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 [...]
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 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. [...]
Carl talks about a fun way that he motivates the kids stuttering therapy group to practice their speech skills at home. If you have an idea for a reward activity for the kids, please tell us in the comments!
This Monday's meeting of our kids' stuttering therapy group was the best one yet. Carl talks about an activity that helped the kids reveal deep-seated feelings about their stuttering. And here's a still picture of the whiteboards and the speech lobster (click to zoom):
Rose is taking the January intensive stuttering therapy program that is running right now. Here are Rose and Carl talking about the stuttering modification strategies that she learned during the first week of the program.
This past Saturday, we held a one-day refresher therapy course for past clients. We spent the day working on voluntary stuttering and reviewing vocal fold management. During our conversation about voluntary stuttering, one of the participants shared a very interesting point. She has a friend who is a professional oboe player. Whenever he has a [...]
Here's a fantastic video that demonstrates the internal workings of normal diaphragmatic breathing. I have been showing this to clients recently during sessions when we cover diaphragmatic breathing, and it has been a big hit! Also, here is another video with color-coordinated detail of the diaphragm, lungs, intercostal muscles, and surrounding organs (and also features [...]
In the third week of each intensive therapy program, we have the participants contemplate and answer the following questions: What's 'bad' about stuttering? What have been the benefits of your stuttering? Is there any downside to being a more fluent speaker? Lastly, what are the benefits of managing your speech effectively and speaking more fluently? [...]
In an individual therapy session at AIS, Joe prepares for an interview by reviewing his vocal fold management strategies and then role playing the interview with his speech therapist, Carl. Of course, Joe is hopeful that he gets the gig, but understands this will be great practice for upcoming interviews if it doesn't work out [...]