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 […]
Holidays often bring stress and often torture for young people and adults with ADHD. How many of us feel scattered and overwhelmed at this time? We lose things, feel anxious and often do things we think we “should” do and not what we want to do. Non stop holiday parties and shopping can be overstimulating. Computer surfing can be draining. These are the three best tips for surviving holidays… 1. Find ten min to shop and then get off the computer. 2. Do not go to parties that you are not interested in. Find joy in who you love. 3. Keep focused and make lists. For more information on how I can help you please email me at Lori@allislandspeech.com Please visit www.allislandspeech.com for more information on ADHD and Life Coaching.. #ADHDcoaching #lifecoaching
Let’s be honest public speaking can be terrifying. It is said people fear it more than death. How can it be? Let me share a story with you that petrified me… When I first started private practice I was asked to speak to small groups of parents on speech related topics. My head would start to pound with anxiety. Sweating palms and a nervous stomach filled my days in anticipation of these events. The preparation was always worse than the event. I built up to teaching at a university and three hour workshops. This is what I learned: 1, Visualize the audience and practice. Read into a recorder and listen back. 2. Pause often. Allow for some silence. 3. Look beyond the audience. Scan the audience. 4. Use visuals and take the concentration off yourself. 5. Talk with power. Take some breaths before you start. Bottom line public speaking […]
School and life can be a challenge for people with ADHD/ADD. It’s difficult to focus and learn but there are ways that you can help them if you are a teacher or parent. One of the best things is being compassionate and allowing imperfection. It is about seeing their strengths beyond the classroom. It is about listening to their words and message. It is about being positive and encouraging. 1. Create Positive Outcomes with Powerful Words: You should work closely with a students to develop a positive outcomes. Children with ADHD/ADD often have problems with thinking about future success. It is a challenge for them to see beyond the moment. These are some ideas that might help. Use positive words, ie: I see you are trying hard, I hear you. Also implementing a notebook with goals for the day with multiple checkpoints like get up and start another task within […]
Understand ADHD/ADD to help the college student to develop goals: It is that time of the year when millions of young people are moving away from the built-in structure and safety net they call home to the freedoms of college life. To many, this is an exciting time filled with loads of possibilities, where one can learn and grow. It can also present new challenges, anxiety and being overwhelmed especially to those who have attention-deficit /hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Greater responsibilities, numerous distractions, less structured time and completely new social situations are some of the new challenges that characterize this environment. To make it even more challenging is the fact that the previous support system that may have been present in your high school or home are lacking. All is not lost as several strategies can assist an ADHD student keep on track despite the new developments. ADHD,, also referred […]
Can stuttering or stammering stop? This is a question that I am asked often. Can someone stop stuttering. The truth is I have met many adults who have stopped or who stutter very mildly. They have gone through intensive therapy and stopped stuttering over the years, I was told to not believe this and I would stutter for the rest of my life. Yet there are days I speak very fluently and have learned how to use continuous movement with stuttering. This is not black and white. Stuttering is impacted by many complex situations so we have to evaluate and analyze each person one by one. What to do? Seek help. I was petrified of talking. The fear almost ruined my life. I finally found people who understood stuttering and my life changed. Do not let fear of stuttering overtake you. If past experiences did not help you keep going […]
Many years ago when I was an accountant I had interviews while stuttering severely or what I perceived as severe difficulty communicating. I was a pro at substituting words and avoiding as not to stutter. I would not dare disclosing that I stuttered at that time. Interestingly I got many jobs despite the challenges of free expression. I believe these are a few of the reasons why… I established eye contact. I was confident in what I said. I even got a job as a computer assistant by just not the language. I am persuasive. If you are interested in coaching, speech therapy or a webinar to help you please email Lori@allislandspeech.com I can also coach you through difficult situations. Together we can succeed.