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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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Practical Tips for Teens who Stutter to Facilitate Carryover…

  Teen Stuttering: Practical Suggestions for Carryover by Lori Melnitsky from New York, USA Improving fluency outside of the clinical setting is an immense challenge for both the client and the treating therapist. I often hear adults talk about feelings of failure as a result of not being able to improve their fluency at a younger age in conversational speaking situations. As a result, many have given up on speech therapy and view their past experiences as negative. Feelings of blame and guilt develop and it is truly not their fault. Practice groups are important in hopes of preventing inner feelings of guilt and to improve confidence in speaking. The importance of using fluency tools and effective communication strategies in functional communication situations cannot be stressed enough. Trying to decrease stuttering and be a part of the “fluent” world is an added stress, especially for a teenagers who are concerned […]


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What Joe Biden has taught us about stuttering…

Many of you have asked my opinion of Joe Biden in regard to stuttering so let me explain a few things.   First the word stutterer is a label. The preferred term is a person who stutters. It is also a person with ADHD, a person with autism, a person with a bad leg, a person with glasses, etc. Understanding this is key to respecting others.   People who stutter are as smart as anyone else. This is a life I have lead and I would be lying if I did not state it still pains me. Looking into the eyes and seeing bewilderment, laughter and confusion when I have stuttered is not a new concept. This is not new to me and the people I know who stutter. This is not new to Joe Biden. He can handle it. Interrupting and badgering someone who stutters might increase stuttering but […]


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What is the Lidcombe Program For Childhood Stuttering?

What is the Lidcombe Program for Stuttering? (with Lori Melnitsky,  MA CCC-SLP, Stuttering Specialist) www.allislandspeech.com 516-776-0184   Basic facts: (Please note this is not a recipe and must be modified with your help) The Lidcombe Program is a behavioral treatment for children who stutter who are younger than 7 years. It may be suitable for some older children. (ages 8 to 9 with modifications). The program takes its name from the suburb of Sydney where the Australian Stuttering Research Centre was located. Free Download: At-Home Verbal Contingencies for Parents How is the treatment administered: The treatment is administered by a parent or caregiver in the child’s everyday environment. Parents learn how to do the treatment during weekly visits to the speech-language pathologist. During these visits, the speech-language pathologist teaches the parent by demonstrating various aspects of the treatment, observing the parent do the treatment, and giving parents helpful hints about […]


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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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Understanding school age stuttering..

Stuttering in School-Age Children “Stuttering is painful. In Sunday school, I’d try to read my lessons and the children behind me were falling on the floor with laughter” – James Earl Jones Stuttering is never easy for a school-age child. They are their own individual and you have no one size fits all treatment for stuttering. Negative comments and feedback often develop fear in children, and you’ll notice that they become less responsive to treatments. Children start avoiding conversations and situations to avoid being bullied or teased. These experiences may have a long-standing impact on their self-confidence and attitude towards life. Especially with children in their developmental age, it’s important to deal with stuttering sensitively. When working with an experienced Speech Language Therapist, they can assess children and suggest the best course of treatment. Stuttering in children can become an emotional rollercoaster. From making friends to socializing in school, any […]


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Parents: Helping the child who stutters?

What You Can Do to Help a Child Who Stutters? Stuttering is a communication disorder that disrupts the flow of speech. It significantly impacts the ability of a child to communicate effectively. When is public settings like events and school, this can eventually lead to affecting the self-esteem and reduced self-confidence of children. Every child wants to be like their peers, but stuttering communication becomes a challenge. Slowly, you’ll notice that stuttering in children leads to avoiding conversations and people. There are little but impactful things you can do to help your children get better in communication and overcome the challenges of stuttering. How to Help a Child Who Stutters? Here are some ways to improve confidence and build self-esteem by helping your child who stutters. Slower speech helps children with stuttering issues. You’ll notice that children often stutter more when they get excited or upset or when they are […]


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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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Is Stuttering a Disability?

Is Stuttering a Disability? Stuttering is legally identified as a speech disability in many countries around the world. But is it really? When the flow of speech is interrupted by involuntary repetitions, silent pauses, and prolongations, you may be classified as having concerns with stuttering. Even as adults, most people struggle to find resolutions to stop stuttering. It’s important to identify stuttering early to minimize developing social anxiety and negative attitudes toward communication. It is estimated that about 1% of the adult population gets diagnosed with this speech disorder. In the US alone, there are approximately three million people who have concerns with stuttering and occurs mostly amongst males versus females. Neurogenic and Psychogenic stuttering is mostly found in adults. While Neurogenic stuttering is caused due to strokes or head injury, Psychogenic stuttering can be an aftermath of extreme psychological stress. Is disability the right word? As per the Americans […]


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