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Back to School Stuttering Tips and Presentations. Helpful hints…

This post was inspired by many concerned parents of teens who stutter and talking in class. It seems like there are more presentations expected of students these days.  I cannot lie. It is embarrassing to talk differently than others in front of  a class but it can be done. How do we know who is ready and who is not?   I am going to start with a generic answer. Every student is different. These are my suggestions. I had to do them in school too. Some went better than others but honestly I was rarely graded for the amount of times I raised my hand. Not everyone is an extrovert.  Any questions please email Lori@allislandspeech.com Educate the teacher. I would not educate the whole administration. Only the teacher. It is their journey. Not everyone has to know their journey. Have the student email and tell about themselves. Send a handout […]


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Why Private pay as opposed to school speech therapy?

I want to start by saying that I have worked in public schools before. I totally respect my school speech pathologists.  They work hard for our children and have huge caseloads. Many kids who stutter or receive Prompt therapy are in groups of 5.   It is vital for kids who stutter to have parents either in the session or available at the end to facilitate progress. The Lidcombe program which is used up to about age 7 or 8 requires parents to actively work with their children at home.  This is not a school program.  It is a disservice to your child to do this program without parents present. Prompt is hands on so it is not sanitary to have the therapist’s hands on 2 or 3 children. They need a high level of expertise and individual therapy. Not all school speech pathologists specialize. Schools cannot solve every speech or […]


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What type of support did I find most useful from my parents as a child who stuttered?

This was asked by a few parents of children who stutter.  As parents we always worry we are not doing enough for our children.  The good news is that most of do our best and our kids know that. Did my parents support me? Yes. Without a shadow of a doubt. My father stuttered as well. He also overcame and became a pharmacist.  He was and is my role model.  I was fortunate to work with him at the age of 13 which encouraged me to talk often as a cashier.  At one point he encouraged me to seek a job on my own.  I went on an interview and got a job at a local department store.   After three months I decided I preferred my dad and uncle’s store to work in.  Luckily they took me back.  Let’s face it, they had no choice-LOL.  My mother was extremely proactive […]


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Stuttering: Get me out of jail..

To my adults who stutter.. Like you many of you I struggled for many years stuttering. I was afraid to order a medium diet pepsi, say fill it up at the gas station or ask a simple question, like what time is it? It was kind of like being in speech jail. One day I was asked my birthday by a teacher in class. I could still hear the laughter as I said “I don’t know”. All I had to say was April 22 but the fear came on like a  huge wave was going to knock me down. I wanted to get out of the house of bondage but did have the “get out of jail” card.It is hard to believe because now my family and friends would say I am outspoken. What changed?Finding the right speech pathologist to help me. Believing in myself. Realizing that it was not all […]


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Stuttering: Get me out of jail..

To my adults who stutter.. Like you many of you I struggled for many years stuttering. I was afraid to order a medium diet pepsi, say fill it up at the gas station or ask a simple question, like what time is it? It was kind of like being in speech jail. One day I was asked my birthday by a teacher in class. I could still hear the laughter as I said “I don’t know”. All I had to say was April 22 but the fear came on like a  huge wave was going to knock me down. I wanted to get out of the house of bondage but did have the “get out of jail” card.It is hard to believe because now my family and friends would say I am outspoken. What changed?Finding the right speech pathologist to help me. Believing in myself. Realizing that it was not all […]


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Apraxia and Stuttering?

This past year I witnessed two children ages 4 and 5 each entered my practice with a diagnosis of Childhood Apraxia of Speech and subsequently stuttering. Both were highly unintelligible.  The term makes parents very nervous.  This is a good description what it means: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/childhood-apraxia-of-speech/symptoms-causes/syc-20352045 It is interesting as both of these children went through the Lidcombe Program for stuttering and became increasingly more fluent, intelligibility improved. Both have oral motor dysfunction but are sending less apraxic or dyspraxic. So what happened? How did their language improve and articulation issues decrease. yes, PROMPT helped but the stuttering definitely caused difficulties the language development. So do not wait! Please seek help early. Lori@allislandspeech.com


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Day 1 of MPI 2 Program-To help with stuttering

Day 1 consists of reading to reduce short bursts of phonation. It is the start of a journey and regression is not possible because it is done a little at a time. We work up to improving fluency and the journey continues over a 9 month process. Who is this program for? Someone 18 or older who wants to improve fluency and is internally motivated. Someone who has two hour a day for approximately ten days to work on fluency and confidence. Enrollment is based upon a consult with Lori Melnitsky.  Lori explains the program and provides an assessment to determine if the program meets your needs. Please email Lori@allislandspeech.com for more information. www.mpi2.com  


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Talking about Stuttering is not fun..What do we do?

I recently received an email from a speech pathologist who was concerned about a teenager who stutters on her caseload. I was thrilled she asked how to help. She observed this 11 year old was not talking too much or not interested in exploring the topic of stuttering. So what do we do? Children get a ton of questions from their parents and even at my age my mom likes to know what is going on. I work part time in a high school and the last thing they want me doing is asking questions about their lives. They love talking about their strengths, sports or cars. It is up to me to find ways of encouraging them without making stuttering the highlight of their lives. The truth is people who stutter want to talk. Most people do not like talking about things that bother them, ex: weight, poor hearing […]


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New intensive programs for stuttering? Let’s make Fluency Happen….

Customized Programs to Improve Fluency – Together We Will Improve!     My goal as a speech pathologist who overcame a severe stuttering disorder as an adult is to create customized programs to improve your fluency and to see the changes you desire. We work together to determine how to reach your goals.   EXCITING NEW PROGRAMS: Customized Programs to Improve Fluency-Together We Will Improve! (please put in bold. All offered by an experienced speech pathologist and stuttering specialist who overcame a severe stuttering disorder to help others. We will work together to reach your goals.   Weekly Sessions : This program is customized to your needs and involves sessions that are 2 hours each. This is ideal for someone who needs to significantly improve fluency in a short period of time.   Step up: 8 week Program: This program involves 8 weekly 1-hour sessions or 4 bi-weekly 1-hour sessions. This […]


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