Categories for speech therapy


Helping the College Student Who Stutters become fluent…..

Helping the College Student Who Stutter Become fluent….. Yes, there is hope and treatment. What can you do to help: Find someone who specializes in stuttering. Talk to someone who stutters who overcame stuttering Be fearless and let others help you. Learn better eye contact Believe in yourself. For more information please contact Lori@allislandspeech.com Lori stuttering severely and learned not to let stuttering stop her. She knows what fluency feels like and it changed her life and advanced her career. #stuttering #stopstuttering #speechtherapy


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Why should adults who Stutter take the MPI 2 Stuttering?

Adults who stutter are tired of stuttering. They want to get the job they want. They want to stop hiding stuttering. They want to not fear getting stuck. I took the program and put over 30 adults through it. Reasons: It is more natural It is intensive I am teaching it and went through it I am a coach too It changes how you speak #stuttering #stop stuttering For more information and to contact Lori Melnitsky, a speech pathologist who overcame stuttering and was tired of stuttering too. www.allislandspeech.com


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How overcoming stuttering changed my life…

My quest for fluency was endless. It also involved learning how to converse, pause and speak.  These are ways that fluency helped me. In a world where math is stressed I can honestly say it had no impact on my life but stuttering did. This is how it helped me: Became more confident stopped getting laughed at for not saying my name Hired as an adjunct professor Was interviewed for radio and TV shows Became a speech pathologist Allowed me to advocate for my children when needed. Enabled me to make phone calls. Stopped thinking about stuttering and being ashamed from morning to night. Gave me strength Learned how to fight discrimination. For more information contact Lori @516776-0184 www.allislandspeech.com #stuttering #stop stuttering #cure stuttering


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Hello I stutter, Do you hear me? My name is Lori..The non traditional speech pathologist…

Stuttering? Who understands how I speak? How loud do I have to scream to be heard?  I remember being 5 and told I should do a play for my parents, being 8 and doing art projects, being 15 and filling out questionnaires and then age 22 filling out the stuttering instruments for assessment.  I have no memory of who these people were but I do remember feeling invisible. No child or adult should do it this way. Did anyone hear me? Could they stop  writing notes? Does anyone know how to help me?  Aren’t you a speech pathologist? Stop reading. I am a person. Will anyone ask about me, my hobbies, my life? The pain is still there. I became a speech pathologist. Not only did I learn how to speak more fluently with confidence, I learned to help most people I work with who stutter. Never doubt how much […]


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How to accurately conduct a stuttering assessment in children:

Stuttering is complex and a challenge to assess.  Many speech pathologists have not met anyone who stutters and barely learned about it in graduate school.  Stuttering involves uncovering the many layers of emotions as well. For the speech-language pathologists it is not too late to learn. What do we do first? Case History: We need to gather background information. Is there history of stuttering in family? Any medical information? How old was the patient when stuttering started? Has stuttering increased over time? Any prior therapy? Did it help? Is stuttering affecting their life? Any co-morbid diagnoses or medication taken? How? Parent Report: Talk to the parent. Gather a video or audio sample from home.  Talk to the teacher and ask if the child is talking in class. This is sometimes hard to gauge as not all children participate in school. Assess Fluency and Stuttering: The Stuttering Severity Instrument (SSI-4) provides […]


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Stuttering is fight or flight… We need to change our inner voice….

Put on those boxing gloves.  Time to push that word out at any cost and fight to the end.  I hear the words in my head.  Just let me push out that word.   I want to win and fight. Ultimately I lost more times than not. Many times I avoided eye contact, put my head down in shame and avoided. It is time to flee.  This lead to years of trying to hide my precious thoughts and not be heard. Stuttering therapy without un peeling the emotional  is not productive.  Stuttering therapy for older children and adults must address fight or flight. Stuttering therapy must unite our childhood inner voice to the message we want to produce. What is fight or flight? “The fight-or-flight response (also called hyper arousal or the acute stress response) is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival.” […]


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Suggested 504 Accomodations for Students who Stutter…

Accommodations for Students who Stutter……. Stuttering occurs when there are disruptions in fluency or flow of speech. With slight accommodations for students who stutter, teachers can make them feel more comfortable in the education scene. When in class, it’s normal for students who stutter to feel nervous, embarrassed, and frustrated. They experience stress and emotional tension. When a teacher is confronted with such a student, they often don’t know what accommodations they can make in the classroom to help these students adapt to the learning culture by minimizing their difficulties and stress for talking. Not all students need these accommodations. It is perfectly acceptable to stutter and talk. Free Download: 6 Tips for Accommodating Students Who Stutter Handout Tips for teachers to make accommodations for students who stutter It’s imperative to provide your students, especially the ones with challenging communication difficulties all the necessary help and support they ask for. […]


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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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