Categories for stuttering therapy

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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How can you help your teen who stutters?

Keep them talking whether they stutter or not. I cannot stress that enough. Keep encouraging them until they get to that point where they come to their “aha” moment. This happens at various ages, sometimes at age 7 and other times when they are going to college.  Intensive and individual options are available to learn how to breathe properly, ease into words and combine words together.


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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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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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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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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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Childhood Anxiety…

(Taken from Super Duper Inc) Childhood Anxiety by Natalie J. Dahl, M.S., CCC-SLP What is anxiety? Anxiety is a type of stress that everyone experiences at some point. Simply put, it is a worry about what might happen in the future. In children, this worry can be triggered by a difficult or unfamiliar situation, such as a move to a new school, an upcoming math test, a disagreement with a friend, or loss of a loved one. Most children have fears of specific objects, such as spiders or rollercoasters, but the feelings that accompany anxiety are not typically directed toward one thing and can leave them with a general feeling of nervousness. Anxiety can often be a good thing that can boost productivity and help a child do his or her best; however, when feelings of stress and worry interfere with everyday activities, this can be a concern. You might […]


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I believe in improving fluency…MPI

I believe in this program. Improving fluency changed my life.  If I can overcame stuttering so can  you. Try MPI Stuttering.. Check out these amazing videos…. Before and After – Videos  


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