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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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Lori Melnitsky-Journey with Stuttering

Lori Melnitsky by Beverly Fortune on September 2, 2009 Lori Melnitsky has been stuttering since she was four years old. It was a long journey for her to get to where she is today: one of the rare stutterers to have recovered from a severe stuttering disorder that has gone on to become a successful fluency expert and speech pathologist in a private practice. “Back then it wasn’t talked about,” Lori says. “It was a very hidden topic and you were embarrassed by it. There was a tremendous amount of shame. I was never part of anything in school,” she says. “I went to speech therapy but didn’t speak. [My stutter] became worse and I couldn’t say my name, [when I tried] my head would jerk back.” “I don’t think many people know what [stuttering] is,” Lori explains. “It’s a communication disorder that is characterized by the disruption of the normal flow of […]


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Helping Adults Stop Stuttering…

    I stopped. I never ever stutter anymore.  No more fear to speak.  Then I woke up. It was a dream I have had many times.  Not saying I am a religious person but I prayed daily. This is what I said to myself as a teen who stuttered severely with inner fears: ——-Please let me stop stuttering.   Please let me say “here” when attendance was taken. Please let me not shake when I order a diet soda.  Please let me stop stuttering.  Please let me say my name. Please let me meet someone and have kids. Please let me be able to call the pediatrician if they are sick. Please let me stop stuttering….. Is it possible to stop stuttering? The truth is as an adult it is hard to totally stop.  Even fluent speakers are not totally fluent. However it is possible to not struggle, eliminate fears […]


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My top ten: What I wish every parent/caregiver knew about stuttering…

What I wish every parent/caregiver knew about stuttering: This comes from my heart..   The ability to talk is priceless. The ability to be helped by someone who stutters themselves is invaluable. Stuttering specialists are rare and can change lives. Communication matters more than academics at times. Getting A’s but not being able to communicate is worthless to me. The earlier you can get help the better. Stuttering does not start out emotional but can negatively impact a life. It is more important than math tutoring because I feel locked in a speech jail. Positive feedback helps. Getting the right help can improve fluency, confidence and lives. I am tired hearing that parents should wait to get help. I have seen children as young as two stop stuttering. Not everyone can but let’s give it a fair shot. I am tired of hearing people should accept. Not everyone wants that […]


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Stuttering: Get me out of jail..

To my adults who stutter.. Like you many of you I struggled for many years stuttering. I was afraid to order a medium diet pepsi, say fill it up at the gas station or ask a simple question, like what time is it? It was kind of like being in speech jail. One day I was asked my birthday by a teacher in class. I could still hear the laughter as I said “I don’t know”. All I had to say was April 22 but the fear came on like a  huge wave was going to knock me down. I wanted to get out of the house of bondage but did have the “get out of jail” card.It is hard to believe because now my family and friends would say I am outspoken. What changed?Finding the right speech pathologist to help me. Believing in myself. Realizing that it was not all […]


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