Categories for stuttering

Understanding preschool stuttering….

STUTTERING IN YOUNG CHILDREN Tips parents need to know. by LORI MELNITSKY, MA, CCC-SLP posted in CHILD DEVELOPMENT Isn’t it wonderful that some of our best learning stems from personal experiences? Many years ago, my 2½-year-old daughter came home from a sleepover at her grandparent’s house. She was repeating whole words and phrases. Additionally, she was prolonging sounds in words (“ssssssand”) and seemingly unaware of how she sounded. As a speech/language pathologist who stutters, I knew that many children experience stuttering or disfluencies at an early age. Still, as any parent would be, I was concerned and worried. Many questions had to be answered. I admit, my gut reaction was to say all the wrong things to my daughter that I had heard early in my childhood, such as “slow down,” “breathe,” “say the words over” and “don’t be nervous.” However, I knew these suggestions, though all well-intended, were more harmful than helpful. […]


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2020 brings a fluency program for adults who stutter to talk fluently: a 17 year old talks…

My initial intake of 17 year old Bruce , a junior in high school: To the listener he stuttered mildly. Inside he was suffering and changing words constantly to talk.  The fear of stuttering was enormous and was causing emotional damage. Me: Why do you want an intensive stuttering program? Bruce: Because I cannot talk to my friends or say my name. I feel my palms sweat. I run out of the class when I am called on. I want to go to college and not hide.  I need to be able to say my name. He asked me this…What is the point of doing well in school if I cannot talk? two months later: Me: Did the course help you? Bruce: Lori, I asked a girl to the prom. My palms do not sweat. I can say my name. I work hard to practice. I cannot thank you enough.. […]


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Understanding communication: an immigrant’s perspective

The truth is I never knew my grandmother Ida. She died six months after I was born but her legacy lives on through her son (my father). My brother Ira was named after her and that is an incredible reminder of her continued presence in this world. Immigrating from Russia, Ida Gulker married my grandfather, Oscar Melnitsky and settled in  Brownsville, Brooklyn. Ida enrolled in school at night to learn English and was insistent on her four children finishing college.  My parents thought of getting married before my dad finished pharmacy college she insisted he finish first.  Oscar worked long hours as a baker and from what I hear baked delicious bread and cakes.  (Wish I had some now). Despite financial challenges and difficult situations, families remained close and I can only assume provided much needed emotional support for each other.  These are stories I love hearing and  know my […]


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The best way to stop struggling with stuttering….Fluency now…

Do you want to be able to say your name? Do you want to stop struggling? Are you ready to work hard and consistently? Do you stutter? I stuttered severely.. Email me at Lori@allislandspeech.com now for a free facetime consult……High schoolers and college students are encouraged… MPI 2 Stuttering Prpgram for fluency Amazing and life changing program for adults..MPI2 stuttering ProgramLori@allislandspeech.com Posted by New Jersey Stuttering Support on Sunday, July 22, 2018


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Top tips to help children ages 8 to 14 who stutter:

Over the years I have seen hundreds of children and adults who stutter…I can honestly say ages 8 to 14 are the most challenging.  It is the ages when no one wants to be different. Whether they stutter, have ADHD, aren’t happy how they look or whatever the majority do not want to sound different.  Even if it means changing severe stuttering to less stuttering it is often resisted.  Why? It is the fear of being found out even if others know. Do not despair. Let me tell you some key ways to help your children that I have found useful: First everyone responds well to praise. Praise the message. I like how you are telling me that. I see you are really trying. Do not talk about stuttering in front of them unless they want to. Why? because even though you are their parents they might still be embarrassed. […]


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Case study: 4 year old severe stuttering and apraxia diagnosis…

Do we treat stuttering first? Do we treat oral motor, articulation first? Do we ignore stuttering? Do we ignore the fragmented language? What do we do first? Stuttering in itself is so complex…How do we deal with both? I wanted to share a case study with you and hope some of these tips help… In April of 2019 a young man I will call Max came to see me.   Max was a little over 4 and aware of his speech difficulties.  Parents were unsure of which direction to take.  He was previously diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech and I agreed with this. His language was at the three word level. Eye grimaces, eye contact avoidance, missing syntax, repeating syllables and words were evident.  Max was stuttering on 82 percent of his words.  That means 82 out of 100 words were dysfluent.  I am breaking that down because that is […]


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Three reasons I stop hiding the fact that I stutter..

The truth is I used to hide stuttering as if I was hiding a crime. I could be stuttering and if someone asked me what was going on I would put my head down in shame.  It hurt me to the core of my sole and I would rather eat a food I hated than stutter on food I wanted. I am a diet soda fanatic. I was so excited when as an adult I could order a medium coke instead of a small. The dreaded “S” sounds but as a kid my parents did not want me ordering a larger size. I do not blame them. I remember waiting on line saying over and over in my head, small diet, small diet.  Sometimes it worked. Others I blocked so badly that I walked away. These are the three reasons I stopped hiding that I stutter… The National Stuttering Association-They […]


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Three best ways to gain confidence with public speaking……

Let’s be honest public speaking can be terrifying. It is said people fear it more than death. How can it be? Let me share a story with you that petrified me… When I first started private practice I was asked to speak to small groups of parents on speech related topics. My head would start to pound with anxiety. Sweating palms and a nervous stomach filled my days in anticipation of these events. The preparation was always worse than the event. I built up to teaching at a university and three hour workshops. This is what I learned: 1, Visualize the audience and practice. Read into a recorder and listen back. 2. Pause often.  Allow for some silence. 3. Look beyond the audience. Scan the audience. 4. Use visuals and take the concentration off yourself. 5. Talk with power. Take some breaths before you start.   Bottom line public speaking […]


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Successful Stuttering Treatment-What the research says?

  The Modified Phonation Interval-2 (MPI-2) is more effective… Read on… Effective Stuttering Treatment for Adults-The research counts…   Statistics show that more than 72 million people globally are affected by stuttering, a figure that represents one percent of the global population. While stuttering – the disorder where an individual repeats and prolongs syllables and sounds – is not a life-threatening condition, it can cause emotional and psychological problems as it interferes with effective interactions with others and erodes self-confidence and self-esteem.   Researchers continue to investigate ways in which this condition can be managed, helping adults as well as children who stutter gain confidence and lead a more fulfilling life. Some of these studies have provided solutions which have helped those with a stutter manage their condition effectively. Two recent studies conducted by renowned researchers from UC Santa Barbara have provided a new insight in the treatment of stuttering. […]


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Three tips to overcome public speaking fears..

Public Speaking and Fear: Public speaking is one of the most feared situations in the world.  It is often ranked feared more than death. Yet, in schools and life, people are thrown into public speaking situations without much preparation. It can bring out anxiety and intense feelings of  fears of failure.  High school and college students I treat report dread and avoidance with speaking. I hear reports of people paralyzed with headaches, stomach ailments and at times bed ridden. Parents call crying that their children will not go to school and are vomiting.  What advice can we give people afraid of speaking? Many I treat stutter but others are speak fluently. A Fearful experience public speaking: Let me share a story with you…Back in graduate school I had to give a presentation to the community on speech and language development in children.  I had never even raised my hand in […]


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