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 [...]

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, [...]

Before I Say Hello: A Poem in Honor of NSAW

By |2019-05-10T16:34:36-05:00May 10th, 2019|Acceptance, Creative, People Who Stutter, Stuttering Awareness|

Kelly Severseike is an AIS client who a writer, blogger and poet. Kelly shared with us her poem "Before I Say Hello" in honor of  National Stuttering Awareness Week. "Before I Say Hello" speaks to the uncertainties of stuttering and the power that comes from owning and speaking in her own voice. We applaud Kelly [...]

Stuttering Boldly with Samantha Roblyer

By |2019-04-24T23:23:31-05:00April 23rd, 2019|Acceptance, Advocacy, Creative, Self-Advertising|

If you've ever considered boldly embracing your stutter but are not sure how, I invite you to meet Samantha Roblyer. Samantha is a sophomore from Lincoln, Nebraska who uses the medium of poetry to share her stuttering experiences. With her powerful words, Samantha destigmatizes stuttering and provides healing for her listeners. Her poems “If My [...]

5 Books To Support You With Stuttering Today

By |2019-03-25T13:59:31-05:00March 24th, 2019|Acceptance, Support|

Living with a stutter can be a challenge. Thankfully there are many resources available to help you navigate stuttering more successfully. Here are a few of our favorite books to help support you on your journey, wherever you find yourself today: 1.The Gifts of Imperfection Author: Brene Brown,. Ph.D. L.M.S.W. What is the book about?  [...]

No Longer Covert

By |2018-10-22T14:02:26-05:00October 22nd, 2018|Acceptance, Client Stories, Self-Advertising, Stuttering Awareness|

No Longer Covert My name is Adriana and I’ve chosen to share my story and no longer live as a covert stutterer. Being a covert stutterer meant that I did everything I could to hide my stutter. Growing up I was afraid of what people would do or say if they found out that I [...]

My Disjointed Voice: A Poem About Stuttering

By |2018-10-12T16:55:08-05:00October 9th, 2018|Acceptance, Client Stories, Creative, Self-Advertising, Stigma|

I decided to write this poem when I heard a lot of comments from my family members about how my writing voice is different from my speaking voice. I wanted to tell people through this poem that my thoughts are like everyone else’s even though my speaking voice is not. It speaks to the journey of stuttering because it highlights [...]

Julia’s reflections on the FRIENDS Convention

By |2018-09-11T09:03:49-05:00September 11th, 2018|Acceptance, Self-Advertising, Teens who stutter|

This year was my first FRIENDS Convention and it was truly amazing! For the convention I went to Omaha, Nebraska with my parents. Leading up to it I was very nervous, but also very excited. Ever since going to AIS I have seen how amazing the stuttering community is and being around it for three [...]

10 Things I Wish My Younger Self Knew about Stuttering

By |2018-08-27T16:47:38-05:00August 27th, 2018|Acceptance, People Who Stutter, Support|

As a child growing up, I had many different misconceptions about stuttering, and the path that it would put me on as I entered adulthood. In reflecting back on some of these misconceptions, I wanted to share 10 core things that I wish I could tell myself at a younger age.   10 Things I [...]