AKFSA Tongue Twister Task


A 15-second video can change the world’s understanding of Social Anxiety. It starts with you.

We can’t thank you enough for taking the time to visit us. Here, you can learn more about the #TongueTwisterTask, a special project initiated by our partner the Selective Mutism Group (SMG).

Together, we’re working to raise awareness about Social Anxiety, a condition that affects 1 in 8 people.

What is social anxiety?

Social Anxiety is a condition that can affect multiple areas of a person’s life. For some individuals, symptoms are very specific — they may be afraid of going to the store, engaging in casual conversation or eating in public. Other people tend to feel anxiety more broadly, and are uncomfortable with most social situations regardless of context. Social Anxiety can be a pervasive and debilitating condition that overtakes a person’s entire life.

What is the #TongueTwisterTask?

The #TongueTwisterTask is an effort to create public awareness and support for Social Anxiety and Selective Mutism. The idea is that people who suffer from these conditions avoid social and public situations. It’s as if their lives are an impossible tongue twister. Participants in the challenge can post a short video of themselves reciting tongue twisters, and/or they can donate to our cause.

Watch an example

How can I participate?

Take a video of yourself trying to say a tongue twister three times fast. For extra fun, grab a family member, friend or coworker and do it together. Choose from one of the classics below or use your favorite.

When you’re done, post your video on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the #TongueTwisterTask hashtag. Don’t forget to challenge two or more people to donate or post their own video within 24 hours!

Ideas for Tongue Twisters

  • “She sells sea shells by the sea shore.”
  • “Red leather, yellow leather.”
  • “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.”
  • “He shot three free throws. He shot three free throws.”
  • “Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.”
  • “Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.” (hardest in history per MIT researchers)
  • “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.”

Thanks so much for your support!