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Samuel L. Jackson speaks at the Freeing Voices Changing Lives Benefit Gala for the American Institute for Stuttering

By | June 27th, 2013|Benefit Gala, Featured, People Who Stutter, Public Speaking|

On June 3, 2013, we had the privilege of honoring Samuel L. Jackson at our 7th Annual Freeing Voices, Changing Lives Benefit Gala. Each year at the gala, we aim to raise money in order to continue providing universally affordable specialized therapy to people who stutter of all ages. Bruce Willis, a surprise guest, presented [...]

Katherine Preston on her new book

By | March 28th, 2013|Featured, Friends, News in Stuttering, People Who Stutter|

Katherine Preston is the author of Out With It: How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice. She visited AIS to several years ago in order to interview Catherine Montgomery and visit with our Tuesday night support/practice group. Its been along time coming, but her book is finally hitting the shelves! She was kind enough to [...]

Is stuttering genetic?

By | March 20th, 2013|Featured, Research|

written by: Dr. Heather Grossman People who stutter often report that they have other relatives who stutter. However, this finding alone does not prove that stuttering is genetic; one could argue that a child can come to stutter by imitation.  Further complicating the issue is the fact that not all people who stutter actually have [...]

Happy New Year from AIS

By | January 2nd, 2013|AIS Staff, Featured|

From all of us at the American Institute for Stuttering, we hope  you and your loved ones have had a happy and fulfilling holiday season. We would like to thank all of our supporters for the opportunity to help people who stutter; AIS is a special place and we are fortunate to work with so [...]

Shy vs. introverted, what’s the difference?

By | December 21st, 2012|Featured, Therapy for Stuttering|

Is “shy” the same as “introverted,” and what does that have to do with stuttering? With the holidays upon us, there tend to be more opportunities for socializing.  A person who stutters may find these gatherings challenging, particularly if he or she feels shy in social settings. Shyness is a feeling of timidity, discomfort, or [...]

Adults who stutter: Shyness and social anxiety

By | December 19th, 2012|Featured, Therapy for Stuttering|

Written by: Amy Strekas We wrote a post about shyness and children who stutter a couple of months ago and we'd like to address this same issue in adults. While stuttering does not cause shyness, some adults who stutter also happen to struggle with social anxiety. If you're interested in this topic, you might find this [...]

Stuttering and the shy child

By | October 15th, 2012|Featured, School|

Since my return to the American Institute for Stuttering, I've been badgering the AIS staff about possible topics for new blog posts. I recently heard Amy Strekas share about her interest in shyness and its relation to people who stutter. So, naturally, I jumped on the opportunity to pay it forward to the AIS Blog. [...]

Detecting Stuttering Problems

By | November 4th, 2011|Featured, Therapy for Stuttering|

Heather L. Grossman, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-FD Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency Disorders and Clinical Director of AIS discusses methods for detecting stuttering problems: When parents first hear their child stutter, they typically feel panic and even fear. It's heartbreaking to hear very young children cry out in frustration, "My mouth doesn't work!" or cover their [...]

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