Stuttering DeMystified and Beyond
By Lori Melnitsky
Yes I stutter and want to share my wisdom of stuttering and other communication issues. I have been a licensed speech pathologist for over 30 years. My career started out as an accountant. I was told I would never be able to communicate by professors. I proved them wrong. My goal is to help parents understand stuttering, adults become more fluent and SLPs learn more about stuttering. I own and direct All Island Speech and Stuttering Therapy in Plainview, NY and online via tele health. I am licensed in NY, NJ, CT, PA, CA. www.allislandspeech.com
Episode 43: To Adults who Stutter-Listen to Chris, age 25, talk about how he improved fluency drastically with Lori Melnitsky
Stuttering DeMystified and Beyond • By Lori Melnitsky • Dec 02, 2022
Episode 52: How I overcame stuttering
In this episode Lori talks about her journey with stuttering and how she overcame a de imitating disorder. Ck out MPI -2 adult stuttering plus coaching at www.allislandspeech.com
January 23, 2023
Episode 51: Best tips to become a better public speaker from someone who was petrified to speak
In this episode I talk how I sent from severe stuttering to inspirational speaker.
January 22, 2023
Episode 50: How to get your time beck? ADHD or Not
In this episode I talk about how to get your time back.
January 21, 2023
Episode 49: Preschool Stuttering: What SLPs need to know.
In this episode Lori talks about the importance of our words as SLPs. Please click below to purchase the newly updated preschool course. https://lori-s-school-94d4.thinkific.com/courses/newpreschoolstuttering?fbclid=IwAR1ipL2YhmHtMyZWHENMo3nX2uFOvZl9hbNSnVWIo90MmrlddKoQ_3VEeck&mibextid=Zxz2cZ
January 19, 2023
Episode 48: Tips for Talking on the phone if you Stutter....
Episode 48- Tips for Talking on the phone if you Stutter.... by Stuttering DeMystified and Beyond Hi, and welcome to episode 49 of Stuttering DeMystified and Beyond. This is Lori Melnitsky, your host, stuttering specialist, speech-language pathologist, ADHD life coach, and a person who happens to stutter. In this episode, I want to talk to you about a very personal topic to me. I want to talk to you about how you talk on the phone if you stutter. And I'm going to be honest with you, when I was younger, I used to hang up all the time on people I called. Luckily, this was before caller ID. They didn't have cell phones years ago. If I would call friends and their parents answered, I would hang up. I didn't mean to scare anybody. I was petrified of stuttering. And I didn't want to embarrass myself. I didn't want to be laughed at. I didn't want people to say, hello, hello, hello if it took me longer to get words out.. It was kind of a very convoluted way of navigating life until I got to the point where I dodn’t wat to avoid. And this was before I really had speech therapy. I worked for my father from the age of 13 to almost 21. My father and uncle owned a pharmacy and I began to work for them. I had to answer phones daily . There was no way of getting around this. I had to say, hello, Modern Pharmacy. I didn't know who it was on the other end. There was no caller id. My father stuttered when he was younger, much more so he had to also answer the phone. I sort of had to put myself in speaking situations. I had to work at a cash register. I had to answer a phone call. “Hello, Modern Pharmacy”. I had to answer. I had to ask for the prescription number. I had to ask for the date of the prescription. I had to ask for the doctor’s name. And in the early years, I'm trying to think, I don't think I had speech therapy because we didn't know that much about stuttering. When I got older, about the age of 20, I think I had some speech strategies. So what did I do? And also, when I was in college, I worked in the admissions office, and at first I would run away from the phone. People didn't know that I stuttered. I think I probably hid it. And all of a sudden someone said, why is Lori not answering the phones? Uh-oh. Was I found out? We don't want to let a phone or any technology control how we speak and how we lead our lives. So I hope some of these strategies and some of these tools help you. And again, it is a challenge, but it can be done and I now can make a call without worrying about it. I can say my name. And many of the people I work with are on the phone 90% of the day and have done really. So I want to just leave you with some words of inspiration. I think we kind of all need it, and this is actually by Queen Elizabeth II. "It is often the small steps, not the giant leaps that bring about the most lasting change." So it's important to really do things one step at a time. If I can help you in any way, please, my email is Lori@allislandspeech.com. My website is www.allislandspeech.com. I am Lori Melnitsky and I run All Island speech and stuttering therapy online. Have a great day.
January 08, 2023
Episode 47 : I stutter and ordered a Sweet Potato
Episode 48 Description: In this episode, Lori Melnitsky talks with every one of you through a sweet story of a “Sweet Potato” and Stuttering. https://linktr.ee/allislandspeech Lori, still to this day, discusses how she feels a little embarrassed with her stuttering when she prolongs a sound . However, she was learned how to stop avoiding situations and use fluency skills . She was also discusses how a 21-year-old who has an issue with stuttering calls stores now. One can achieve growth by making mistakes. You need to open up and express yourself and it will help you to overcome your stuttering. In the end, she ended the episode with a quote from Brene Brown: "Grace means that all of your mistakes now serve a purpose instead of serving shame" So, we must change our mindset that we made a mistake. Time Stamp: [00:29] The story of ordering a sweet potato begins [00:56] The S sound can be challenging for some [01:07] Why the S was prolonged [02:18] 21-year-old had struggled to say a word and got help [02:51] Do parents let their kids order ? [03:11] When we allow ourselves to take a risk what is the possible outcome? [04:52] Advice to overcome stuttering and fear [05:38] Quote from Brene Brown I am a Stuttering Specialist and I have been a licensed speech pathologist for over 30 years. I own and direct All Island Speech and Stuttering Therapy in Plainview, NY, and online via tele health. I am licensed in NY, NJ, CT, MA, PA, and CA. If you need more information, please visit my website, www.allislandspeech.com
December 30, 2022
Episode 46: Interview with Dr. Karen Dudek-Brannan
In this episode Lori Melnitsky talks with Dr. Karen Dudek -Brannan about her online education business. She supports SLPs and school educators in literacy and language. Dr. Karen talks about the role of educators as parents and collaborators as well. Now she helps pediatric therapists make a bigger impact with their services through her courses and trainings, and through the De Facto Leaders podcast. On the show, I share up-to-date evidence-based practices, my own experience, and guest interviews designed to help clinicians and educators feel more confident in the way they serve their caseloads, so they can help school-age kids grow up to be successful, kind, well-adjusted people. You can listen to the show on most popular podcast directories, and can scroll through past episodes on this page here. Dr. Karen talks about different models to work with other SLPs and understand the systems involved. Her goal is to support others. My podcast for pediatric clinicians serving K-12 which is now called "De Facto Leaders" can be found on my website at https://drkarendudekbrannan.com/blog My "asset stack" training where I show therapists how to create assets that help them use multiple service delivery models that foster generalization is here: https://drkarendudekbrannan.com/assetstack My presentation that walks through my 5 component language therapy framework is here: https://5components.drkarenspeech.com/s/bDxjYV
December 26, 2022
Episode 45: Changing Self Talk for People who Stutter
In this episode Lori Melnitsky. MA CCC-SLP, speech pathologist and stuttering specialist talks about changing negative thoughts into positive ones. I stutter myself and our inner demons can really control us. Lori shared ideas and tips how to talk to ourselves. For more information please contact Lori@allislandspeech.com www.allislandspeech.com
December 19, 2022
Episode 44: Understanding stress anxiety and stuttering
Episode Description: This beautiful episode touches on the everyday life of a speech pathologist who overcame stuttering talking honestly about the difference between stress and anxiety. Most people express concerns about stress and anxiety but don't know the cause or type of anxiety they are experiencing. It reveals the solution to this problem with practical examples from real-life situations. Stay tuned. Topics Discussed: • Being Intentional and brave: After Stuttering severely for over 40 treads I decided to be intentional about finding a solution. I joined the National Stuttering Association. Taking the open mic sessions was a big risk, and my long presentation was my major eye-opener on stress and anxiety. • Stress-specific situation and Generalized anxiety: it's important to know the stress and anxiety that is causing the Stuttering. Perhaps, it is inherited or generalized anxiety. This will help to know the right steps to take. • Some solutions to stress and Anxiety: If you are dealing with specific stress, you might need coaching, seeing a Speech therapist, etc. However, if it's General anxiety, you might need to see a psychiatrist, amongst other things too. • The misunderstanding about Stress and Anxiety: Anxiety and stress can make Stuttering worse, and It can be overwhelming. Don't Panic! Some stuttering causes need to be understood. • Importance of Mental Health: Mental health is really important. When you stutter, you have to speak to someone who understands. Quotes: • Stress might be more related to a certain situation, and anxiety is something you are feeling as a result. Time Stamp: [00:55] Intentional journey into Public Speaking [04:06] Finding out the reason behind your Stuttering and Solutions [05:53] Vacation story; how a young man got his solution [07:43] Overcompensating in Stuttering [08:14] Resources that could help [09:27] Mental health and Speaking out Resources and References: • National Stuttering Association • ADHD Coaching • Dr. David Luterman • Brene Brown (Ph.D. in social work) • Dr. Bill Murphy, Speech pathologist Connect with Lori Melnitsky: I am a Stuttering Specialist. I own and direct All Island Speech and Stuttering Therapy in Plainview, NY, and online via telehealth. I am licensed in NY, NJ, CT, MA, PA, and CA. If you need more information, please visit my website, www.allislandspeech.com
December 11, 2022
Episode 43: To Adults who Stutter-Listen to Chris, age 25, talk about how he improved fluency drastically with Lori Melnitsky
In this episode Lori Melnitsky, stuttering specialist and person who stuttered severely, talks to Chris age 25, about improving fluency and the MPI-2 Stuttering program. We had fun, didn't struggle and discussed persistence and grit. Lori@allislandspeech.com https://www.allislandspeech.com/adult-stuttering-2
December 02, 2022
Episode 42: No one hears my child stutter in school but I hear it.
Lori talks about hiding stuttering and how it’s easy to not hear it in school. Listen why and listen how people avoid or can hide it. www.allislandspeech.com
November 30, 2022
Episode 41: Stuttering is not Anyones Fault
In this episode Lori Melnitsky shares how stuttering is not anyones fault. Parents are not to blame. People are not to blame. It just is what it is. If you stutter you can get a free pass. It’s no one’s fault. www.allislandspeech.com
November 25, 2022
Episode 40: I stutter. Stop telling me to accept my stuttering. Your advice was wrong for me
In this episode Lori Melnitsky. SLP and recovered person who stutters, and stuttering specialist talks how the word acceptance is over used and people who stutter need hope.
November 21, 2022
Episode 39: Turning Struggles into Magic: The power of practicing fluency with people who stutter
In this episode Lori Melnitsky talks about the importance of grit and practice with adults who stutter.
November 18, 2022
Episode 38: Life changing tips for Adults who Stutter :
Tips to Reduce Stuttering in Adult Are you an adult who stutters? Don’t fret. I stutter too. Today, I share tips on how to reduce stuttering as an adult. These tips have been instrumental to me over the years, and I would like you to borrow some and apply them in your life. Let me know how you find them. Eye Contact: Eye contact is essential when it comes to having engaging conversations. The best thing about eye contact is that you do not have to keep looking at the people you are addressing but make regular contact with them. It will help you build a connection with them and ensure they want to listen to you. Don’t hold air: When we become anxious, we tend to hold back air, and stuttering becomes worse. Most people believe people who stutter have a breathing problem which is not true. With the right breathing, you can easily solve the stuttering issue. Pausing: When giving a speech, there is a lot of power in pausing. Pausing gives you an opportunity to get comfortable, especially if you are giving a long story. Listen to this episode to hear more tips. Key Talking Points of the episode: [00:55] Eye contact: [01:9] Don’t hold air [02:37] The power of pausing Magical Quote from the Episode: “Our eyes are the keys to the windows of the world. Once we avoid eye contact, we lose the listener and the engagement of conversation.” Would you Love to Connect with me? Follow me on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allislandspeechandstuttering Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allislandspeech/
October 06, 2022
Episode 37:Stuttering is much more than you hear. It’s what is being hidden
In this episode I talk about the iceberg analogy and why stuttering is hidden. www.allislandspeech.com
September 21, 2022
Episode 36: Tips for parents to help young children acclimate to school and feel confident
This week's guest is Michelle Yackow, a Speech-language pathologist. In this episode, Michelle gives tips for parents to help young children acclimate to school and feel confident. She works with children on their social pragmatic communication challenges while supporting their desired outcomes. Michelle has experience working with high-functioning kids with autism in elementary school. For years, Michelle only viewed her work through the therapist's eyes. Now being a mother of two, her perception has changed. Ever since her daughter entered nursery school, she developed the urge to assist parents experiencing unexpectedly challenging times during these early school years. All Island Speech Contact Info: Email: Lori@allislandspeech.com Website: www.allislandspeech.com Michelle Yackow Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: https://michelleyackow.wixsite.com/michelleyackowslp Facebook groups: (Stuttering DeMystified for SLPs) www.facebook.com/groups/stutteringdemystify (Lori Melnitsky ADHD Coach Ages 14 To Adult) https://www.facebook.com/groups/768563444534843/
September 13, 2022
Episode 35: Is there a cure for stuttering?
In this episode Lori Melnitsky talks about this topic. Is there a cure for stuttering? www.allislandspeech.com
August 16, 2022
Episode 34: Do I tell other people I stutter?
Stuttering is one of the most shameful things to most people who have the challenge. Nobody wants to confirm they stutter. Years ago, I was embarrassed to confirm that I stutter. I did not want people to find out about it. When I was 17, I joined a group for people who stutter. I was so ashamed to accept that I stuttered. When parents bring their children to me, most promise they will open up to me, but they don't. I often must share my story with them to help them feel comfortable with me. One major fact about stuttering is that it has no cure. Many people have learned how to manage it, while others have yet to arrive. They're not developmentally ready, and they're worried about other things, such as making friends or doing well in school. How do we do when a child stutters? We all need to appreciate that every child is different, and they need our encouragement. It is our duty to allow them to live judgment free. We need to make them feel at peace and loved and take them to a speech pathologist. Key Talking Points of the Episode: [01:26] My story with stuttering [03:08] What to do when a child is going through therapy and stutter [06:09] What do we do when a child stutters? Are you looking for a professional speech pathologist? Let's have a chat. I offer continuing education CE courses on preschool stuttering and school-age, and advanced classes on Stuttering Therapy and ADHD. Would you Love to Connect with me? Follow me on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allislandspeechandstuttering Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allislandspeech/
August 12, 2022
Episode33: Is it stuttering or word finding?
In this episode Lori Melnitsky talks about the confusion between word finding and stuttering. www.allislandspeech.com
August 10, 2022
Episode 32: Why easy stuttering isn’t the answer for all who stutter.
Why easy stuttering isn’t the answer for all who stutter? EP Today I went into Panera and ordered a sandwich. I love having my sandwich with a fork and knife. The sandwich took me back to when I was younger. I ate my sandwiches without a knife or a fork because I could not ask for them. Ordering the sandwich was a whole load of trouble for me because I couldn’t say it. I would write it on a piece of paper and end up eating without a fork and knife. Fear and shame became my portion due to my disorder. If you are a parent with a child who stutters, I sincerely wish that you can find a speech pathologist specializing in stuttering. I know most insurance companies do not cover this, and you will find that most speech pathologists do not get renumerated which Isn’t fair. Have you met speech experts who believe stuttering is a lost case and cannot get better? I beg to differ. With the right program, stuttering can be eliminated or reduced. The earlier you take your child to a speech pathologist, the easier it is for them to improve their speech. This episode investigates why easy stuttering isn’t the answer for all who stutter. Listen and learn. Key Talking Points of the Episode: [01:22] My story on stuttering sandwich story [05:10] Finding a stuttering therapist Magical Quote from the Episode: “If you intervene early, you could stop stuttering or make it minimal. You can increase fluency if you do a lot of family involvement.” Are you looking for a professional speech pathologist? Let’s have a chat. I offer continuing education CE courses on preschool stuttering and school-age, as well as advanced classes on Stuttering Therapy and ADHD. Would you Love to Connect with me? Follow me on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allislandspeechandstuttering Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allislandspeech/
July 22, 2022
Episode 31: Does Stuttering Ebb and Flow: how to help
Does Stuttering Ebb and Flow? One of the most challenging questions you always ask yourself is, does stuttering ebb and flow? As a stuttering specialist and speech pathologist, I confirm that it happens. If you are a parent with a child who stutters, you might have realized you have a moment when your child’s speech becomes excellent then before you know it, the stutter is back. I know how frustrating that is, but it shouldn’t worry you. I have had episodes when stuttering is severe, but it has become much better through self-care and a structured program. There is a huge misconception that stuttering only happens when one is anxious. The truth is, you can be relaxed and still have the stuttering. Your vocal cords are vibrating and hitting themselves harder, interrupting the airflow. Stuttering can have a negative impact on people. You may find some people trying as hard as they can to hide it by not saying what they want. Other people avoid words because they are unsure, they can get them right. To overcome the stuttering mountain, you need to have strategies in place. An article by Sandra G Boodman suggests that the emotional component of speech disorder may offer clues to treatment. According to the article, early intervention is ideal because we can knock out and address some emotional elements that come with stuttering later. There is a boy I’ve been working with. He has always wanted to make morning announcements in school at least once a week, but his morning anxiety gets in his way, but just the other day, he messaged me saying he made the morning announcement and is proud of himself. That’s the best message ever! In this episode, we look at stuttering ebb and flow and some strategies we can use to improve our speech. Listen to learn more. Key Talking Points of the Episode: [01:53] Demystifying the greatest misconception about stuttering [03:24] How does stuttering ebb and flow? [05:05] Another side to stuttering: An article by Sandra G Boodman [07:19] A success story of an eight-year-old I’ve been working with [12:37]Conquering the mountain of stuttering Magical Quote from the Episode: “The more you can stick with therapy, the more you can work on yourself as a person, the more you will have control of your inner emotions.” Resources Mentioned in the Episode: The Big Leap- Gay Hendricks Another Side to Stuttering- Sandra G Stuttering Learn more from my website
July 14, 2022
Episode 31: Afraid of failing? Yes it sucks but never stop trying.
In this episode Lori Melnitsky talks about failing and overcoming. She discusses the importance of failing sometimes to succeed later on.
June 30, 2022
Episode 29: Why Lidcombe is the best for preschool stuttering
Why Lidcombe is the best for preschool stuttering Are you a parent to a child who stutters? This episode is for you. Today I share one of the best programs for pre-schoolers who stutter. When choosing a program for your child, one of the things that I encourage people to consider is going to a therapist who specializes in stuttering. Also, I always advise parents to do their homework on the programs. Some programs do more harm than good. Today I want to share why Lidcombe is the best for preschool children. Parents interact with their children: One of the things I love seeing is parents interacting with their children during therapy. With the Lidcombe program, the interaction between the parent and child has to be there. It is positive: Have you ever tried a program that leaves your child feeling worse than they are? Lidcombe can never be that program for you. It is filled with a lot of positivity. It is flexible: With children, the flexibility of a program goes a long way in ensuring that they benefit from the program. The goal with Lidcombe is to eliminate stuttering. Key Talking Points of the Episode: [00:55] I love to see parents interacting with their children [01:06] It is positive [01:10] It can be modified as needed Are you looking for a professional speech pathologist? Let’s have a chat. I offer continuing education CE courses on preschool stuttering and school-age, as well as advanced classes on Stuttering Therapy and ADHD. Would you Love to Connect with me? Follow me on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allislandspeechandstuttering Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allislandspeech/
June 20, 2022
Episode 28: Understanding Executive Functioning: My child is struggling in school or Life
In this episode, I talk about ADHD and EF coaching, explaining how it simplifies executive functioning related to learning and ADHD. www.allislandspeech.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/768563444534843/?ref=share_group_link
June 06, 2022
Episode 27: Overcoming fear and finding joy : Don’t let the fear of drowning stop you from swimming
In this episode Lori talks about how fear can stop you. Lori is a life coach helping people overcome challenges and also ADHD. Lori@allislandspeech.com
June 03, 2022
Episode 25: I stutter and became fluent after age 30
In this episode, I discuss my journey to fluent speech after age 30. As a person who stutters, a stuttering specialist, and a speech pathologist, I am confident that not all stuttering adults are nervous and need medicine. www.allislandspeech.com Do not give up: I was way over age 30. It took me time to find the right help. Do not give up!!!!!
May 24, 2022
Episode 23: Top tips to Help College Students with ADHD
In this episode I talk about helping college students succeed with ADHD and how to listen as parents.
May 14, 2022
Episode 22: Why taking intensive fluency therapy is recommended for teens and adults who stutter.
In this episode I talk about the MPI 2 stuttering program for teens and adults. Listen to fluency specialist and speech pathologist talk about her personal journey as a person who stutters and has treated hundreds of children and adults who stutter. www.allislandspeech.com
May 02, 2022
Episode 21 Part 2: Listen to Leah Fradkin’s journey with ADHD and dyslexia
Part 2: In this episode Leah continues her heart breaking and heart warming story with ADHD and dyslexia.
April 29, 2022
Episode 20 Part 1: A personal journey from a 24 year old with ADHD
Part 1: In this episode, I interview my daughter Leah who talks about her experience with ADHD and dyslexia in high school and college.
April 29, 2022
Episode 19: Lets Talk ADHD Basics
In this episode I talk about the basics of ADHD and why understanding it is so important. Many people with ADHD and executive functioning view themselves as having a deficit as the name implies. However if we explain early on what it is and how we can live with ADHD productivity and confidence improved. For more info on coaching please visit www.allislandspeech.com Lori@alllislandspeech.com
April 28, 2022
Episode 18: Is Stuttering a Taboo Word?
In this episode I talk about using the word stuttering so it is not a taboo word. There no reason to not use the word. Lori Melnitsky is a speech pathologist who stutters. As a young child the word was not heard often. Many use smooth vs. bumpy instead of stuttering. Here is my opinion of using the word. https://www.allislandspeech.com/
April 24, 2022
Episode 17: How a 22 year old quadriplegic learned how to speak again
In this episode, I talk with Rebecca Koltun. At the age of 22, Rebecca had to learn to speak after a tragic skiing accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down. She is an extraordinary young woman with an incredible story.
April 19, 2022
Episode 16: Simple process of when to start stuttering therapy in children
In this episode I talk when to start stuttering therapy in children and three easy tips to follow. Feel free to enter info below https://lori-melnitsky.mykajabi.com/mythsandfacts
April 15, 2022
Episode 15: Using powerful words to motivate our children
In this episode I discuss ways to use positive words to encourage and motivate our children.
April 15, 2022
Episode 14: Best Activities Preschool Stuttering
In this episode I talk about fun and innovative ways to work with preschool stuttering.
April 06, 2022
Episode: 13 Understanding fluency strategies from Someone who uses them
In this episode I explain why some fluency strategies work and others do not. Click here to download my free guide: Myths and Facts Behind Stuttering.
March 25, 2022
Episode 12: 3 Tips To Reduce Stuttering in Adults
In this episode Lori Melnitsky, a SLP who stutters discusses three simple ways to decrease stuttering in adults and improve communication.
March 14, 2022
Episode 11: Understand how speaking fear can cause anxiety?
In this episode you will hear how people who stutter avoid situations due to fears of being found out as a person who stutters.
March 02, 2022
Episode 10: Meet Alina. Another SLP and person who happens to stutter.
In this episode I welcome Alina Rivkin. She specializes in stuttering in Boca Raton, Florida. Alina is a speech pathologist who stutters and directs Clearversation Speech and Stuttering Therapy. She inspirational and has great advice.
February 11, 2022
Episode 9: Hearing from Thomas, an amazing college student who stutters, on improving fluency and eliminate fear
I am thrilled to have on Thomas, a college student who conquered fluency and fear to soar in college and life. Believe me when I tell you Thomas stuttered severely three years ago. He is an inspiration and a positive force in this world. For more information, please contact Lori@allisandspeech.com www.allislandspeech.com
February 08, 2022
Episode 8: Letting go of fear…yes I stutter too
In this episode Lori Melnitsky talks about a personal journey and letting go of fear…Fluency is much more than learning tools www.allislandspeech.com
February 08, 2022
Episode 7: Understanding breathing with people who stutter: we know how to breathe
In this episode I discuss how the relationship of breathing and stuttering. Breathing is over addressed and misunderstand. PWS know how to breathe. www.allislandspeech.com
January 22, 2022
Episode 5&6: Fluency is not an evil word in stuttering: It gives many hope
In this episode I talk about stuttering and how important the word fluency can be too many. Yes. I stutter too.
January 13, 2022
Episode 4: Helping the School Aged Child Who Stutters
Lori Melnitsky starts the episode by explaining that school children have different types of stutters that range from mild to extreme. It is firstly important to recognize if the stutter is mild or extreme, so it can be determined whether it needs immediate intervention or wait for a few months before intervening. Stutter may be progressive or sudden. Some children might go through a disfluent period of speaking. It is also not unusual for disfluencies to be apparent and then to go away for a period of weeks or months only to come back again. While helping a stuttering child, Each person who stutters will have a different surface behavior and degree of difficulty with their speech so, it is important to remember that each child may need a different solution to help them. Parents should consult speech pathologists who specialize in stuttering and give their children enough time to practice speaking. The speech pathologist will not only treat the child but also help on training the parents to recognize the stutter and to hold conversations that aid the treatment. Children and adults who stutter also frequently experience psychological, emotional, social, and functional consequences from their stuttering, including social anxiety, a sense of loss of control, and negative thoughts or feelings about themselves or about communication which is why therapy must be positive—it should make them feel empowered to speak for themselves. Highlights: • Children are often forced into therapy by parents or schools, which makes it harder to treat. Parents should not force their children into therapy; instead, they should meet a specialist to help children make informed decisions. • Due to various hormonal changes, older children might need to be in therapy for longer. • The goal of speech therapy is to speak more naturally. This goal is best achieved through informal practice with family members. • All children with stutters do not achieve fluency. They may not want to change their speaking style or • Children should be told that stuttering is okay, and be given examples of people who stutter. These examples may include celebrities like George Springer, a famous baseball player. • Therapy should be evidence-based, and should not take a child’s voice. They should be empowered and encouraged to speak for themselves.
December 30, 2021
Episode 3: How to talk to preschool and early elementary children who Stutter.
Episode 3: How to talk to preschool children who stutter: People who stutter present a unique opportunity to teach the world to listen. Today, I will be demystifying how to communicate effectively with preschool children who stutter and ways to provide them with the support and encouragement they need. Stuttering is a common speech disorder affecting millions of people worldwide, including many young children. While stuttering can be frustrating and challenging for children and their parents, it is essential to remember that children who stutter can learn to communicate effectively and confidently with the proper support and guidance. One way to achieve this is by not interrupting a child while they are talking, as it's likely to raise awareness due to the redundancy effect. Also, offering a listening ear and using complimentary words such as 'wow' and ‘interesting’ shows that you acknowledge their message. According to Starkweather, reducing asking them direct questions is advisable since many events in a child's environment influence their speech. Whether you are a parent of a preschool child who stutters, a teacher, a therapist, or someone who wants to learn more about communicating with a child, this episode will provide valuable information and support. Let's get started! Key Talking Points of the Episode: [00:30] Do preschool children stutter? [01:01] Tips on speaking with a stuttering child [05:35] The ripple effect of the Lidcombe program on stuttering preschoolers [06:00] Importance of a relaxed environment www.allislandspeech.com
December 26, 2021
Episode 2: What is Stuttering Really?
Episode 2- What is Stuttering Really- by Stuttering DeMystified and Beyond Lori: Hello and welcome to episode 2 of Stuttering Demystified with your host Laurie Melnitsky speech language pathologist stuttering specialist and a person who happens to stutter also. In this episode, I would love to talk to you about what stuttering is and what it is not. And I would like to start with a story that is really a little bit astounding to me because I really hadn't thought about it in many years. So many years ago, when I was in college, I decided to go on a crash diet to lose weight. It was one of these diets where you ate lettuce and tomato all day. There was no protein. So after about a month I started to feel very lightheaded obviously. I don't recommend and I did lose weight. But I 1 day was out with friends and I fainted. So, I was 19 and I came home from college because I wanted to see a doctor to rule out any kind of underlying medical conditions. I just want to say that I think that this might be a little bit eye opening to people who don't understand stuttering. So, for some reason when I would go to see a doctor I would get like very overwhelmed. I would get nervous. I didn't know what I wanted to say. So, not only would I stutter more I would like also like try and pick words to make myself sound as fluent as I can. And it's so ironic because now I work with doctors always. So, it's just kind of ironic. Anyway, to make a long story short I went into his office and I spoke to this doctor for maybe 5 minutes. I did not know that from my last name he knew that my father was a pharmacist in the area. I was only 19 and it was pretty much before HIPPA rules had come out, because I think I was looking this up. HIPPA confidentiality rules came about or an actual law came about in 1996. So, this was before then I don't remember them asking me if they could speak with anybody with my permission. So, all of a sudden, he was examining me and he said, ‘You'll have to excuse me. I have to go make a telephone call.’ I thought it was a little odd because he was in the middle of examining me and all of a sudden, the nurse said, ‘Get dressed and go into his office.’ I went and I sat down and he handed me a phone. He was already on the phone with my father and he said, ‘I prescribed a certain medicine. I want you to speak with him and I will let him know because you can't drive home.’ Now, working in a pharmacy for years. I was familiar with a lot of the medicines and I knew the medicine he recommended was for epilepsy and I for the life of me have no idea how he got to epilepsy since he didn't do any medical tests, he didn't refer me out he didn't do any blood work. So, my father got on the phone and said ‘Lori get out of the office now and run and don't go back there.’ He doesn't know what he's talking about. So, I left. And I went nervous about driving home, because I knew he didn't do anything medically or any testing to really find out what had been causing me to faint. So, I went home and I didn't know this, I think until afterwards. My mother called up the doctor the next day and said, ‘Why in the world would you say she has epilepsy? Are you thinking that maybe she was stuttering?’ www.allislandspeech.com
December 17, 2021
Episode 1: From Accountant to Speech Pathologist as a person who Stutters
Episode 1- From Accountant to Speech Pathologist as a person who Stutters by Stuttering DeMystified and Beyond Lori: Hello and welcome to Stuttering Demystified hosted by Lori Melnitsky. I'm a speech language pathologist. I'm a stuttering specialist. I'm an ADHD life coach and most importantly, I am a person who stutters and who used to stutter very severely. And I am so excited. This is episode 1 and I wanted to talk to you. What this episode is about is, how I became a speech language pathologist. And I think it's a message really more than that. Not so much that I was an accountant and became a speech language pathologist. It's a message about hope. It's a message about perseverance and believing in oneself. So, I really hope this helps you. It actually helps me because I have to rehash it or I want to and I think it will help all of us really move forward in life and inspire you or I'm hoping so. So, I'm just going to tell you that I started stuttering at the age of 4 and it ran in my family because my because my father stuttered also. And at a young age, I was aware I was different. I spoke differently. I couldn't say my name and I also had curly hair that I always wanted to have straight hair. So, at a young age, I felt like I was different than everybody else. And in elementary school, I was aware that I couldn't raise my hand to ask for the hall pass to go to the ladies’ room, and when they went around the room to ask people to read out loud. The anxiety inside of me rose, because I did not want to be found out as a person who stutters, so I did everything I possibly could. I hid in the back of the room. I chose a seat in the back of the room. I would put my hair, my curly hair in front of my face and really, I wanted to disappear. Because what if I was found out and what if people started laughing at me, and what if they didn't want to be friends with me. So that was really hard, but I was very fortunate in the sense that I had a supportive family. I have a brother who's 4 years younger than me. So, my parents and my brother were very, very supportive and they never really treated me as someone different or someone who stutters. Fast forward to really by the time I got to be maybe almost 12 or 13, my father owned, with his brother my father owns a pharmacy, which in some ways I think just taught me things to really overcome so much in life. It was probably one of the most important jobs at a young age that I ever had. And even though I stuttered, there wasn't that much help honestly for stuttering at that time or that much knowledge about it. I did get a little help in middle school, but I did arts, honestly arts and crafts projects most of the time and I didn't know how that was helping me. There's one instance that I remember that my mother had called the school and said, my daughter's really stuttering a lot. She's blocking on words and she's repeating words and she just can't get her message out. And they said, okay, we'll do an evaluation. I remember sitting in a music class trying to learn how to read music which was not going really well. And all of a sudden, I heard, ‘Lori Melminsky. Well, Lori Melnitsky, please report to the speech office for an evaluation.’ And I said, ‘I cannot believe they're announcing this.’ I'm going to like fall on the floor don't know what to do. The music teacher didn't know me by name, so I was like alright, I can make believe that I I'm like hiding. Like nobody will notice me. But my friends obviously knew me and said, you have to listen to the announcement. So, I kind of put my coat over my head. I grabbed my books. Kind of like slid down the hallway against, I can even feel it almost against like the shiny tiles on the wall. Crawled into the speech room and I remember thinking I wanted to be invisible. There is hope. It changed and got better. www.allislandspeech.com
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