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Did I fail?… Many times over.. From “failure” to confidence:

Stuttering to Confidence: Is Failure a fair word? Failure: A scary word: What is failure? Failure is basically lack of success..  Success is a complex word and means various things to different people. Success is overrated in my opinion. How does one learn success without experiencing failure? How do we learn from our past mistakes? Mistakes are part of life and vital to growth. Our children must feel some aspects of “failure” to learn  resiliency. Most people agree as parents it is not easy to watch but it must happen. Life is not perfection and quite honestly boring if risks aren’t taken. Did I fail? I guess you could say I failed many times over. I did not exceed academically in high school.  I was the average student at best.  Luckily I had other strengths and went to school under less pressured times. I “failed” talking many times. I stuttered […]


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Ideas to practice speech and conquer speaking fears….

Icebreaker Questions List Here is a list of icebreaker questions to use in social situations: This came from Indeed. Great ideas…. “What would you be” questions A great way to break the ice is by activating people’s imagination using familiar topics. The following quick, easy questions allow you to engage individuals you don’t know very well. If you could be cast in a movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and which character would you want to play? If you could meet any historical figure, either living or deceased, who would you choose and why? If you could choose only one place to go on vacation for the rest of your life, where would it be and why? If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why? If you could pick up a certain skill instantly, what would it be? If you had a […]


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My Middle school child stutters…what do I do?

The National Stuttering Association is a great support organization that helped me overcome my fear of public speaking. It is especially important to the middle school child who stutters… We all know how hard these years can be and it is important they are not alone.. Remember to accept who they are. They can improve fluency but confidence is so key at this age. Praise their accomplishments. ‘Tweens/Middle School  


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Understand ADHD and Coaching…..

Understand ADHD/ADD to help the college student to develop goals:   It is that time of the year when millions of young people are moving away from the built-in structure and safety net they call home to the freedoms of college life. To many, this is an exciting time filled with loads of possibilities, where one can learn and grow. It can also present new challenges, anxiety and being overwhelmed especially to those who have attention-deficit /hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Greater responsibilities, numerous distractions, less structured time and completely new social situations are some of the new challenges that characterize this environment. To make it even more challenging is the fact that the previous support system that may have been present in your high school or home are lacking. All is not lost as several strategies can assist an ADHD student keep on track despite the new developments. ADHD,, also referred […]


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Three tips to overcome public speaking fears..

Public Speaking and Fear: Public speaking is one of the most feared situations in the world.  It is often ranked feared more than death. Yet, in schools and life, people are thrown into public speaking situations without much preparation. It can bring out anxiety and intense feelings of  fears of failure.  High school and college students I treat report dread and avoidance with speaking. I hear reports of people paralyzed with headaches, stomach ailments and at times bed ridden. Parents call crying that their children will not go to school and are vomiting.  What advice can we give people afraid of speaking? Many I treat stutter but others are speak fluently. A Fearful experience public speaking: Let me share a story with you…Back in graduate school I had to give a presentation to the community on speech and language development in children.  I had never even raised my hand in […]


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Mindset is important for adults who stutter…

Mindset and Stuttering… I have to say I get many calls and emails from people who stutter who tried x, y and z with no success with improving fluency. I also am told they took a course and failed. My mindset was the same years ago. I went to a three week intensive stuttering course. Coming home I felt like an amateur performer. It was a balancing act of trying to be fluent while everyone praised me. Then I couldn’t do it anymore and “failed”. Did I sound so terrible stuttering?  I guess so because I was now getting not stop praise for fluency. What went wrong? Mindset. Simple. I expected a miracle and they promised it. I would finally have my dream of fluency. When I stuttered I beat myself up. What’s different? I took x,y and z. Learned what worked and didn’t from hundreds I have worked with. […]


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Best reasons to hire an ADHD/ADD Coach:

Many college students and young adults benefit with this help. This is how… There are many reasons to hire an ADHD/ADD Coach:   Realize Goals Stop procrastination Support decision-making and prioritizing Expand perception of options Provide course correction Create accountability Celebrate wins… Create a calm environment Develop New Skills Manage impulsivity and distractibility Improve time and self-management skills Learn to set boundaries Deal with potential conflicts Develop better communication strategies Manage Emotional State Remove blame and shame Improve self-confidence Reduce overwhelm Empower self-image Reduce stress Manage worry Educate ADHD/ADD: Learn about what ADHD/ADD is Acknowledge your strengths and unique gifts Draft a visual manual to understand how your brain works Understand the criteria to succeed.. Create a successful plan For more information please contact Lori@allislandspeech.com for a free phone session and visit www.allislandspeech.com to read about coaching


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Ten fun facts about stuttering or stammering….

Ten fun facts about stuttering or stammering…. People who stutter are as smart as anyone else.. People who stutter are just people who happen to stutter at times We do not want to be interrupted Do not feel sorry for us.. we are people who want to be listened to.. We do not stutter because we are nervous People do not stutter when they sing.. It is not anyone’s fault that you stutter.. More boys stutter than girls One percent of the population stutters.. Many people who stutter do not like saying their name… For more info on stuttering-Please email me at Lori@allislandspeech.com www.allislandspeech.com


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