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Why Private pay as opposed to school speech therapy?

I want to start by saying that I have worked in public schools before. I totally respect my school speech pathologists.  They work hard for our children and have huge caseloads. Many kids who stutter or receive Prompt therapy are in groups of 5.   It is vital for kids who stutter to have parents either in the session or available at the end to facilitate progress. The Lidcombe program which is used up to about age 7 or 8 requires parents to actively work with their children at home.  This is not a school program.  It is a disservice to your child to do this program without parents present. Prompt is hands on so it is not sanitary to have the therapist’s hands on 2 or 3 children. They need a high level of expertise and individual therapy. Not all school speech pathologists specialize. Schools cannot solve every speech or […]


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Superman or Tigger? Who would you choose?

The truth is the evidence for childhood stuttering isn’t great.  As a result I can only tell you what I have seen and sometimes hands on experience helps you learn more than what research can tell you. I have seen so many great success stories and  I am not sure where to start. Let’s all the remember the goal of childhood stuttering to try and eliminate stuttering or reduce to a mild level so the child can communicate freely without fear or holding back. We must keep the child talking so the fear of stuttering doesn’t impact their ability to communicate now and in the future. I cannot lie that I did avoid talking at one point in my life but that was because of the judgements of the world around me and not because of speech therapy.  All my speech pathologists encouraged me to talk regardless of stuttering. I […]


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How I became a Speech Pathologist…

Never say never. I was not the best student in high school. I was unsure what I wanted and stuttered severely. Please read. I am not doing teen life coaching and of course stuttering and speech therapy.  Please email me at Lori@allislandspeech.com in strict confidence. https://allislandspeech.com/HowIbecameaSpeechLanguagePathologist.php


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Preschool Stuttering.. Do not wait

If you would like more information on the Lidcombe Program for Early Childhood Stuttering, please visit www.allislandspeech.com Speech difficulties Fiona Baker bodyandsoul.com.au At least a quarter of child stutterers will need some form of treatment. And the earlier, the better. For Gary*, watching The King’s Speech was a painful process. As a former stutterer – who still occasionally relapses when anxious – the movie re-opened some old childhood wounds. “I can’t remember not stuttering,” says the 49-year-old who eventually in his 20s learnt to control his stammer. “But back then it was considered ‘my affliction’ and nothing much was done to treat it. “I grew up in the country and I just had to deal with it. The thing is, I couldn’t deal with it – I was teased, even by my siblings, and became quiet and withdrawn and felt isolated and unable to make friends.” Life-long impact It’s estimated that […]


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Great Prolonged Speech Program…

Many years ago I was scared to say  hello. Yes I was scared to say hello. I took a prolonged course that I learned from it. I can help your teen improve fluency. Once a week might not be the answer. I have a unique program. www.allislandspeech.com


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Persistence…..

This is a word I use often. I was always persistent. I guess it came in handy with stuttering. Many times I talk with parents of children who stutter or adults. They ask me why previous therapies did not work. Like anything else in life not everything works for everyone. You need a connection. I worked at many therapies too but I can tell you that prolonged speech is the best program out there for adults.  I use these tools now and barely stutter.  


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Stuttering in the Workplace…..

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.


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