Reducing stuttering. Eliminating self-imposed limitations. Achieving all of your goals.
If you’re an adult who stutters, you may think it’s just something you have to live with. Or because you didn’t grow out of it, that there is a limitation to how fluent you can become. We will be quick to tell you that both of those statements are false.
A 38-year old client with a moderate stutter recently enrolled at AIS after having received several courses of previous stuttering therapy. During treatment at AIS, he increased his fluency and minimized his blocks. He also found himself feeling more at ease and open in every aspect of his life – participating fully in conversations, and living life fully and fearlessly. He stated, “In hindsight, I see how my stutter made my life smaller and smaller. I only wish I had come to AIS sooner. I never really got to the heart of the matter before – how I felt about myself and my communication.”
Today, this individual is working on eliminating any remaining limitations. He started his own business – something he acknowledges he would have never done if he hadn’t come to AIS.
At every age, AIS can make a significant, positive impact on the lives of people who stutter.
What happens when I go for treatment?
Before we begin treatment, we gather personal history information and evaluate your overall fluency. In addition we assess any secondary behaviors (like foot tapping), word avoidances and more. We discuss how you think and feel about your speech and learn how stuttering has affected different aspects of your life.
While every person is different, therapy commonly involves:
- Reducing stuttering tension and blocks
- Addressing stuttering from a holistic standpoint – going beyond the physical to a true mind-body-spirit approach.
- Positive psychology and mindfulness training.
- Improving overall communication skills and comfort in public speaking situations.
- Working with your spouse, partner, parents and/or children as appropriate to help them understand your stutter—and how they can best support your therapy. It is usually very helpful for family members to learn how to best support you.
What are the treatment options?
- AIS offers one-on-one sessions that can be done weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.
- AIS Weekly Practice and Support Group. This weekly walk-in program is available to past and current AIS clients. Due to our hard-working board and generous donors, this program is free.
- AIS offers two-week intensive programs for adults. Created specifically for people who want an immersive experience, this dynamic group program provides a life-changing experience.