Categories for stuttering

How do I reach the adults who stutter? A Plea for help…

A Plea from me for help spreading the word… If you know any teens (ages 17 or older) or adults please let them know there is help out there for stuttering. Offering researched and evidenced based fluency therapy along with coaching them on confidence and public speaking is a huge plus at this age. The more intensive the more progress they see.  Please help me spread the word.  We offer the effective and natural speaking Modifying Phonation Interval-2 (MPI-2) program, our Step up to Fluency Program and so much more. Please email me at Lori@allislandspeech.com for more information.   A Special Thank you to all the Speech Pathologists who help spread stuttering and speech awareness. http://www.mpi2.com https://www.allislandspeech.com  


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What is the MPI-2 Stuttering Program?

What is the MPI-2 Program? It stands for Modifying Phonation Intervals.  It is an evidenced researched based stuttering treatment program for adults.  It is a program I have used with other adults ages 17 and older with remarkable results.  It is an intensive ten day program offered over 2 weeks (usually two hours per day) to improve fluency in a naturally sounding way. What is the research behind it? I was fortunate to be trained and certified by Dr. Roger Ingham himself who researched many years at the University of Santa Barbara (USB)  to develop this program.  Research has revealed that people who stutter produce short phonation intervals (meaning voicing of sounds is too rapid) and this increases stuttering.  If these short phonation intervals can be reduced by increasing the intervals, stuttering can be gradually reduced.  In short we do this with the use of an app that is customized […]


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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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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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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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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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Lidcombe Stuttering…

Lidcombe Program for Early Childhood/Preschool Stuttering (ages 3 to 7)   How can the Lidcombe Stuttering Program help your child? The Lidcombe Program is a highly successful evidenced based behavioral treatment program that was designed for young children who stutter and their families. The objective of this program is to try and eliminate stuttering in young children in a fun, systematic and structured manner. Therapy is provided to the child by Lori Melnitsky, Lidcombe Certified speech pathologist with over 20 years experience in stuttering/fluency therapy. Parents are taught to work with their children daily to decrease stuttering. Parents will feel empowered helping their child speak more fluently. This program is ideal for children ages 3 to 7. In order for children to improve fluency at this age parents must use a structured approach and be involved daily. It is important to address stuttering early and NOT to wait. We can help […]


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School Age Stuttering

Summer is often the best time to begin therapy and make changes. Call Lori today 516-776-0184 Friday, January 8, 2010- reposted May 11, 2017 The label stutterer vs a person who stutters Today I received a call from a parent of a child who stutters.  This week happened to be an unusually difficult speech week for me as I had trouble sleeping at night.  As a result I had to focus even more on my fluency tools but also realized the world was not going to end if I stuttered.  As I spoke to this mother, she asked if I used to be a stutterer. I answered that I still was.  Usually I don’t care if people use the word stutterer or person who stutters, but this time I did.  I felt like it was asked with judgement and the fact that I was a successful speech pathologist was being ignored.  I don’t have […]


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