We opened a new office in Atlanta, GA in 2016. Senior clinician Carl Herder is proud to extend the AIS mission of providing universally affordable specialized stuttering treatment and support to the Southeast.
Located in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood just outside of downtown, our new office is easily accessible from all over the metro area, and conveniently positioned next to the Beltline.
Individual therapy services and group workshops are currently available for adults and children of all ages who stutter. As always financial assistance is available.
We ran our first intensive therapy program in Atlanta in August, 2017. Joshua’s speech on the last day of that program is available here. We plan to offer one-week immersion programs in summer 2018 for both teens and adults. Check our calendar for dates.
Contact the Atlanta Office
American Institute for Stuttering
691 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
“I was so tired of the therapy options in the Atlanta area. Carl really gets it, and meeting with him for the first time was like a breath of fresh air. Now my son is learning to take more speaking risks and speak more courageously. We have truly seen him improve as a communicator in a short period of time.”
– Maggie, mother of an Atlanta teen
“Carl was such a blessing for our son. As a fellow stutterer and speech-language pathologist, I knew what a life-long struggle stuttering could be. I also knew that the traditional “fluency-enhancing strategies” were not working for my child, and was even making his stuttering worse. At first I tried to help him with his stutter, then I took him to a local expert, during which I was slowly watching his stutter get worse and worse. Not only was he repeating words and sounds more, but now he was even blocking and refusing to talk when it became difficult to get his message out. I was at a loss. I was frustrated with being part mommy, part ineffective speech therapist. At three years of age, I knew that he would have a very long road ahead of him if I did not do something about his stutter now.
After researching different stuttering techniques and highly-recommended organizations, I came across the American Institute for Stuttering’s website. I was shocked and thrilled to find out that they had a location in Atlanta. Although it was a 30 minute drive from my house, not including Atlanta traffic, I did not care; I would drive across state lines if it meant that my son would be able to enjoy talking again.
I was skeptical starting the process with a new therapist all over again, as therapy did not work for my son in the past. But after talking with Carl on the phone, I was optimistic that trying a new, progressive therapy technique could perhaps work for my son, and at the worst, would not do any harm. From the moment we met Carl until our last day with him, he was warm, encouraging, knowledgeable, and most importantly, helpful. He helped us better understand stuttering, even me and this is what I do for a living. But most of all, he helped Ryder feel confident in talking again, and low and behold the blocks and refusing to talk stopped! Once my son wasn’t self-conscious about his stutter, he could relax, and the words could flow out.
Even though our son is now in a “good place” with his fluency, we know that there will be times that we may need to come back and see Carl again. He assured us that his door will always be open. I know that my son will miss “playing” with Mr. Carl on a regular basis, but later he will better understand the situation and be just as grateful for him as my husband and I are. Thank you, Mr. Carl! We are forever grateful for you and truly admire what you are doing for the stuttering community. We wish you nothing but the best.”
-C.W., Mother of a 4-year-old