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How to build confidence…..

  Confidence is a skill that can be learned and taught.  There is a common misconception that confidence is a personality trait.  It is accessible within each and every one of us. Unfortunately, most people look outside of themselves to attempt to find it. They look who has more money, who appears to be happier and more confident who speaks better than them or who has a bigger house. Truthfully is within all of us in some form.  It is attainable. Confidence evolves over time. Confidence has to be worked on.  Self talk has to be addressed to change habits and listen to ourselves.  If we were training for a marathon we would start small.  It is the same with confidence.  That inner voice inside of us has to be transformed to build strength. Ultimately, a life well-lived is one that is grounded in confident thinking, courageous action and a […]


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Stuttering Misconceptions that will blow you away….

Stuttering is complex.  However many times people jumped to conclusions. As someone who stuttered severely and specializes in helping others who stutter , I am here to transform these statements into the truth: Common misconceptions: 1.People who stutter (PWS)  are nervous-false, anxiety could increase stuttering or stuttering could increase speaking fears but everyone is different. 2. People who Stutter (PWS) are unintelligent-false 3. People who Stutter need help finishing their sentences-false. It can increase stuttering. 4. PWS need others to say slow down or take a breath-also false. 5. PWS are all males-false-higher percentage in males but females can stutter too   For more information about stuttering, please visit www.allislandspeech.com or email Lori@allislandspeech.com  


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Mindfulness and Stuttering

Tips for Adults Who Stutter Send me the guideWe respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at anytime.Built with ConvertKit Mindfulness and Stuttering? Stuttering needs no introduction anymore. About 5 to 10% of all children are known to stutter at some point. While most children under age 6, with the help of therapy and the right treatment, will stop stuttering over a period of time. But for some, stuttering persists through adulthood. Mindfulness meditation is an approach used to assist both children and adult to be present and focused. What is mindfulness? Stuttering is often a exacerbated during high pressure and anxiety situations. With the help of mindfulness meditation, you are being trained to observe yourself closely at the moment. It creates awareness of your speech and how listeners respond to your conversations. Whether you stutter or not, mindfulness allows you to be present at the moment. The purpose of mindfulness is not […]


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How to accurately conduct a stuttering assessment in children:

Stuttering is complex and a challenge to assess.  Many speech pathologists have not met anyone who stutters and barely learned about it in graduate school.  Stuttering involves uncovering the many layers of emotions as well. For the speech-language pathologists it is not too late to learn. What do we do first? Case History: We need to gather background information. Is there history of stuttering in family? Any medical information? How old was the patient when stuttering started? Has stuttering increased over time? Any prior therapy? Did it help? Is stuttering affecting their life? Any co-morbid diagnoses or medication taken? How? Parent Report: Talk to the parent. Gather a video or audio sample from home.  Talk to the teacher and ask if the child is talking in class. This is sometimes hard to gauge as not all children participate in school. Assess Fluency and Stuttering: The Stuttering Severity Instrument (SSI-4) provides […]


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Stuttering is fight or flight… We need to change our inner voice….

Put on those boxing gloves.  Time to push that word out at any cost and fight to the end.  I hear the words in my head.  Just let me push out that word.   I want to win and fight. Ultimately I lost more times than not. Many times I avoided eye contact, put my head down in shame and avoided. It is time to flee.  This lead to years of trying to hide my precious thoughts and not be heard. Stuttering therapy without un peeling the emotional  is not productive.  Stuttering therapy for older children and adults must address fight or flight. Stuttering therapy must unite our childhood inner voice to the message we want to produce. What is fight or flight? “The fight-or-flight response (also called hyper arousal or the acute stress response) is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival.” […]


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Practical Tips for Teens who Stutter to Facilitate Carryover…

  Teen Stuttering: Practical Suggestions for Carryover by Lori Melnitsky from New York, USA Improving fluency outside of the clinical setting is an immense challenge for both the client and the treating therapist. I often hear adults talk about feelings of failure as a result of not being able to improve their fluency at a younger age in conversational speaking situations. As a result, many have given up on speech therapy and view their past experiences as negative. Feelings of blame and guilt develop and it is truly not their fault. Practice groups are important in hopes of preventing inner feelings of guilt and to improve confidence in speaking. The importance of using fluency tools and effective communication strategies in functional communication situations cannot be stressed enough. Trying to decrease stuttering and be a part of the “fluent” world is an added stress, especially for a teenagers who are concerned […]


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What Joe Biden has taught us about stuttering…

Many of you have asked my opinion of Joe Biden in regard to stuttering so let me explain a few things.   First the word stutterer is a label. The preferred term is a person who stutters. It is also a person with ADHD, a person with autism, a person with a bad leg, a person with glasses, etc. Understanding this is key to respecting others.   People who stutter are as smart as anyone else. This is a life I have lead and I would be lying if I did not state it still pains me. Looking into the eyes and seeing bewilderment, laughter and confusion when I have stuttered is not a new concept. This is not new to me and the people I know who stutter. This is not new to Joe Biden. He can handle it. Interrupting and badgering someone who stutters might increase stuttering but […]


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An overview of cluttering as a speech disorder…

When speech becomes cluttered with faulty phrases, repetitions, fillers, unrelated words, and unintelligible terms, it leads to a communication disorder. With cluttering, speech becomes difficult to understand, and people speak at a rapid rate. This fluency pattern makes it difficult for listeners to understand the style of speaking. There’s an irregular rhythm, marked by inappropriate pauses along with unfinished words and sentences. Although, during conversations they are asked to repeat often, people with cluttering issues are unaware of their deficits. Stuttering and cluttering are closely related to fluency disorders and can also co-exist. With the help of an experienced speech-language pathologist, they can easily help you identify the communication disorder and develop a treatment plan. Free Download: 4 Assessments for Stuttering Handout Assessment for cluttering Speech therapy for cluttering must be customized to the needs of the person seeking treatment. As per the cluttering assessment paper published by Yvonne van […]


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What is the Lidcombe Program For Childhood Stuttering?

What is the Lidcombe Program for Stuttering? (with Lori Melnitsky,  MA CCC-SLP, Stuttering Specialist) www.allislandspeech.com 516-776-0184   Basic facts: (Please note this is not a recipe and must be modified with your help) The Lidcombe Program is a behavioral treatment for children who stutter who are younger than 7 years. It may be suitable for some older children. (ages 8 to 9 with modifications). The program takes its name from the suburb of Sydney where the Australian Stuttering Research Centre was located. Free Download: At-Home Verbal Contingencies for Parents How is the treatment administered: The treatment is administered by a parent or caregiver in the child’s everyday environment. Parents learn how to do the treatment during weekly visits to the speech-language pathologist. During these visits, the speech-language pathologist teaches the parent by demonstrating various aspects of the treatment, observing the parent do the treatment, and giving parents helpful hints about […]


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Suggested 504 Accomodations for Students who Stutter…

Accommodations for Students who Stutter……. Stuttering occurs when there are disruptions in fluency or flow of speech. With slight accommodations for students who stutter, teachers can make them feel more comfortable in the education scene. When in class, it’s normal for students who stutter to feel nervous, embarrassed, and frustrated. They experience stress and emotional tension. When a teacher is confronted with such a student, they often don’t know what accommodations they can make in the classroom to help these students adapt to the learning culture by minimizing their difficulties and stress for talking. Not all students need these accommodations. It is perfectly acceptable to stutter and talk. Free Download: 6 Tips for Accommodating Students Who Stutter Handout Tips for teachers to make accommodations for students who stutter It’s imperative to provide your students, especially the ones with challenging communication difficulties all the necessary help and support they ask for. […]


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