Categories for Preschool Stuttering

The best phone call I received this month..

Today on a rainy day I received a call from a teenager who stutters in his first year of college.   I first met Brandon when he was approximately 13.   I was surprised but so happy to hear his voice.  He sounded like a young man and not a kid anymore. He spoke with grace and confidence. He proceeded to tell me that I inspired him to get a job from a you tube video I made on stuttering. I talked about how working helped me overcome my fear of speaking.  Sometimes I wonder who watches my videos but now I know. The truth is Brandon inspired me early on.  He was a hard worker with very supportive parents. Stuttering was a challenge but he worked hard not only on the physical aspect of stuttering but the emotional aspect. He appeared on a Fios 1 segment with me.  Talking […]


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Do you have a child who stutters?

I get many calls each week about their child who started stuttering out of nowhere.   Many ask should I see a neurologist? The answer is no.  These are questions to ask  yourself.. Is there a history in the family? Are they struggling? Are they aware? Are they blocking? Always trust your gut. Pediatricians often say to wait. Although that might be the easy thing to do it is not always the right suggestion.  Doctors  are  often our first resource but stuttering is usually not something they learn about in school.  Sometimes a simple consult is helpful with a speech pathologist in stuttering helps relieve concern.  Remember to not interrupt and allow sufficient time to speak.  


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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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My child has had stuttering therapy for years.. Why is it not working?

The truth is not every speech pathologist specializes in stuttering therapy. It is a complex disorder with a small percentage of the population who stutter. Many students never see anyone who stutters and school speech pathologists have large caseloads with various disorders and huge amounts of paperwork. There are many important areas that need to be addressed for therapy to be effective and the goals are different at different ages: Preschool Stuttering: Let’s try and eliminate. Do not work on breathing! School Age Stuttering: Improve fluency, improve confidence and self esteem, incorporate parents in the process, talk about stuttering openly. Older Teens and College Students: Improve fluency and talk about how to help them. Remember I stuttered severely and never gave up. I taught  myself with help how to help others. www.allislandspeech.com


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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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Preschool Stuttering: Do we work on secondary characteristics?

I saw this question on a list serve. In general I have found Lidcombe like praises reduce secondary characteristics in general.  Why? because the decreased struggle seems to reduce the need for “tricks” to get words out. I have even told children to “stop” banging their leg because it is not helpful. I have told them to leave it at the door. Many times it works. www.allislandspeech.com


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Let your kids do tele therapy for speech…

Kids love tele therapy…. I have successfully helped so many people who stutter, have articulation problems and can coach you through difficult speaking situations. Let’s do it together… www.allislandspeech.com


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