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Understanding preschool stuttering….

STUTTERING IN YOUNG CHILDREN Tips parents need to know. by LORI MELNITSKY, MA, CCC-SLP posted in CHILD DEVELOPMENT Isn’t it wonderful that some of our best learning stems from personal experiences? Many years ago, my 2½-year-old daughter came home from a sleepover at her grandparent’s house. She was repeating whole words and phrases. Additionally, she was prolonging sounds in words (“ssssssand”) and seemingly unaware of how she sounded. As a speech/language pathologist who stutters, I knew that many children experience stuttering or disfluencies at an early age. Still, as any parent would be, I was concerned and worried. Many questions had to be answered. I admit, my gut reaction was to say all the wrong things to my daughter that I had heard early in my childhood, such as “slow down,” “breathe,” “say the words over” and “don’t be nervous.” However, I knew these suggestions, though all well-intended, were more harmful than helpful. […]


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Why adults who stutter should consider speech therapy?

Many of us who stutter have gone for some type of speech therapy in our lives.  Some positive and some not. Insurance is an issue for many of us as it is often not covered. I understand it is frustrating when one thing does not work but I can tell you I tried many things before I found a combination of various strategies involving fluency and public speaking as well as positive coaching with a little NLP involved. It was basically a mixture of ice cream, steak and potatoes until I found out what worked. I never gave up and never will. However I have to ask don’t we as adults deserve help? Do we have to invest only in our kids and give up on self care? Today a young man who took an intensive stuttering program told me he had not talked fluently since the age of 3. […]


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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


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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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