10 Things I Wish My Younger Self Knew about Stuttering

By |2018-08-27T16:47:38+00:00August 27th, 2018|Acceptance, AIS Staff, 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 [...]

4 Reflections on the 2018 NSA Conference in Chicago

By |2018-08-14T15:20:48+00:00August 7th, 2018|People Who Stutter, Support, Uncategorized|

Stuttering is a journey through suffering, fear, and loneliness. But as I learned this past weekend, it doesn't always have to be. I traveled by myself to Chicago for the four-day National Stuttering Association conference knowing almost no one and left profoundly changed, connected, and accepted.  I've always been fortunate to have family and friends who have [...]

Revisiting Starbucks

By |2018-07-24T14:41:22+00:00July 13th, 2018|People Who Stutter, Stigma|

This article generated a great deal of public outrage, in particular since it involved a Philadelphia Starbucks, which had another controversial incident a few weeks ago. Sam, a student at Wharton, ordered his coffee and the barista responded by saying, “Ok S-S-Sam.” Then, when he received his order, “Sssssam” was written on the cup. Maintaining [...]

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 [...]

My Journey Home

By |2018-09-20T09:46:16+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 [...]

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 [...]

“Fluency is not required to make a great presentation”

By |2017-03-07T21:33:29+00:00January 25th, 2017|People Who Stutter, Public Speaking, Workshops|

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 [...]