Depathologizing Stuttering with Chris Constantino

By |2020-03-10T10:42:08-05:00March 6th, 2020|Acceptance, Research, Speaker Series, Stigma|

Our most recent Speakers Series featured Dr. Chris Constantino, a person who stutters and professor at Florida State University. Chris is a leading thinker and researcher who looks at stuttering through the lens of the social model of disability, neurodiversity and stuttering pride and gain. In his most recent talk at AIS Chris posed the [...]

A Letter to My 16 Year Old Self

By |2020-02-07T10:50:42-05:00February 7th, 2020|Acceptance, Client Stories, Creative, Immersion Programs, People Who Stutter, Therapy for Stuttering|

We are truly grateful to work with our clients in making such awe-inspiring changes to their experience with stuttering. A recent speech given by our client Thair at the end of his immersion program shows the depth to which stuttering can impact a person's entire self-concept, but also reinforces that it is never too late [...]

4 Things to Know about Recovery from Shame

By |2020-01-31T16:51:34-05:00January 30th, 2020|Acceptance, Client Stories, Stigma|

I do not remember when I started stuttering. What I do remember were the feelings. Like something was wrong with me that I couldn’t quite understand. I was an exuberant child, enthusiastic about frogs and outdoor adventure, with a serious, very literal side. I was a high-achiever who was expected to do well in school [...]

3 Questions to Ask When Looking For a Speech Therapist For Your Child Who Stutters

By |2020-01-21T13:59:49-05:00January 21st, 2020|Children Who Stutter, Parents, Pediatricians, Speech Therapy, Therapy for Stuttering, Uncategorized|

Parents need to be selective consumers Stuttering treatment is very different from other speech therapy and it is critical to work with a therapist who has specialized training and experience. When parents seek medical care for their children, they typically do research, ask other parents and professionals for referrals, and consult with several doctors before choosing a provider. [...]

So you think you know about stuttering? Answers to the survey

By |2019-11-08T15:01:44-05:00November 8th, 2019|Research, Stuttering Awareness, Uncategorized|

For the last few months, we have been collecting responses to a survey looking at what people who do not stutter know about stuttering and how to properly interact with individuals who stutter. Thank you to those of you who helped to solicit non-stuttering survey participants! On social media, we loved seeing the dialogue this [...]

Yes, Joe Biden is a Person Who Stutters

By |2019-09-18T14:27:48-05:00September 18th, 2019|Benefit Gala, Headlines, News in Stuttering, Stigma, Uncategorized|

A recent Los Angeles Times story was published discussing how Vice President Joe Biden overcame and was impacted by stuttering. While interviewing AIS director Dr. Heather Grossman for the piece, writer Janet Hook was interested to learn that in addition to some of the word usage and naming errors Biden has publicly made, some of [...]

3 Reasons Why I am Done Hiding from Stuttering at Work

By |2019-08-19T16:57:00-05:00August 19th, 2019|Advocacy, Client Stories|

For a long time now, I've been comfortable with stuttering, and I haven't let it impact me on a day-to-day basis. I am open and honest about it and I have often advertised to people that I stutter. But there is something different about being in a work environment, and I have come to a [...]

5 Things Your Pediatrician May Not Know About Childhood Stuttering

By |2019-08-16T12:10:48-05:00August 8th, 2019|Parents, Pediatricians|

Your child started stuttering and you are concerned. You go to your pediatrician to see what to do. You are reassured that you have nothing to worry about. A weight is lifted off of your shoulders. But 3 months later your worry returns because your child is still stuttering. And 6 months later your worry [...]

Mindfulness for People who Stutter: 4 Guided Meditations 

By |2019-07-19T12:54:15-05:00July 19th, 2019|Acceptance, Meditation, Mindfulness, Videos|

We often incorporate mindfulness and meditation practices in our work with people who stutter. What is mindfulness exactly? Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of the popular Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program, defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” While meditation is the formal practice of mindfulness, [...]

2 classroom presentations about stuttering you just don’t want to miss

By |2019-06-12T14:54:19-05:00June 12th, 2019|Advocacy, Public Speaking, School, Self-Advertising|

One of the great perks of helping people who stutter is celebrating their achievements. High School student and AIS client Benji gave effective, engaging presentations for two of his classes, spreading awareness about stuttering to his peers. Read on for details and video of Benji's presentations, and for more on self-advocacy in high school, check [...]