Author Archives for Lori Melnitsky

Is Stuttering Contagious but Ignorance is….Lori’s story

Sept 1991-My first internship for my masters program in Speech Pathology was at a special education preschool on Long Island in NY. I was excited but petrified. I was an accountant for five years with little interaction with children. My dream was to become a speech pathologist and it became my passion. (It still is 29 years later). The long awaited letter came in the mail who to contact for my internship. Walking into a school I met with an well established speech pathologist. The fear came. She will know I stutter and turn me away. My fear was intense. How can I hide it? Should I hide it? I decided to be upfront. I stutter but it does not affect my interaction with the children or my job. The look came.  A speech pathologist of over 35 years looked bewildered and confused. Then the words came but not what […]


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Best tools to help teens and adults who stutter…

Many times I am asked what tools to use with stuttering.  Too many times people are looking at manuals and tools to cure stuttering. The truth is there are no immediate cures for stuttering. The positive is that I stuttered severely and can communicate clearly, more fluently and do not dread speaking. People need to talk about their interests.  I have several teens who stutter who love basketball, wrestling, baseball, hockey and we get our best results reading articles and discussion. An adult I treat is a professional photographer. We use his interests to work on fluency. It improves stuttering, confidence and listening. So ditch the manuals. Work on their interests. #stuttering #stop stuttering For more information please contact Lori@allislandspeech.com


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Why should adults who Stutter take the MPI 2 Stuttering?

Adults who stutter are tired of stuttering. They want to get the job they want. They want to stop hiding stuttering. They want to not fear getting stuck. I took the program and put over 30 adults through it.   Reasons: It is more natural It is intensive I am teaching it and went through it I am a coach too It changes how you speak   #stuttering #stop stuttering   For more information and to contact Lori Melnitsky, a speech pathologist who overcame stuttering and was tired of stuttering too. www.allislandspeech.com


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Why I stutter but do not need breath support from speech pathologists….

All my life I have been told from speech pathologists, doctors and listeners to stop, calm down and breathe. Do you know the message this sends? It says..You are nervous, anxious and have a lung capacity issue.   Wrong and so misunderstood. Even now when I am told this I tense up more, my breathing becomes abrupt and the stuttering increases. It is embarrassing, humiliating and teaching people who stutter the wrong way to help them. Yes our breathing might be disrupted but with the correct help to connect words, sentences, and become more confident speakers we can succeed.   Taking a big deep breath will make your stuttering worse. Leave the breathing to the medical professionals if you have a a pulmonary medical issue.   Leave the stuttering therapy to the specialists who can help make communication easier and effective.   For more information please email Lori@allislandspeech.com www.allislandspeech.com #stuttering […]


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How overcoming stuttering changed my life…

My quest for fluency was endless. It also involved learning how to converse, pause and speak.  These are ways that fluency helped me. In a world where math is stressed I can honestly say it had no impact on my life but stuttering did.   This is how it helped me: Became more confident stopped getting laughed at for not saying my name Hired as an adjunct professor Was interviewed for radio and TV shows Became a speech pathologist Allowed me to advocate for my children when needed. Enabled me to make phone calls. Stopped thinking about stuttering and being ashamed from morning to night. Gave me strength Learned how to fight discrimination. For more information contact Lori @516776-0184 www.allislandspeech.com #stuttering #stop stuttering #cure stuttering


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Why speech stretching does not always work with stuttering…

My motto: Never teach what you will not use yourself to communicate? It is unnatural to talk in slow stretched speech. Try it and you will see. Watch the listener’s response.  Ask how you feel…   Sometimes people who stutter are asked to use rubber bands or hand movements to stretch speech. That might help for the moment but it is not better than stuttering in the long run. Although this helps for a short time, there is not long term research or evidence that this can be sustained. Why are we teaching this skill?  Again some small amount of stretching can help but usually easy onset is better. Honestly I tried stretching speech in my early 20s. It worked for a short time but than it sounded funny and I felt awkward  talking . As one of my 9 year olds reported, “I sound like a robot and put […]


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EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO TREAT STUTTERING AND RELATED SPEECH DISORDERS WORKSHOP

Lori Melnitsky, MA CCC-SLP ASHA speech-language pathologist and Director of All Island Speech and Stuttering Therapy in Plainview, NY has developed a workshop in which she will be discussing: .3 ASHA CEUs. Early bird $150 ends Jan. 10th, 2021… Course starts Jan. 12 on demand at your convenience through Jan. 17… EFFECTIVE  STRATEGIES TO TREAT STUTTERING AND RELATED SPEECH DISORDERS Participants will be given an overview of stuttering and how to address the disorder with concomitant diagnoses, such as apraxia speech sound disorders and ADHD. The platform will also give better understanding on how to provide stuttering therapy along with related speech disorders. We encourage and welcome ALL to this helpful and extremely insightful workshop.  Using her own personal experience with severe stuttering as an adolescent and 25 years of expertise, she will be highlighting several different topics such as: Identify stuttering warning signs Define physical characteristics associated with stuttering  […]


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Hello I stutter, Do you hear me? My name is Lori..The non traditional speech pathologist…

Stuttering? Who understands how I speak? How loud do I have to scream to be heard?  I remember being 5 and told I should do a play for my parents, being 8 and doing art projects, being 15 and filling out questionnaires and then age 22 filling out the stuttering instruments for assessment.  I have no memory of who these people were but I do remember feeling invisible. No child or adult should do it this way. Did anyone hear me? Could they stop  writing notes? Does anyone know how to help me?  Aren’t you a speech pathologist? Stop reading. I am a person. Will anyone ask about me, my hobbies, my life? The pain is still there. I became a speech pathologist. Not only did I learn how to speak more fluently with confidence, I learned to help most people I work with who stutter. Never doubt how much […]


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