The Courage to Stop Running

By |2018-02-26T09:49:21+00:00February 23rd, 2018|Acceptance, AIS Staff, Desensitization, Immersion Programs, Therapy for Stuttering|

Mark O'Malia, M.S., CF-SLP has experience at AIS as a client, graduate student intern, and staff clinician. Below is his story, in his own words. Check out his bio on our Staff & Board page.   The Courage to Stop Running I remember sitting up nearly every night as a child, calculating all of the different speaking situations [...]

The best decision of my life

By |2018-02-07T12:58:44+00:00February 7th, 2018|Acceptance, Client Stories, Testimonials|

For the last four years, I have worked as a Clinical Laboratory Assistant in a Hematology laboratory where I have never had an issue with my stuttering and neither have my coworkers. In fact, when I first decided to return to speech therapy after a long hiatus, all of my coworkers were in support of [...]

What’s in a name? The change from “Intensive” to “Immersion”

By |2018-04-09T15:24:04+00:00January 31st, 2018|AIS News, Announcements, Featured, Immersion Programs, Intensive Programs, Therapy for Stuttering|

When a company rebrands a product or service with a new name, it is often just a gimmick to attract new consumers with hopes of a new and improved version that really isn’t very new at all. With this in mind, I want to reflect on the dramatic shift in program offerings here at AIS, [...]

My Journey Home

By |2018-01-26T10:06:40+00:00January 26th, 2018|AIS News, AIS Staff, Intensive Programs, People Who Stutter|

Please join us in welcoming a very talented therapist to the AIS Staff! Chaya Goldstein, M.A., CCC-SLP has experience at AIS as a graduate student intern, a client, and now a therapist, in that order. Below is her story, in her own words. Check our her bio on our Staff & Board page.   My [...]

My Place to Rejuvenate

By |2017-12-19T09:59:49+00:00November 28th, 2017|Client Stories, People Who Stutter, Support, Testimonials|

I had a realization about my stutter recently. I wasn’t having a particularly stressful or dysfluent day, but I remember thinking “wow this is tiring.” That’s not the realization, because honestly, when is stuttering not tiring? I think I have come to accept that part about stuttering, that its really tiring. And its not just [...]

Wasting Time

By |2017-11-28T11:08:00+00:00October 26th, 2017|Acceptance, Client Stories, Featured, People Who Stutter, Time Pressure|

This AIS Blog post was contributed by Elizabeth Wislar, author of The Stuttering Teacher Blog. Elizabeth is a special education teacher in Athens, GA.  A few weeks ago I was in line at a small independent grocery store that has a nice selection of healthy, prepared lunch items-- soups, pastas, salads etc. It was one of the [...]

Addressing the stigma of stuttering

By |2017-10-26T08:00:35+00:00October 20th, 2017|Client Stories, Creative, Public Speaking, Stigma, Stuttering Awareness|

In honor of International Stuttering Awareness Day on October 22, 2017, our first Fall public speaking workshop was themed "Self-Advocacy" and encouraged participants to explore ways people who stutter can address the stigma of stuttering. The workshop was inspired by Dr. Michael P. Boyle's recent research at Montclair State University. His research indicates that face-to-face contact between people [...]

Announcing Mark O’Malia to the AIS Therapy Staff!

By |2017-10-19T13:18:05+00:00October 18th, 2017|AIS News, AIS Staff, Featured, Headlines, Uncategorized|

Join us in welcoming our newest therapist to the American Institute for Stuttering, Mark O’Malia, M.S., CF-SLP! Read below to get to know a little more about Mark, and be sure to connect with him on Facebook!   Mark O’Malia, M.S., CF-SLP As a person who stutters, Mark has an in-depth understanding of the unique [...]

Joshua recaps our first teen intensive stuttering therapy program in Atlanta

By |2017-11-28T11:09:10+00:00August 14th, 2017|Intensive Programs, People Who Stutter, Therapy for Stuttering|

Imagine having something to say but being physically unable to get the words out. That was, and still somewhat is, my constant struggle. I used to let my stutter control every aspect of my life and it caused me intense anxiety whenever I talked. I have stuttered since the third grade but it started negatively [...]

Meditation resources to help in your stuttering journey

By |2018-05-22T17:10:58+00:00May 2nd, 2017|Therapy for Stuttering|

In our day-to-day work with people who stutter here at the American Institute for Stuttering, we often introduce our clients to various aspects of mindfulness (and often, meditation). We describe mindfulness as a calm awareness of what is happening now, internally and externally, without judgment. The application of mindfulness in stuttering therapy has broad implications, [...]