Categories for Lidcombe Stuttering

Understanding preschool stuttering….

STUTTERING IN YOUNG CHILDREN Tips parents need to know. by LORI MELNITSKY, MA, CCC-SLP posted in CHILD DEVELOPMENT Isn’t it wonderful that some of our best learning stems from personal experiences? Many years ago, my 2½-year-old daughter came home from a sleepover at her grandparent’s house. She was repeating whole words and phrases. Additionally, she was prolonging sounds in words (“ssssssand”) and seemingly unaware of how she sounded. As a speech/language pathologist who stutters, I knew that many children experience stuttering or disfluencies at an early age. Still, as any parent would be, I was concerned and worried. Many questions had to be answered. I admit, my gut reaction was to say all the wrong things to my daughter that I had heard early in my childhood, such as “slow down,” “breathe,” “say the words over” and “don’t be nervous.” However, I knew these suggestions, though all well-intended, were more harmful than helpful. […]


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2020 brings a fluency program for adults who stutter to talk fluently: a 17 year old talks…

My initial intake of 17 year old Bruce , a junior in high school: To the listener he stuttered mildly. Inside he was suffering and changing words constantly to talk.  The fear of stuttering was enormous and was causing emotional damage. Me: Why do you want an intensive stuttering program? Bruce: Because I cannot talk to my friends or say my name. I feel my palms sweat. I run out of the class when I am called on. I want to go to college and not hide.  I need to be able to say my name. He asked me this…What is the point of doing well in school if I cannot talk? two months later: Me: Did the course help you? Bruce: Lori, I asked a girl to the prom. My palms do not sweat. I can say my name. I work hard to practice. I cannot thank you enough.. […]


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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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