This workshop is focused on assessment and treatment of preschool children who stutter. Discussion will include an overview of stuttering, assessment protocols, treatment strategies, and therapy goals. Parent and family involvement will be emphasized in discussion of treatment strategies in order to facilitate fluency and confidence in treating preschool children who stutters.
Financial Disclosure: Lori Melnitsky is owner of All Island Speech and Stuttering Therapy. Non-Financial Disclosures: Lori Melnitsky started the podcast and FB page Stuttering DeMystified. Contact info: Lori@allislandspeech.com --- www.allislandspeech.com
Lesson 1: Preschool Stuttering
Lesson 2: Assessment Stuttering
Lesson 3: Treatment
Lesson 4: Case Studies & Goals
Preschool Stuttering Quiz
• Participants will distinguish between normal vs dysfluent speech
• Participants will establish risk factors related stuttering for children ages 2 to 6
• Participants will identify 2 treatment strategies to work on stuttering
I am Lori Melnitsky. I am a licensed speech language pathologist, stuttering expert, and have directed my own private practice for over 20 years, All Island Speech and Stuttering Therapy (www.allislandspeech.com).
I stuttered severely until age 30. I could not say my name or raise my hand in class to ask questions. Over the years I have treated hundreds of children and adults who stutter.I developed the stuttering school aged boot camp course and podcast. I was told I could not become a speech pathologist by other SLPs so my mission is to educate SLPs on stuttering and fluency therapy.
Although the gift of fluency was not initially bestowed upon me, I have learned effective strategies to incorporate tools, strategies and changes in mindset to overcome the challenges of stuttering and become more fluent.
Leading National Stuttering Association (NSA) support group meetings for many years helped to get into the minds of PWS. I have taught as an adjunct professor for graduate classes on stuttering. I was a consultant for the Children's show "Arthur" on an episode on stuttering called "Maria Speaks". I am a published author in the Journal of Fluency Disorders. I was interviewed by, Verizon and Newsday as an expert on stuttering. Other presentations include school districts, LISHA, WSHLA, and universities. Recently I was thrilled to start the Facebook Group and Podcast called Stuttering DeMystified.