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Best tools to help teens and adults who stutter…

Many times I am asked what tools to use with stuttering.  Too many times people are looking at manuals and tools to cure stuttering. The truth is there are no immediate cures for stuttering. The positive is that I stuttered severely and can communicate clearly, more fluently and do not dread speaking. People need to talk about their interests.  I have several teens who stutter who love basketball, wrestling, baseball, hockey and we get our best results reading articles and discussion. An adult I treat is a professional photographer. We use his interests to work on fluency. It improves stuttering, confidence and listening. So ditch the manuals. Work on their interests. #stuttering #stop stuttering For more information please contact Lori@allislandspeech.com


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Why should adults who Stutter take the MPI 2 Stuttering?

Adults who stutter are tired of stuttering. They want to get the job they want. They want to stop hiding stuttering. They want to not fear getting stuck. I took the program and put over 30 adults through it. Reasons: It is more natural It is intensive I am teaching it and went through it I am a coach too It changes how you speak #stuttering #stop stuttering For more information and to contact Lori Melnitsky, a speech pathologist who overcame stuttering and was tired of stuttering too. www.allislandspeech.com


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Why I stutter but do not need breath support from speech pathologists….

All my life I have been told from speech pathologists, doctors and listeners to stop, calm down and breathe. Do you know the message this sends? It says..You are nervous, anxious and have a lung capacity issue. Wrong and so misunderstood. Even now when I am told this I tense up more, my breathing becomes abrupt and the stuttering increases. It is embarrassing, humiliating and teaching people who stutter the wrong way to help them. Yes our breathing might be disrupted but with the correct help to connect words, sentences, and become more confident speakers we can succeed. Taking a big deep breath will make your stuttering worse. Leave the breathing to the medical professionals if you have a a pulmonary medical issue. Leave the stuttering therapy to the specialists who can help make communication easier and effective. For more information please email Lori@allislandspeech.com www.allislandspeech.com #stuttering #stopstuttering


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Stuttering Misconceptions that will blow you away….

Stuttering is complex.  However many times people jumped to conclusions. As someone who stuttered severely and specializes in helping others who stutter , I am here to transform these statements into the truth: Common misconceptions: 1.People who stutter (PWS)  are nervous-false, anxiety could increase stuttering or stuttering could increase speaking fears but everyone is different. 2. People who Stutter (PWS) are unintelligent-false 3. People who Stutter need help finishing their sentences-false. It can increase stuttering. 4. PWS need others to say slow down or take a breath-also false. 5. PWS are all males-false-higher percentage in males but females can stutter too   For more information about stuttering, please visit www.allislandspeech.com or email Lori@allislandspeech.com  


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Mindfulness and Stuttering

Tips for Adults Who Stutter Send me the guideWe respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at anytime.Built with ConvertKit Mindfulness and Stuttering? Stuttering needs no introduction anymore. About 5 to 10% of all children are known to stutter at some point. While most children under age 6, with the help of therapy and the right treatment, will stop stuttering over a period of time. But for some, stuttering persists through adulthood. Mindfulness meditation is an approach used to assist both children and adult to be present and focused. What is mindfulness? Stuttering is often a exacerbated during high pressure and anxiety situations. With the help of mindfulness meditation, you are being trained to observe yourself closely at the moment. It creates awareness of your speech and how listeners respond to your conversations. Whether you stutter or not, mindfulness allows you to be present at the moment. The purpose of mindfulness is not […]


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Stuttering is fight or flight… We need to change our inner voice….

Put on those boxing gloves.  Time to push that word out at any cost and fight to the end.  I hear the words in my head.  Just let me push out that word.   I want to win and fight. Ultimately I lost more times than not. Many times I avoided eye contact, put my head down in shame and avoided. It is time to flee.  This lead to years of trying to hide my precious thoughts and not be heard. Stuttering therapy without un peeling the emotional  is not productive.  Stuttering therapy for older children and adults must address fight or flight. Stuttering therapy must unite our childhood inner voice to the message we want to produce. What is fight or flight? “The fight-or-flight response (also called hyper arousal or the acute stress response) is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival.” […]


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Practical Tips for Teens who Stutter to Facilitate Carryover…

  Teen Stuttering: Practical Suggestions for Carryover by Lori Melnitsky from New York, USA Improving fluency outside of the clinical setting is an immense challenge for both the client and the treating therapist. I often hear adults talk about feelings of failure as a result of not being able to improve their fluency at a younger age in conversational speaking situations. As a result, many have given up on speech therapy and view their past experiences as negative. Feelings of blame and guilt develop and it is truly not their fault. Practice groups are important in hopes of preventing inner feelings of guilt and to improve confidence in speaking. The importance of using fluency tools and effective communication strategies in functional communication situations cannot be stressed enough. Trying to decrease stuttering and be a part of the “fluent” world is an added stress, especially for a teenagers who are concerned […]


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What Joe Biden has taught us about stuttering…

Many of you have asked my opinion of Joe Biden in regard to stuttering so let me explain a few things.   First the word stutterer is a label. The preferred term is a person who stutters. It is also a person with ADHD, a person with autism, a person with a bad leg, a person with glasses, etc. Understanding this is key to respecting others.   People who stutter are as smart as anyone else. This is a life I have lead and I would be lying if I did not state it still pains me. Looking into the eyes and seeing bewilderment, laughter and confusion when I have stuttered is not a new concept. This is not new to me and the people I know who stutter. This is not new to Joe Biden. He can handle it. Interrupting and badgering someone who stutters might increase stuttering but […]


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Adult Stuttering -What is Prolonged Speech?

Adult Stuttering-What is Prolonged Speech? Most people want to stop stuttering.  In fact we pray to stop stuttering.  I am an adult who stuttered severely so I get it.  Did you know continuous movement and prolonged speech improve fluency?  If you say “III waaannt to eaaaat piiiza” you might be fluent with help but sound robotic. That is the problem. It is unnatural and hard to maintain. None of us want to be boring speakers and put others to sleep. We want to be heard and be “normal” speakers. We all want to learn how to stop stuttering. We all want to end tomorrow. When I was stuttering severely I took fluency programs that taught me how to talk more fluently and slow down to 2 seconds per syllable. I did this for 7 hours a day and then I went to one second.  I stopped at .5 seconds per […]


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Lori Melnitsky-Journey with Stuttering

Lori Melnitsky by Beverly Fortune on September 2, 2009 Lori Melnitsky has been stuttering since she was four years old. It was a long journey for her to get to where she is today: one of the rare stutterers to have recovered from a severe stuttering disorder that has gone on to become a successful fluency expert and speech pathologist in a private practice. “Back then it wasn’t talked about,” Lori says. “It was a very hidden topic and you were embarrassed by it. There was a tremendous amount of shame. I was never part of anything in school,” she says. “I went to speech therapy but didn’t speak. [My stutter] became worse and I couldn’t say my name, [when I tried] my head would jerk back.” “I don’t think many people know what [stuttering] is,” Lori explains. “It’s a communication disorder that is characterized by the disruption of the normal flow of […]


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