The word ‘quick’ set off an inexplicable panic within me.
Stuttering can cause people to shy away from social interaction and this leads to feelings of loneliness and a sense of not wanting to get involved in any activities where they'll be required to speak.
The stammer suddenly became front and centre of her life.
Miss Rickard, who is originally from Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, said: 'Reading aloud in class was hell on earth for me and I started dreading it and losing sleep.'People started picking on me, doing impressions of me stammering.
That made me tense and the more tense I got the more I stammered.
It was a vicious cycle.'The worst thing is I was a sociable girl in my head and I loved chatting so much but I came across as shy because I was so afraid I'd stammer I wouldn't speak.' She started speech therapy but it didn't work and Miss Rickard, one of three siblings, started trying to hide her speech problem.