• Lori Melnitsky

Inspiring others who stutter to dream big...

Updated: Dec 21, 2021

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 in accounting and spent five years in the field. Realizing I was stifled and barely speaking I walked out. My father stuttered severely and I knew watching him I had to speak out. I walked out of a job, left a marriage and started my new life. I was told by speech pathologists I stuttered so severely I wouldn’t be able to talk to parents. Thirty years later I proved them wrong. I learned ways to overcome fear and drastically reduce stuttering. This was important to me as I stuttered intensely leading to severe headaches and neck pain. I now run my own speech private practice and specialize in stuttering therapy. I am married with two grown daughters. I work on my speech and positive outlook daily. I became a life coach and professional public speaker. I even pushed myself to teach on the graduate level at a university. I have appeared on local TV. I tell you all this because I never expected to achieve all of this. Stuttering was a curse and became my life’s passion to help others. My hope is that stuttering does not stop you from following your dreams.


#stuttering

#speechtherapy

#allislandspeechandstuttering

#lidcombe

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