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Helping your toddler talk..

Encourage your child to use words: Offer choices- Do you want an apple or orange? Praise-I love how you said that. Take ten minutes for one on one time.  -do a puzzle, read a book. Blow bubbles If you are concerned about your child’s speech please email Lori@allislandspeech.com www.allislandspeech.com


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I believe in improving fluency…MPI

I believe in this program. Improving fluency changed my life.  If I can overcame stuttering so can  you. Try MPI Stuttering.. Check out these amazing videos…. Before and After – Videos  


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Why are children who stutter being told to breath?

This is a pet peeve of mine. Why are young kids being told to breathe? Adults can barely coordinate this process and it is almost impossible to use in conversational speech. I can understand easy starts and stretching but not breathing. If your child is being taught this it can often increase stuttering. Please visit www.allislandspeech.com for more help.


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Lidcombe Stuttering…

Lidcombe Program for Early Childhood/Preschool Stuttering (ages 3 to 7)   How can the Lidcombe Stuttering Program help your child? The Lidcombe Program is a highly successful evidenced based behavioral treatment program that was designed for young children who stutter and their families. The objective of this program is to try and eliminate stuttering in young children in a fun, systematic and structured manner. Therapy is provided to the child by Lori Melnitsky, Lidcombe Certified speech pathologist with over 20 years experience in stuttering/fluency therapy. Parents are taught to work with their children daily to decrease stuttering. Parents will feel empowered helping their child speak more fluently. This program is ideal for children ages 3 to 7. In order for children to improve fluency at this age parents must use a structured approach and be involved daily. It is important to address stuttering early and NOT to wait. We can help […]


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Fast ForWord Reading.. Sign up today

Fast ForWord is a home based computer educational software program that dramatically improves language and reading skills. This innovative program strengthens pathways to the brain, helps children learn, process directions, and improve attention and memory skills. This is monitored by us on a weekly basis to make adjustments and assess gains as needed. We have seen huge gains using this program specifically with processing, phonological awareness, sequencing and attention. An online reading intervention, Fast ForWord uses the principles of brain science to treat the underlying cause of language and reading difficulties. Exercise your brain to learn to read! It really works! www.allislandspeech.com


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School Age Stuttering

Summer is often the best time to begin therapy and make changes. Call Lori today 516-776-0184 Friday, January 8, 2010- reposted May 11, 2017 The label stutterer vs a person who stutters Today I received a call from a parent of a child who stutters.  This week happened to be an unusually difficult speech week for me as I had trouble sleeping at night.  As a result I had to focus even more on my fluency tools but also realized the world was not going to end if I stuttered.  As I spoke to this mother, she asked if I used to be a stutterer. I answered that I still was.  Usually I don’t care if people use the word stutterer or person who stutters, but this time I did.  I felt like it was asked with judgement and the fact that I was a successful speech pathologist was being ignored.  I don’t have […]


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Preschool Stuttering: My feelings on Lidcombe Program for Stuttering

Happy Day 3 of Stuttering Awareness Week… In the early years  upon first becaming a speech pathologist I was never sure the exact approach to treat childhood stuttering. I also believed in a model called demands and capacity which was developed by Woody Starkweather.  It basically states the more demands you can decrease in a child’s life the more capacity for fluent speech. For example, if  a child has siblings and they are all competing for their parent’s attention than the capacity for fluent speech diminishes because they have to rush to get the words out. The home environment  often does play a role in stuttering.  Changing the environment might not stop stuttering but it will help the child feel more comfortable speaking. Over ten years ago I was trained in the Lidcombe Program.  (btw-Lidcombe is a suburb in Australia). I was very eager to learn a more structured way […]


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