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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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What causes stuttering?

What Causes Stuttering?   (This was adapted from the Stuttering Foundation of America) Stuttering Facts and Information What is stuttering? Stuttering is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions (li-li-like this), prolongations (lllllike this), or abnormal stoppages (no sound) of sounds and syllables. There may also be unusual facial and body movements associated with the effort to speak. Stuttering is also referred to as stammering. What causes stuttering? There are four factors most likely to contribute to the development of stuttering: genetics (approximately 60% of those who stutter have a family member who does also); child development (children with other speech and language problems or developmental delays are more likely to stutter); neurophysiology (recent neurological research has shown that people who stutter process speech and language slightly differently than those who do not stutter); and family dynamics (high expectations and fast-paced lifestyles can contribute to stuttering). […]


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How can you help your child who stutters over tele health…

During these stressful times stuttering can increase. Even in a pandemic stuttering can be helped.   Despite homework and chaos, children deserve to communicate. If your child is stuttering several things can be done to get them help. These include: Reduce questions…comment more.. Allow more time to speak..pause before answering Do not interrupt Do not allow them to interrupt you Help them phrase out your words… Positive praise Take turns Keep good eye contact If you are interested in our Lidcombe Plus parent program please email Lori@allislandspeech.com www.allislandspeech.com  


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Tips to reduce stuttering for adults….

Whether you are in therapy now or not there are some things you can do to reduce stuttering…. Pause often Ease into words.. Remember you are the speaker…take command of the conversation Look the speaker in the eye.. Disclose your stuttering if you feel comfortable


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Masks-The impact on communication, speech and hearing…It will be huge..

The real and new truth is this.. We will all have to have more patient now. Of course wearing masks is essential for our health but it does create communication and hearing issues. It has become our new normal. I just came back from the supermarket, which has been a stressful experience for all. I While ordering items from the deli counter I realized people were repeating items three times due to the fact that it is harder to project or see lips. People who are are hearing impaired often read lips. Well, those days are gone. People who stutter need airflow to talk and it is harder to breathe in masks. Someone who suffered a stroke might get frustrated if not understood. People have asthma, kids have oral motor issues or apraxia. The list goes on and on. It is also a little scary not recognizing people. With that […]


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Stuttering and fluency therapy in a Pandemic…Yes it is important…

Yes.. stuttering can be helped even in a pandemic… During this crazy and scary time it is easy to freeze in time. I get it and it is unpredictable but the truth is we will need communication when this is over and when isolated it is even more important to talk.  It helps to talk with more fluency and express how we feel. I remember the days when I felt alone and got stuck on every word out of my mouth from stuttering. Our intensive programs are discounted and I truly hope you are staying safe. Please take care of yourself… Lori@allislandspeech.com www.allislandspeech.com #stopstuttering #adultstutteringtherapy #MPI2stuttering #stutteringtherapy    


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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?


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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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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 […]


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