What is a stuttering gremlin?

By | 2018-05-07T11:08:35+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Stigma, Therapy for Stuttering|

This toxic creature is the voice inside your head that tells you a whole slew of ideas that when obeyed, will lead you down a path of “safe” but isolated self-defeating life choices. He is the mental collective of all the negative things others have said or implied about you as well as the more [...]

Free Discussions with Parents of Children Who Stutter: Common Themes

By | 2018-03-26T13:02:47+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Children Who Stutter, Parents, Therapy for Stuttering|

Since December of 2017,  in collaboration with Dori Holte, we have hosted free online information and support groups for parents of children who stutter. These meetings were created to help parents navigate the complexities of childhood stuttering and provide much-needed support during the often confusing experience. We choose a theme each month. These have [...]

Upcoming Immersion Programs at AIS

By | 2018-04-09T15:38:02+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Announcements, Featured, Immersion Programs, Intensive Programs, Therapy for Stuttering|

We've got five one-week immersion programs available this summer. If you're wanting to learn more about the design of the program and the recent change from calling these programs "intensives" to the new "immersions," check our this recent blog post. Still have questions? We'll answer some here. Why should you participate in an AIS [...]

The Courage to Stop Running

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

What’s in a name? The change from “Intensive” to “Immersion”

By | 2018-04-09T15:24:04+00:00 January 31st, 2018|AIS News, Announcements, Featured, Immersion Programs, Intensive Programs, Therapy for Stuttering|

When a company rebrands a product or service with a new name, it is often just a gimmick to attract new consumers with hopes of a new and improved version that really isn’t very new at all. With this in mind, I want to reflect on the dramatic shift in program offerings here at AIS, [...]

Joshua recaps our first teen intensive stuttering therapy program in Atlanta

By | 2017-11-28T11:09:10+00:00 August 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 [...]

Meditation resources to help in your stuttering journey

By | 2018-05-22T17:10:58+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Therapy for Stuttering|

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, [...]

My Fight

By | 2017-10-26T13:25:20+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Children Who Stutter, Client Stories, Intensive Programs, Therapy for Stuttering|

Hi, my name is Daniella, and I am 13 years old. I am in 8th grade and have been stuttering since 5th grade. Picture this: that really annoying kid who would raise her hand every time the teacher asked a question. You know the one; the little know-it-all who can be super annoying sometimes, that [...]

“Love and Speed Dating”

By | 2017-10-23T09:29:17+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Client Stories, People Who Stutter, Public Speaking, Therapy for Stuttering, Videos|

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 [...]

Upcoming One-Day Workshop

By | 2017-02-19T06:26:49+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Therapy for Stuttering, Upcoming Events|

Sunday, December 4th 10-5pm Please join us for a Fear Reduction One-Day Workshop at AIS. This one-day workshop is for past and present AIS clients who want to work on reducing individual speaking fears and avoidances, and push beyond their personal comfort zones. We will complete cognitive restructuring exercises to change the negative thoughts that [...]