“First Day” – A PSA for National Stuttering Awareness Week

By |2020-05-11T09:21:18-05:00May 11th, 2020|Advocacy, Creative, Headlines, News in Stuttering, Teens who stutter, Videos|

In honor of National Stuttering Awareness Week, Cody Packer has released a stuttering PSA today, and we are so excited to share it! Cody is a filmmaker from New Zealand currently living in Los Angeles, and a person who stutters. Please enjoy his film, "First Day", and the following interview about his project. Tell us [...]

AIS & Stuttering Featured on Nashville Podcast

By |2020-04-13T09:45:37-05:00April 10th, 2020|Advocacy, Client Stories, Desensitization, Featured, News in Stuttering, People Who Stutter, Stuttering Awareness|

JP Ruggieri , a previous client at AIS, is featured in this weeks episode of the Nashville-based, Neighbor’s Podcast - “The Stuttering Paradox.” JP, now a musician in Nashville, was interviewed by Cariad Harmon, a fellow Nashville musician, friend, and co-host of the show. In the podcast, and in the remarks below, JP and Cariad discuss how [...]

Tyler speaks out about stuttering

By |2020-04-03T09:46:42-05:00April 3rd, 2020|Children Who Stutter, People Who Stutter, School|

I recently learned that a 12-year-old client of mine contributed to a local podcast episode to talk about his experience with stuttering. He was kind enough to share the transcript with us. Please enjoy! Stuttering By Tyler, 12 years old "When I hear someone say “haha you stutter” or “just don’t stutter”, my body sinks [...]

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 [...]