Slice of Life: I am more than my stutter

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 [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]

“Love and Speed Dating”

Hector shares his experience at the recent AIS Public Speaking Workshop. I decided to participate in AIS's Public Speaking workshop because I wanted to gain more confidence in my public speaking. My job requires me to speak a fair amount, and while I've gotten better at it over time, it still doesn't feel...right. We were [...]

Four videos of Sid from the AIS intensive program

Every time a person completes an intensive program here at AIS, we provide them with the videos we recorded during their experience. Sid participated in the July 2015 two-week intensive program and he gave us permission to share all four of his videos. Thank you Sid! On the first day of the intensive program, Sid [...]

AIS Public Speaking Workshop Series: Check out this inside look from David

AIS began offering monthly public speaking workshops in January and they have been a huge success! These workshops aim to give past and present clients an opportunity to hone their public speaking skills. AIS client, David Louisia, gives us an inside look at his most recent speech from the June workshop. This workshop focused on [...]

Juan speaks at the 7th annual benefit gala

At this year's Freeing Voices, Changing Lives benefit gala, Juan talked about his participation in a weekly kids' therapy group and the benefits of coming to a place where people understand what stuttering is like. He set the audience into thunderous laughter when he said, humorously, "I'm thankful to be a speaker at the gala [...]

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

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 [...]

Dhruv gives a speech at a Toastmaster’s competition and wins first place!

Dhruv attended our intensive therapy program this past January and he recently rejoined his local Toastmaster's club in Guangzhou, China. On March 23rd, he competed in a Toastmaster's divisional speech contest and won second place with his speech titled, "Turn-Around Thinking." In the speech, Dhruv shares about attending the intensive therapy program at AIS, and [...]