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2020 brings a fluency program for adults who stutter to talk fluently: a 17 year old talks…

My initial intake of 17 year old Bruce , a junior in high school: To the listener he stuttered mildly. Inside he was suffering and changing words constantly to talk.  The fear of stuttering was enormous and was causing emotional damage. Me: Why do you want an intensive stuttering program? Bruce: Because I cannot talk to my friends or say my name. I feel my palms sweat. I run out of the class when I am called on. I want to go to college and not hide.  I need to be able to say my name. He asked me this…What is the point of doing well in school if I cannot talk? two months later: Me: Did the course help you? Bruce: Lori, I asked a girl to the prom. My palms do not sweat. I can say my name. I work hard to practice. I cannot thank you enough.. […]


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Understanding communication: an immigrant’s perspective

The truth is I never knew my grandmother Ida. She died six months after I was born but her legacy lives on through her son (my father). My brother Ira was named after her and that is an incredible reminder of her continued presence in this world. Immigrating from Russia, Ida Gulker married my grandfather, Oscar Melnitsky and settled in  Brownsville, Brooklyn. Ida enrolled in school at night to learn English and was insistent on her four children finishing college.  My parents thought of getting married before my dad finished pharmacy college she insisted he finish first.  Oscar worked long hours as a baker and from what I hear baked delicious bread and cakes.  (Wish I had some now). Despite financial challenges and difficult situations, families remained close and I can only assume provided much needed emotional support for each other.  These are stories I love hearing and  know my […]


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The best way to stop struggling with stuttering….Fluency now…

Do you want to be able to say your name? Do you want to stop struggling? Are you ready to work hard and consistently? Do you stutter? I stuttered severely.. Email me at Lori@allislandspeech.com now for a free facetime consult……High schoolers and college students are encouraged… MPI 2 Stuttering Prpgram for fluency Amazing and life changing program for adults..MPI2 stuttering ProgramLori@allislandspeech.com Posted by New Jersey Stuttering Support on Sunday, July 22, 2018


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Wow…MPI 2 graduate… Stuttering to Fluency……

Jake stuttered. Was terrified of speaking. This is why he took the program- 1. Took the program because I was tired of conventional therapy not helping me and was intrigued by the biofeedback aspect of the program. 2. Helped me by changing my pattern of speech to be more flowing and smooth. Made me aware of what words and phrases caused me to stutter and how to handle it. The program instructions allowed me to speak to new people with the headset on and desensitized me to new situations. 3. Stuttering is sometimes debilitating for me. I was in a dark place and thought I’d never be able to accept the fact that I stutter. Through this program and therapy with Lori, I’ve become more accepting and have learned the tools and techniques to manage my stutter. It doesn’t define me anymore. age 22 college senior Please click to watch […]


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Top reasons high school students who stutter should consider intensive fluency therapy..

It is no secret that I stuttered severely from the age of 4 and did not talk in class ever, not even in my masters program.   I did not even speak up when a professor announced that the suicide rate  must be higher with people who stutter.  It infuriated me.  My friends looked at me and begged me to speak up.  I could not. I would not. I hung my head in shame. The insurmountable fear of stuttering and silence coming out of my mouth was unimaginable. So now I am saying it and would say at any conference that is not true. When I was teaching I made that clear to my students.  The point was I was trapped in silence.   The truth is I did not know any fluency tools in school.  No one understood and I was hiding.  Fortunately I had my father as a positive […]


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Top tips to help children ages 8 to 14 who stutter:

Over the years I have seen hundreds of children and adults who stutter…I can honestly say ages 8 to 14 are the most challenging.  It is the ages when no one wants to be different. Whether they stutter, have ADHD, aren’t happy how they look or whatever the majority do not want to sound different.  Even if it means changing severe stuttering to less stuttering it is often resisted.  Why? It is the fear of being found out even if others know. Do not despair. Let me tell you some key ways to help your children that I have found useful: First everyone responds well to praise. Praise the message. I like how you are telling me that. I see you are really trying. Do not talk about stuttering in front of them unless they want to. Why? because even though you are their parents they might still be embarrassed. […]


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Listen to Lori.. The story of fluency and confidence of a person who overcame stuttering…

About five years ago on a dark winter night I researched in depth the MPI 2 program (www.allislandspeech.com) . After all I am someone who stuttered severely. I was trapped in my own head and could not get out  my true thoughts.  I could not say my name. People always asked me if I forgot my name? That is so annoying and embarrassing.  Of course I knew my name. I would hesitate and hide. As a teen I could not call my friends on the phone. I would hang up all the time.  Texting would have helped. Even though I had taken other therapies in the past I sounded robotic and could not talk freely.  I tried to speak openly about stuttering. In desperation I tried to make myself stutter, often called voluntary stuttering. It made my speech worse. The blocks increased, the emotions intensified and I wanted to stop […]


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Case study: 4 year old severe stuttering and apraxia diagnosis…

Do we treat stuttering first? Do we treat oral motor, articulation first? Do we ignore stuttering? Do we ignore the fragmented language? What do we do first? Stuttering in itself is so complex…How do we deal with both? I wanted to share a case study with you and hope some of these tips help… In April of 2019 a young man I will call Max came to see me.   Max was a little over 4 and aware of his speech difficulties.  Parents were unsure of which direction to take.  He was previously diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech and I agreed with this. His language was at the three word level. Eye grimaces, eye contact avoidance, missing syntax, repeating syllables and words were evident.  Max was stuttering on 82 percent of his words.  That means 82 out of 100 words were dysfluent.  I am breaking that down because that is […]


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Three best tips to manage Adult ADHD during holidays…

Holidays often bring stress and often torture for young people and adults with ADHD.  How many of us feel scattered and overwhelmed at this time? We lose things, feel anxious and often do things we think we “should” do and not what we want to do. Non stop holiday parties and shopping can be overstimulating. Computer surfing can be draining.   These are the three best tips for surviving holidays… 1. Find ten min to shop and then get off the computer. 2.  Do not go to parties that you are not interested in.  Find  joy in who you love. 3. Keep focused and make lists.   For more information on how I can help you please email me at Lori@allislandspeech.com Please visit www.allislandspeech.com for more information on ADHD and Life Coaching..   #ADHDcoaching #lifecoaching  


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