Benefits of Group fluency therapy for People who Stutter: By Lori Melnitsky, MA CCC-SLP (I stutter and many of these tips helped (Many of these tips helped me talk in public and raise my hand to ask questions) Support/Practice groups provide a safe space for people who stutter. These venues allow participants to speak openly about their experiences for people who are struggling from different challenges such as stuttering. It allows them space to stutter without fear and to
Why I am offering Group fluency therapy for people who Stutter: By Lori Melnitsky, MA CCC-SLP Support/Practice groups provide a safe space where participants can speak openly about their experiences for people who are struggling from different challenges such as stuttering. It allows them space to stutter without fear and to learn fluency skills. The format allows participants to meet others, learn skills and conquer fears. This is how I overcame severe stuttering. In addit
Stuttering: Becoming more fluent after age 30:
Stuttering since the age of 4 plus writing in my journal daily praying to wake up fluent took over my thoughts. It both consumed and confused me why I spoke differently.
The magic of fluency I prayed for did not happen until over age 30. Intermittent periods of decreased stuttering happened after continuously trying fluency therapy. Some speech pathologists told me to accept my stuttering and stutter easily. That did not
This is an old blog from 2010 but still impactful. I watched Dick Clark every year for the sake of tradition. I couldn't help but to admire this man who had a stroke. He was working so diligently at pronouncing his words and being understood. I was so glad to see him on TV. After all, what is New Year's Eve without Dick Clark?
I have recently gotten many calls from adults out of work. It is a tough economy and my heart goes out to those who are suffering. My husba
EYE CONTACT: Try and establish eye contact. It might seem easier to avoid eye contact but it distracts the listener and disrupts the conversation. If you are finding this challenging try it once per day for two sentences. Build up slowly. If you are like I was running a fast train was easier than looking at someone and risk them seeing me stutter. 2. PHRASE: Chunking or phrasing often helps the adult who stutters. It allows more time
to regulate breathing. If
Teen Stuttering: Practical Suggestions for Carryover About the presenter: Lori Melnitsky, MA CCC-SLP is a licensed and ASHA certified speech/language pathologist. She is the director of All Island Speech and Stuttering Therapy (www.allislandspeech.com) in Plainview, NY. specializing in stuttering/fluency therapy for children, teens and adults. Lori is Lidcombe trained in the Early Childhood Stuttering Program as well as fluency enhancing strategies for older children and adul
Stuttering is complex and a challenge to assess. Many speech pathologists have not met anyone who stutters and barely learned about it in graduate school. Stuttering involves uncovering the many layers of emotions as well. For the speech-language pathologists it is not too late to learn. Keep reading or take the quiz below. What do we do first? Case History:
We need to gather background information. Is there history of stuttering in family? Any medical information? How old wa
Hi. I am posting this to inspire young people or adults. I wrote it for a group for people who stutter. Feel free to share it. My goal is for young people, whether they stutter or not, to believe in themselves regardless of their challenges. #MyStutterStory My name is Lori Melnitsky. I have stuttered since the age of 4. When I was growing up I stuttered severely and could not say my name or answer the telephone. The fear of stuttering became intense. I graduated with a degree
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 pla
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 someon
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.
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
Happy Day 3 of Stuttering Awareness Week… In the early years upon first becaming a speech pathologist I was never sure the exact approach to treat childhood stuttering. I also believed in a model called demands and capacity which was developed by Woody Starkweather. It basically states the more demands you can decrease in a child’s life the more capacity for fluent speech. For example, if a child has siblings and they are all competing for their parent’s attention than the
Lidcombe Stuttering Therapy for Preschool Children Comes to Long Island Don’t Wait to get help.. Stuttering in Children… Many children experience periods of disfluency or stuttering between the ages of 2 ½ and 5. These children are often described as “anxious” or “nervous because the words do not flow easily out of their mouth. Parents understandably become upset and are unsure of where to turn. Pediatricians often say they will outgrow it and there is no reason to worry.