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How important is counseling in stuttering therapy?

Although stuttering is considered a neurogenic or developmental, there are several emotional factors that play into it. Sometimes, fluency disorders can lead up to psychosocial and emotional issues too. Shame, guilt, higher expectations play a key part in stuttering. There’s a prevalence of stuttering in about 1% of the adult population. People who suffer from stuttering disorder will have to face stigmatization and discrimination as a consequence of society. This is where counseling becomes imperative as a part of stuttering therapy. Often when speech-language pathologists work with clients who have stuttering issues, they go beyond just training them on speech techniques. It’s beyond a regular speech or fluency disorder, most of the time there are attitudinal and emotional aspects connected to it. What is counseling? Counseling is not just about providing information and solving client’s concerns or even telling them what to do. It is all about building an interactive […]


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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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Helping Adults Stop Stuttering…

    I stopped. I never ever stutter anymore.  No more fear to speak.  Then I woke up. It was a dream I have had many times.  Not saying I am a religious person but I prayed daily. This is what I said to myself as a teen who stuttered severely with inner fears: ——-Please let me stop stuttering.   Please let me say “here” when attendance was taken. Please let me not shake when I order a diet soda.  Please let me stop stuttering.  Please let me say my name. Please let me meet someone and have kids. Please let me be able to call the pediatrician if they are sick. Please let me stop stuttering….. Is it possible to stop stuttering? The truth is as an adult it is hard to totally stop.  Even fluent speakers are not totally fluent. However it is possible to not struggle, eliminate fears […]


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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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Best ways to help students who stutter during uncertain times

This has been no doubt been in a stressful time for all of us. It can increase stuttering. The isolation is not helpful for anyone and if you stutter it can make speaking worse…. Some of us have family members who have been sick or have been sick themselves… A someone who stutters I can tell you the anxiety can increase physical tension and make breathing harder.  This is what I recommend..  Keep talking..It is not healthy to stay in a room and be on a computer Take deep breaths from your diaphragm.. Take care of yourself…reach out if you need help.. I stutter and am here to help.. Stay safe.. www.allislandspeech.com #stopstuttering #stuttering #adultstuttering #MPIstuttering #stutteringtherapy


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Should we accept stuttering or seek help?

Recently I was in a chat room of parents who stutter. I was shocked and dismayed at people giving advice without any evidence behind it. As someone who stuttered severely I had to leave.  People are so quick to knock others and not offer positivity and hope. Negativity is pointless and unacceptable. People need hope. Everyone has to decide what is right for them but I can tell you there is help for people who stutter at all ages. There are many variables when seeking help.  How severe the person is? How motivated they are? Do they need intensive therapy? Are they comfortable with the approach being provided? Do they believe they can succeed? What is their mindset? If you stutter do not give up, I totally changed and am glad to help you. www.allislandspeech.com #stopstuttering #stuttering  


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Best reasons to continue tele therapy at this time…

The truth is this is a generation that learns via tele therapy. At the risk of sounding old, I did so much of my fluency therapy via telephone. I would have done anything to work on my fluency.  I am going to tell you what helped. keep talking. It is so important to keep talking at this time for so many reasons… fluency skills, the art of conversation, easing anxiety. Therapy for younger children is parent oriented. If it is hard to do it during the day then schedule a time at night or on the weekend but stuttering therapy and articulation therapy can definitely be done online. It might not be perfect but these are imperfect times and the more we can adapt the more we can move forward when this craziness ends and I believe it will end. Involve friends and family in therapy. Play games, talk with […]


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Tips for teachers on stuttering…

Best tips for teachers on stutttering: Encourage but do not enable.  Try to make it easier but do not allow stuttering to be an excuse. Listen and do not interrupt. Understand public speaking is difficult for most but even more challenging if you stutter. If you notice child is not raising their hand then you could talk privately to the student. If they raise their hand call on them first to reduce anxiety. Do not give poor grades for participation. It will increase anxiety for the child. Allow one on one presentations with the teacher. Listen to their message. Talk to the school speech pathologist or private therapist for advice. Remember stuttering does not define them. These are students who happen to stutter. Help them realize that. If you would like to schedule for a continuing education workshop at your school please contact Lori@allislandspeech.com www.allislandspeech.com 516-776-084 #stuttering #stopstuttering  


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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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