will have to work with children. I notice that some children do not understand me due to my speech impedimet and this lowers myself-esteem a bit, which hinders me from interacting more with the children. But since they are so young, I cannot go up to them and explain my situation. I use hand gestures to communicate or to send them a message of what I want to say, and this seems to be working well. Although I still realize that they need verbal language to understand what's going around them and when this needs to happen, I try my best to avoid this situation and get someone to do this. I know I'm setting more barriers around me but I feel embarrassed whenever I come across this situation.
Any advice on how to make myself better so that I can overcome my lowered self-esteem by my speech impediment? Thanks so much!