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Is Stuttering Contagious but Ignorance is….Lori’s story

Sept 1991-My first internship for my masters program in Speech Pathology was at a special education preschool on Long Island in NY. I was excited but petrified. I was an accountant for five years with little interaction with children. My dream was to become a speech pathologist and it became my passion. (It still is 29 years later). The long awaited letter came in the mail who to contact for my internship. Walking into a school I met with an well established speech pathologist. The fear came. She will know I stutter and turn me away. My fear was intense. How can I hide it? Should I hide it? I decided to be upfront. I stutter but it does not affect my interaction with the children or my job. The look came.  A speech pathologist of over 35 years looked bewildered and confused. Then the words came but not what […]


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Why speech stretching does not always work with stuttering…

My motto: Never teach what you will not use yourself to communicate? It is unnatural to talk in slow stretched speech. Try it and you will see. Watch the listener’s response.  Ask how you feel…   Sometimes people who stutter are asked to use rubber bands or hand movements to stretch speech. That might help for the moment but it is not better than stuttering in the long run. Although this helps for a short time, there is not long term research or evidence that this can be sustained. Why are we teaching this skill?  Again some small amount of stretching can help but usually easy onset is better. Honestly I tried stretching speech in my early 20s. It worked for a short time but than it sounded funny and I felt awkward  talking . As one of my 9 year olds reported, “I sound like a robot and put […]


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EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO TREAT STUTTERING AND RELATED SPEECH DISORDERS WORKSHOP

Lori Melnitsky, MA CCC-SLP ASHA speech-language pathologist and Director of All Island Speech and Stuttering Therapy in Plainview, NY has developed a workshop in which she will be discussing: .3 ASHA CEUs. Early bird $150 ends Jan. 10th, 2021… Course starts Jan. 12 on demand at your convenience through Jan. 17… EFFECTIVE  STRATEGIES TO TREAT STUTTERING AND RELATED SPEECH DISORDERS Participants will be given an overview of stuttering and how to address the disorder with concomitant diagnoses, such as apraxia speech sound disorders and ADHD. The platform will also give better understanding on how to provide stuttering therapy along with related speech disorders. We encourage and welcome ALL to this helpful and extremely insightful workshop.  Using her own personal experience with severe stuttering as an adolescent and 25 years of expertise, she will be highlighting several different topics such as: Identify stuttering warning signs Define physical characteristics associated with stuttering  […]


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Stuttering Misconceptions that will blow you away….

Stuttering is complex.  However many times people jumped to conclusions. As someone who stuttered severely and specializes in helping others who stutter , I am here to transform these statements into the truth: Common misconceptions: 1.People who stutter (PWS)  are nervous-false, anxiety could increase stuttering or stuttering could increase speaking fears but everyone is different. 2. People who Stutter (PWS) are unintelligent-false 3. People who Stutter need help finishing their sentences-false. It can increase stuttering. 4. PWS need others to say slow down or take a breath-also false. 5. PWS are all males-false-higher percentage in males but females can stutter too   For more information about stuttering, please visit www.allislandspeech.com or email Lori@allislandspeech.com  


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Stuttering is fight or flight… We need to change our inner voice….

Put on those boxing gloves.  Time to push that word out at any cost and fight to the end.  I hear the words in my head.  Just let me push out that word.   I want to win and fight. Ultimately I lost more times than not. Many times I avoided eye contact, put my head down in shame and avoided. It is time to flee.  This lead to years of trying to hide my precious thoughts and not be heard. Stuttering therapy without un peeling the emotional  is not productive.  Stuttering therapy for older children and adults must address fight or flight. Stuttering therapy must unite our childhood inner voice to the message we want to produce. What is fight or flight? “The fight-or-flight response (also called hyper arousal or the acute stress response) is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival.” […]


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Stuttering: Basic Facts for Parents

  STUTTERING : BASIC FACTS FOR PARENTS: What is Stuttering? Stuttering (also known as stammering or dysfluencies) consists of disruptions in the normal flow of speech. It includes repeating words or parts of words, complete sound blockage, sound prolongations and physical tension or struggle.   What causes Stuttering?: There is no single cause of stuttering. Research has found that genetics, language skills, sound development, the child’s temperament and environmental factors play a role in the development of stuttering.   Is Stuttering an emotional problem? No. It is not caused by anxiety or being nervous. However it can cause fear of speaking.   Is Stuttering Cyclical? Yes it is common for people to stutter more at times and then be fluent at other times. It tends to come and go and people often learn to avoid words they might stutter on. Avoiding speaking can have a negative impact on social, emotional […]


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Adult Stuttering -What is Prolonged Speech?

Adult Stuttering-What is Prolonged Speech? Most people want to stop stuttering.  In fact we pray to stop stuttering.  I am an adult who stuttered severely so I get it.  Did you know continuous movement and prolonged speech improve fluency?  If you say “III waaannt to eaaaat piiiza” you might be fluent with help but sound robotic. That is the problem. It is unnatural and hard to maintain. None of us want to be boring speakers and put others to sleep. We want to be heard and be “normal” speakers. We all want to learn how to stop stuttering. We all want to end tomorrow. When I was stuttering severely I took fluency programs that taught me how to talk more fluently and slow down to 2 seconds per syllable. I did this for 7 hours a day and then I went to one second.  I stopped at .5 seconds per […]


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Online Stuttering Therapy

How many of you have noticed that the younger generation talks over zoom or face time?  It is effective and stuttering therapy can be done during these very hards of the corona virus. Please reach out to Lori@allislandspeech.com The best reasons for doing this are: Many of us have more time now Stuttering Therapy will only help improve fluency. Please visit www.allislandspeech.com #stopstuttering #onlinestuttering


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