Stuttering may seem like an easy problem to solve. The internet is littered with advice and tips to stop stuttering. But for many adults, stuttering is a lifelong disorder that requires professional guidance to overcome. Several years ago, there was a huge advancement in speech therapy for stuttering, known as MPI. With MPI treatment, adults who stammer can greatly improve their speech in a matter of weeks. Does MPI Stuttering Therapy Really Work? Modification Phonation Intervals (MPI) therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective and quickest treatments for adults. A $3 million, six-year study by Roger Ingham found MPI stuttering therapy changes brain activity. The results suggested ways that stuttering treatment could be modified to increase the positive outcome of speech therapy. A subsequent study on the efficacy of MPI programs for adults had very positive results. The study compared MPI and prolonged speech treatments. Most […]
As parents, our number one concern is our children’s happiness and helping them develop in a way where they are able to reach their full potential. One thing that can hinder this development is finding out that your 3-year- old child stutters. Stuttering can be frustrating and embarrassing for kids of this age and can stop them from doing many things they would otherwise be highly capable of doing. When you notice that your toddler is beginning to stutter, it can be a scary and overwhelming situation. How can you help? Who can you turn to for help? Which types of therapy are the best and most effective? These and a million other questions run through your head when your toddler stutters, but the good news is, there are solutions out there to help your 3-year-old child overcome this issue and lead a full life, free from the limitations and […]
This post was inspired by many concerned parents of teens who stutter and talking in class. It seems like there are more presentations expected of students these days. I cannot lie. It is embarrassing to talk differently than others in front of a class but it can be done. How do we know who is ready and who is not? I am going to start with a generic answer. Every student is different. These are my suggestions. I had to do them in school too. Some went better than others but honestly I was rarely graded for the amount of times I raised my hand. Not everyone is an extrovert. Any questions please email Lori@allislandspeech.com Educate the teacher. I would not educate the whole administration. Only the teacher. It is their journey. Not everyone has to know their journey. Have the student email and tell about themselves. Send a handout […]
This was asked by a few parents of children who stutter. As parents we always worry we are not doing enough for our children. The good news is that most of do our best and our kids know that. Did my parents support me? Yes. Without a shadow of a doubt. My father stuttered as well. He also overcame and became a pharmacist. He was and is my role model. I was fortunate to work with him at the age of 13 which encouraged me to talk often as a cashier. At one point he encouraged me to seek a job on my own. I went on an interview and got a job at a local department store. After three months I decided I preferred my dad and uncle’s store to work in. Luckily they took me back. Let’s face it, they had no choice-LOL. My mother was extremely proactive […]
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://allislandspeech.com
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 […]
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.
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.
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