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 […]
Lidcombe Stuttering Therapy for Preschool Children Comes to Long Island Don’t Wait to get help.. Stuttering in Children… Many children experience periods of disfluency or stuttering between the ages of 2 ½ and 5. These children are often described as “anxious” or “nervous because the words do not flow easily out of their mouth. Parents understandably become upset and are unsure of where to turn. Pediatricians often say they will outgrow it and there is no reason to worry. In the meantime, both child and parents become frustrated. Parents are NOT to blame for stuttering and require support. The goal of the Lidcombe program is to train parents to deliver the treatment in their child’s environment on a daily basis. It involves weekly visits to a speech language pathologist trained in this program and follow up activities at home. The basic therapy is individualized for each child […]
Great handout from Super Duper Inc. Handy Handouts® Literacy Milestones: Should My Child Be Reading? by Abby Sakovich M.S., CCC-SLP In today’s fast-paced education world, it can often feel that children must make a switch from learning to read to reading to learn. In truth, the transition from learning to read to reading for information should occur simultaneously. It is important for both educators and parents to remember that children enter school with different levels of exposure to the printed word and each child will reach literacy milestones at different times. Preschool children ages 3-4 should begin to… identify familiar signs/labels (e.g., grocery story sign). participate in rhyming activities and identify some letter-sound combinations. understand that print carries a message and attempt to use letters to represent meaningful words. enjoy listening to and talking about storybooks and make attempts to read and write. Children age 5 (Kindergarten) should… enjoy being […]
In honor of National Stuttering Awareness Week and a special thank you to Marcia for reminding me to blog. Yes, when you first start prolonging speech it can sound unnatural but honestly so is stuttering to the uneducated listener. It did change my life. It encourages a slower start and lets your vocal folds vibrate easier. Some need it on more words than others. Some need proper breath control and some do not. There are various ways to help people who stutter. Lori@allislandspeech.com
Recently I contacted a few well known CEU companies about offering Stuttering/Fluency CEU courses. I have spoken at LISHA, taught at LIU and have been on radio and TV shows about stuttering. I also have spoken at the National Stuttering Association. I have been told by many that the demand for stuttering continuing ed courses is limited and many are hesitant to offer it for fear of limited enrollment. When I spoke at LISHA we had over 90 participants. When I have done informal talks with minimal advertising I have gotten over 25 parents. How can this be that the atmosphere is that people will not be interested? Have no fear… My alma mater, Hofstra University, is willing to sponsor a CEU event but I worry about the future. Who will learn about these wonderful fluency programs that many not be available in schools but are here to help? […]
Many times I get calls for specific programs..Lidcombe, MPI. Most want to know if I can stop stuttering. I hear the panic in voices and even over email. I have learned over the years that no children or adults are alike. Many of these approaches have shown great improvement and in the case of Lidcombe I have seen early childhood stuttering eliminated often. However no one wants their child treated like a recipe. It is important to meet the individual, talk to the parents and discover what their unique child needs. That is what makes us specialists in what we do. Lori@allislandspeech.com
Today I went into Mattlin Middle School in Plainview, NY to talk about stuttering education to sixty 5th grade students. Interestingly, my daughter wanted me to come in because she thought it was important that the students learned that despite growing up with a severe stuttering disorder, I battled back to become a speech/language pathologist specializing in stuttering disorders. It was a wonderful experience. It gave me the opportunity to educate the children on stuttering, tolerance and spend time with my daughter. It was an incredible experience and I plan to continue talking to schools.