Children who stutter – Fun ways to practice speech tools!

Written by: Dr. Heather Grossman We recently posted on the importance of listening.  It is more important to focus on what your child is saying than on how he or she is saying it. The speech therapist working with you and your child will help you determine when the time is right to actively integrate [...]

Shy vs. introverted, what’s the difference?

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

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 [...]

Pausing and speech rate, a basketball analogy

Earlier today, I was working with an adult client who clutters and stutters (for more information on cluttering, check out this previous AIS Blog post). In order to reduce his speech rate and the rate at which he responds to others in conversation, this client was practicing pausing. In our conversational practice, his goal was [...]

Why doesn’t my child use the speech tools he/she learned?

We recently started a parent support group here at AIS that meets the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30. Some of the issues that were raised are those that are frequently posed by parents of children who stutter. We’d like to take a moment to address one of those FAQs. Q: Why doesn’t my [...]

Teen Stuttering

Check out this article about AIS client Julia Marzovilla, who is on a mission to teach others about stuttering by talking about her own experiences with this speech challenge. Go Julia! http://www.teenvogue.com/connect/hot-topic/2012/03/teen-stuttering

Detecting Stuttering Problems

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 [...]

Haikus about stuttering!!!!

Last night, after our weekly support/practice group, I joined the group at a local watering hole. During that time, I challenged them to write poetry about stuttering, in the form of a Haiku. Here's what some of them came up with. What do you think? By Roelof Stutterers allowed To be speaking here tonight Those [...]

The 34th Street challenge!

The January intensive therapy program is now in the books. In the next few weeks, we'll share various posts and videos from the program. Here, several participants decided to accept a challenge from Carl. The group was on their way to Macy's, where they would practice integrating several mental and physical strategies with various employees. [...]