Categories for Lidcombe Stuttering

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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Case study: 4 year old severe stuttering and apraxia diagnosis…

Do we treat stuttering first? Do we treat oral motor, articulation first? Do we ignore stuttering? Do we ignore the fragmented language? What do we do first? Stuttering in itself is so complex…How do we deal with both? I wanted to share a case study with you and hope some of these tips help… In April of 2019 a young man I will call Max came to see me.   Max was a little over 4 and aware of his speech difficulties.  Parents were unsure of which direction to take.  He was previously diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech and I agreed with this. His language was at the three word level. Eye grimaces, eye contact avoidance, missing syntax, repeating syllables and words were evident.  Max was stuttering on 82 percent of his words.  That means 82 out of 100 words were dysfluent.  I am breaking that down because that is […]


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Speech Pathologist and Stuttering Specialist nominated for Best of Long Island 2020…

Wow… I never thought I would become a speech pathologist let alone be nominated. Follow your dreams…I am so excited and honored for this nomination. Voting starts October 1. For those of you nominated me a huge thank you. Speech is my life and it is my passion to help others so this means so much to me. Congrats to all the nominees.. https://mailchi.mp/da5de3ea5786/bolinoms-1034341?e=089a5b7605  


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Mindset is important for adults who stutter…

Mindset and Stuttering… I have to say I get many calls and emails from people who stutter who tried x, y and z with no success with improving fluency. I also am told they took a course and failed. My mindset was the same years ago. I went to a three week intensive stuttering course. Coming home I felt like an amateur performer. It was a balancing act of trying to be fluent while everyone praised me. Then I couldn’t do it anymore and “failed”. Did I sound so terrible stuttering?  I guess so because I was now getting not stop praise for fluency. What went wrong? Mindset. Simple. I expected a miracle and they promised it. I would finally have my dream of fluency. When I stuttered I beat myself up. What’s different? I took x,y and z. Learned what worked and didn’t from hundreds I have worked with. […]


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Stuttering can hurt physically and mentally…

Can stuttering hurt? As many of you know I stuttered severely when I was younger. I can honestly say it hurt. I would run out of breath from the early age of 4. At that time no one knew how to deal with stuttering. My lips would pucker so much it was painful. My head would hurt to get the words out. My heart would ache because I could not say what I want so I started to hide. I hid in the bathroom at school. I hid when I had to say my name. I knew how to speak louder to express myself, which seemed to improve fluency.   What mattered to me in school? In school I honestly was not concerned about grades. I just wanted to speak without stuttering. I would write in my diary that I wanted to stop stuttering. Nothing mattered more than talking. When […]


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Testimonials Lori Melnitsky

Lori is unbelievable in what she does. I have seen first hand how well she worked with my wife and changed her life around. Stuttering, especially for adults, can be debilitating. Lori is masterful as a stutter coach and I highly recommend her to anyone that has speech needs. July 8 Lori is an experienced and compassionate Speech-Language Pathologist. She’d had a huge amount of success and continues to work hard to achieve the results that her clients come in seeking. I highly recommend Lori’s services to all. May 15 Lori is experienced and compassionate, she knows what a parent is going through and gently guides them to a place of well being with her listening and coaching. I highly recommend Lori as Life Coach that truly gives you her all. Grateful to know her, she is a blessing. If you need support, she is your gal! April 9


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