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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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How do I reach the adults who stutter? A Plea for help…

A Plea from me for help spreading the word… If you know any teens (ages 17 or older) or adults please let them know there is help out there for stuttering. Offering researched and evidenced based fluency therapy along with coaching them on confidence and public speaking is a huge plus at this age. The more intensive the more progress they see.  Please help me spread the word.  We offer the effective and natural speaking Modifying Phonation Interval-2 (MPI-2) program, our Step up to Fluency Program and so much more. Please email me at Lori@allislandspeech.com for more information.   A Special Thank you to all the Speech Pathologists who help spread stuttering and speech awareness. http://www.mpi2.com https://www.allislandspeech.com  


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What is the MPI-2 Stuttering Program?

What is the MPI-2 Program? It stands for Modifying Phonation Intervals.  It is an evidenced researched based stuttering treatment program for adults.  It is a program I have used with other adults ages 17 and older with remarkable results.  It is an intensive ten day program offered over 2 weeks (usually two hours per day) to improve fluency in a naturally sounding way. What is the research behind it? I was fortunate to be trained and certified by Dr. Roger Ingham himself who researched many years at the University of Santa Barbara (USB)  to develop this program.  Research has revealed that people who stutter produce short phonation intervals (meaning voicing of sounds is too rapid) and this increases stuttering.  If these short phonation intervals can be reduced by increasing the intervals, stuttering can be gradually reduced.  In short we do this with the use of an app that is customized […]


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New Innovative MPI-2 Stuttering Treatment Program

NEW STUTTERING THERAPY OFFERED AT ALL ISLAND SPEECH AND STUTTERING THERAPY-BOTH IN PERSON AND VIA TELE-THERAPY:  MPI-2 The MPI-2  (Modified Phonation Interval) Stuttering Treatment Program is the latest researched based program for adults and teenagers who stutter.  Read this testimonial of a medical doctor who completed the program with our center: “I’ve stuttered since I was 4 years old. I went through all the experiences that people who stutter go through and that the rest of the world has no idea about.   Scared to meet new people because I won’t be able to say my name. Scared to order the dish in the restaurant that I wanted and instead ordered the one that was easier to say.  Scared to death of oral presentations in school. Despite my stuttering I got into medical school.  I would get top scores in all the written tests and get barely passing grades in anything […]


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Superman or Tigger? Who would you choose?

The truth is the evidence for childhood stuttering isn’t great.  As a result I can only tell you what I have seen and sometimes hands on experience helps you learn more than what research can tell you. I have seen so many great success stories and  I am not sure where to start. Let’s all the remember the goal of childhood stuttering to try and eliminate stuttering or reduce to a mild level so the child can communicate freely without fear or holding back. We must keep the child talking so the fear of stuttering doesn’t impact their ability to communicate now and in the future. I cannot lie that I did avoid talking at one point in my life but that was because of the judgements of the world around me and not because of speech therapy.  All my speech pathologists encouraged me to talk regardless of stuttering. I […]


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The best phone call I received this month..

Today on a rainy day I received a call from a teenager who stutters in his first year of college.   I first met Brandon when he was approximately 13.   I was surprised but so happy to hear his voice.  He sounded like a young man and not a kid anymore. He spoke with grace and confidence. He proceeded to tell me that I inspired him to get a job from a you tube video I made on stuttering. I talked about how working helped me overcome my fear of speaking.  Sometimes I wonder who watches my videos but now I know. The truth is Brandon inspired me early on.  He was a hard worker with very supportive parents. Stuttering was a challenge but he worked hard not only on the physical aspect of stuttering but the emotional aspect. He appeared on a Fios 1 segment with me.  Talking […]


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