Lori Melnitsky, MA CCC-SLP is the director of All Island Speech and Stuttering Therapy. She holds the Certificate of Communicative Competence from ASHA and is licensed in the State of New York. She overcame a severe stuttering disorder to help others communicate.
My name is Lori Melnitsky. I have been a speech/language pathologist for over 20 years. I stuttered severely as a child. I could not participate in class, call my friends on the phone or say my name. My father stuttered severely and eventually stopped as an adult so I knew their was hope to improve my fluency. It took continued practice, perseverance, and hard work. I took every therapy program available and my family never stopped supporting me. I participated in Martin Schwartz’ Air Flow program, Ross Barretts’ PFSP program, Hollins’ Virginia PFSP and the Total Immersion Fluency program. As a result, I developed my own program to prevent relapse and encourage success. My daughter stuttered severely as a preschool child and no longer does. I also have experience in apraxia and oral motor and PROMPT therapy. I am able to use all these unique skills to help you.
Many years ago I became Certified in the Lidcombe program to help children to attempt to stop stuttering. I use the Lidcombe program for children ,along with over 20 years experience, with tremendous success. I believe in improving fluency and decreasing fears while speaking. Lidcombe is one of the only successful researched based programs and our center has seen a multitude of children eliminate or decrease stuttering significantly. I also became Certified in PROMPT therapy as I also felt a need to help individuals with apraxia, articulation, difficult “r” and “s” issues and oral motor difficulties.
It is important for school aged children, teens and adults to use tools/strategies to improve fluency. I am one of the few speech pathologists in NY who uses the tools I teach to improve fluency. I overcame a severe stuttering disorder. I can help you feel the feeling of reduced struggle while speaking and reducing vocal fold tension. Learning how to breathe correctly is an important skill.
Additionally, I am a published author in fluency journals and Newsday. I have been privileged to speak at Hofstra University, the Long Island Speech and Hearing Association (LISHA) and the National Stuttering Association (NSA) on the subject of speech/language/stuttering. I serve as a fluency consultant for SEEDs of the Williston in Williston Park, NY and am being added to the Nassau County Related Service list for CPSE.
Lori has been awarded multiple awards including:
- Fortune 52 distinguished woman
- Town of Oyster Bay Distingushed Women in Healthcare.
- Multiple Continuing Education Awards from ASHA