No Longer Covert

By |2018-10-22T14:02:26+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Acceptance, Client Stories, Self-Advertising, Stuttering Awareness|

No Longer Covert My name is Adriana and I’ve chosen to share my story and no longer live as a covert stutterer. Being a covert stutterer meant that I did everything I could to hide my stutter. Growing up I was afraid of what people would do or say if they found out that I [...]

My Disjointed Voice: A Poem About Stuttering

By |2018-10-12T16:55:08+00:00October 9th, 2018|Acceptance, Client Stories, Creative, Self-Advertising, Stigma|

I decided to write this poem when I heard a lot of comments from my family members about how my writing voice is different from my speaking voice. I wanted to tell people through this poem that my thoughts are like everyone else’s even though my speaking voice is not. It speaks to the journey of stuttering because it highlights [...]

Julia’s reflections on the FRIENDS Convention

By |2018-09-11T09:03:49+00:00September 11th, 2018|Acceptance, Self-Advertising, Teens who stutter|

This year was my first FRIENDS Convention and it was truly amazing! For the convention I went to Omaha, Nebraska with my parents. Leading up to it I was very nervous, but also very excited. Ever since going to AIS I have seen how amazing the stuttering community is and being around it for three [...]

10 Things I Wish My Younger Self Knew about Stuttering

By |2018-08-27T16:47:38+00:00August 27th, 2018|Acceptance, People Who Stutter, Support|

As a child growing up, I had many different misconceptions about stuttering, and the path that it would put me on as I entered adulthood. In reflecting back on some of these misconceptions, I wanted to share 10 core things that I wish I could tell myself at a younger age.   10 Things I [...]

3 Basic Rules of Self-Advertising Your Stuttering

By |2018-08-21T15:14:24+00:00August 21st, 2018|Acceptance, Self-Advertising|

Self-Advertising, or Self-Disclosure, is a powerful tool for people who stutter. For those unfamiliar with the concept, self-advertising is telling someone you stutter. If you find yourself getting caught up worrying about what others are thinking about your stuttering, think about how talking might be different if the listener only knew you stuttered. This is [...]

Slice of Life: I am more than my stutter

By |2018-03-21T10:08:04+00:00March 21st, 2018|Acceptance, Client Stories, Featured, Immersion Programs, Intensive Programs, People Who Stutter, Public Speaking, School, Stuttering Awareness, Testimonials|

Bibi is one of the many unique personalities with whom we've come into contact since establishing our new office in Atlanta, GA. Near the end of last school year, she was feeling tired of the impact stuttering was having on her life, and decided to ask a speech therapist at her high school if help [...]

How my stutter has made me a better father

By |2018-02-26T09:36:31+00:00February 26th, 2018|Acceptance, Client Stories, People Who Stutter|

A question often raised whenever I’m in a group of people who stutter is “what are the benefits, or what have you gotten out of stuttering?” Some of the more common answers are something like “it’s made me a more compassionate person” or, "it’s made me a more patient person.” While I think those are [...]

The Courage to Stop Running

By |2018-02-26T09:49:21+00:00February 23rd, 2018|Acceptance, 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 [...]

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 [...]