Addressing the stigma of stuttering

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!

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

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

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, [...]

Coming to Atlanta! Teen intensive therapy program – June 12-17, 2017

We are proud to announce our first ever intensive therapy program for teens who stutter in Atlanta, Georgia! For over 20 years, we have offered intensive programs for adults and teens at our AIS office in New York City, and we are excited to bring one of these intensives to the Atlanta region in 2017! The [...]

“Fluency is not required to make a great presentation”

I recently participated in a public speaking workshop for people who stutter in the new AIS office in Atlanta. We gave both planned and impromptu speeches. It was a tremendously meaningful experience for me. I used to think that I needed to be perfectly fluent, however, this workshop reinforced for me that fluency is not [...]

7 Ways to Feel More Comfortable Talking about Stuttering to Others

Hi my name is MaKenna and I am 12 years old. Telling people about my stuttering was probably the hardest thing for me. Over the summer, I went to the AIS Teen Intensive Week, and we had to do some pretty challenging things that helped me overcome my fear of telling people about my stuttering. [...]