Categories for Preschool Stuttering


Will my child stop stuttering?

This is my number one question I get asked and the answer is not easy. We have all heard of famous people who say they used to stutter. I believe them. Some were developmental and would have stopped anyway. Others received therapy and others stopped over time. My father stopped over time. My daughter stopped with family support and therapy. Although I cannot answer this, I can tell you early intervention is key to trying to eliminate it. If often depends on child’s temperament, age of child, severity of stuttering and if any other speech disorders exist.  The skill of the speech pathologist matters and often school speech therapy is not provided by a specialist.  Incorrect guidance can heighten awareness and increase stuttering. The best thing to do is to seek help from a stuttering specialist. Also watch for my masterclasses because there is power in education. Also remember parents […]


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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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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  


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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


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Is stuttering therapy needed for a two year old who stutters?…

Is stuttering therapy needed for a two year old who stutters? I often receive calls about this topic and have also been asked by professionals if this age is too young?   It is a question many people in our profession ask. I am going to say about 20 percent of children go through periods of dysfluency.  First, we have to determine if they are at risk and many times even if the 2 year old who stutters is not at risk the parents need a session to understand stuttering and how to modify the environment at home to modify the environment to lessen demands. First what are some risk factors for a two year old who stutters? Family history of stuttering speech and language difficulties males 4 times more likely to stutter than females stuttering for more than three month struggling to speak signs of awareness repeating words more than […]


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My top ten: What I wish every parent/caregiver knew about stuttering…

What I wish every parent/caregiver knew about stuttering: This comes from my heart..   The ability to talk is priceless. The ability to be helped by someone who stutters themselves is invaluable. Stuttering specialists are rare and can change lives. Communication matters more than academics at times. Getting A’s but not being able to communicate is worthless to me. The earlier you can get help the better. Stuttering does not start out emotional but can negatively impact a life. It is more important than math tutoring because I feel locked in a speech jail. Positive feedback helps. Getting the right help can improve fluency, confidence and lives. I am tired hearing that parents should wait to get help. I have seen children as young as two stop stuttering. Not everyone can but let’s give it a fair shot. I am tired of hearing people should accept. Not everyone wants that […]


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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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Talking about Stuttering is not fun..What do we do?

I recently received an email from a speech pathologist who was concerned about a teenager who stutters on her caseload. I was thrilled she asked how to help. She observed this 11 year old was not talking too much or not interested in exploring the topic of stuttering. So what do we do? Children get a ton of questions from their parents and even at my age my mom likes to know what is going on. I work part time in a high school and the last thing they want me doing is asking questions about their lives. They love talking about their strengths, sports or cars. It is up to me to find ways of encouraging them without making stuttering the highlight of their lives. The truth is people who stutter want to talk. Most people do not like talking about things that bother them, ex: weight, poor hearing […]


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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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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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