Categories for MPI stuttering


Top questions to ask speech pathologists if your child stutters so they succeed?

Did you know only one percent of the population stutters? Did you know that most of  graduate students do not work with anyone who stutters in their careers? It takes time to change speech patterns.  If your child is under 7 parents should be in the speech room because Lidcombe is the best therapy out there. What should you ask? What is your experience with stuttering? How many years have you worked with stuttering? How can you help my child?


Read More →

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. […]


Read More →

Top reasons high school students who stutter should consider intensive fluency therapy..

It is no secret that I stuttered severely from the age of 4 and did not talk in class ever, not even in my masters program.   I did not even speak up when a professor announced that the suicide rate  must be higher with people who stutter.  It infuriated me.  My friends looked at me and begged me to speak up.  I could not. I would not. I hung my head in shame. The insurmountable fear of stuttering and silence coming out of my mouth was unimaginable. So now I am saying it and would say at any conference that is not true. When I was teaching I made that clear to my students.  The point was I was trapped in silence.   The truth is I did not know any fluency tools in school.  No one understood and I was hiding.  Fortunately I had my father as a positive […]


Read More →

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  


Read More →

My Middle school child stutters…what do I do?

The National Stuttering Association is a great support organization that helped me overcome my fear of public speaking. It is especially important to the middle school child who stutters… We all know how hard these years can be and it is important they are not alone.. Remember to accept who they are. They can improve fluency but confidence is so key at this age. Praise their accomplishments. ‘Tweens/Middle School  


Read More →

Ten fun facts about stuttering or stammering….

Ten fun facts about stuttering or stammering…. People who stutter are as smart as anyone else.. People who stutter are just people who happen to stutter at times We do not want to be interrupted Do not feel sorry for us.. we are people who want to be listened to.. We do not stutter because we are nervous People do not stutter when they sing.. It is not anyone’s fault that you stutter.. More boys stutter than girls One percent of the population stutters.. Many people who stutter do not like saying their name… For more info on stuttering-Please email me at Lori@allislandspeech.com www.allislandspeech.com


Read More →

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 […]


Read More →