How you can succeed at overcoming a speech impediment

President Biden has been candid about his struggle. If you're like millions with the same issue, an expert has tips on how you can overcome it too.

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AMANDA GORMAN: When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never ending shade?

- You may remember so many people were captivated by the words of poet laureate Amanda Gorman at the inauguration last month. And it may surprise you, because it surprised so many then, that she suffered from a speech impediment.

- Turns out it's a common problem, one that President Biden overcame. Something we'll ask him when he visits Houston today. Brhe Barry shows you what can be done to help.

- Pre- pre- pre- president.

BRHE BARRY: A speech impediment can be a difficult thing for a kid, even an adult, to overcome. President Biden overcame a stutter as a young kid. He said he did it by breaking up speeches with slashes after every few words forcing him to slow down. It's also more common than you might think. According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association over three million Americans stutter. And approximately 5% to 10% of all children will stutter at some point in their lives. For one in four of these children the problem will persist into adulthood and can become a lifelong communication disorder.

AMANDA GORMAN: Braved the belly of the beast.

BRHE BARRY: For Amanda Gorman, she found this song from Hamilton useful.

- Pardon me, are you a Aaron Burr, sir?

- That depends, who's asking?

- Oh, well sure, sir. I'm Alexander Hamilton. I'm at your service, sir.

BRHE BARRY: This song is packed with R's and fast paced rhymes. She kept repeating until she tackled those R's. So a question, can listening and repeating music actually help kids and adults with a speech disorder?

- Now we know that music stimulates multiple areas of the brain, including the speech and language centers and the areas that are responsible for motor movement and coordination.

BRHE BARRY: Now she gave some other ways parents can help. Educate yourselves, use the American Speech Language Hearing Association to help. Make a list of your child's trigger words, and then encourage them to skip those words, if it helps them talk. And practice writing poems packed with the sound or letters that they struggle with and have them read them to you out loud.

Brhe Barry, ABC 13, Eyewitness News.

- And if you struggle with a speech impediment you may be wondering when should you ask for professional help. We will tackle that in the next hour, plus the impact virtual learning can actually have on speech impediments.