Julia’s reflections on the FRIENDS Convention

By |2018-09-11T09:03:49+00:00September 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 [...]

School SLP’s: 5 Ways to Support Your Student Who Stutters

By |2018-09-05T09:07:58+00:00September 4th, 2018|bullying, Children Who Stutter, School, Stigma|

School SLP's: 5 Ways to Support Your Student Who Stutters It’s the start of a new school year. This means new teachers, new classrooms, new subjects, new friends, and a whole bunch of new speaking situations. For your students who stutter, this is likely the most challenging time of the year. As their school speech-language [...]

10 Things I Wish My Younger Self Knew about Stuttering

By |2018-08-27T16:47:38+00:00August 27th, 2018|Acceptance, AIS Staff, 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 [...]

3 Basic Rules of Self-Advertising Your Stuttering

By |2018-08-21T15:14:24+00:00August 21st, 2018|Acceptance, Self-Advertising|

Self-Advertising, or Self-Disclosure, is a powerful tool for people who stutter. For those unfamiliar with the concept, self-advertising is telling someone you stutter. If you find yourself getting caught up worrying about what others are thinking about your stuttering, think about how talking might be different if the listener only knew you stuttered. This is [...]

4 Reflections on the 2018 NSA Conference in Chicago

By |2018-08-14T15:20:48+00:00August 7th, 2018|People Who Stutter, Support, Uncategorized|

Stuttering is a journey through suffering, fear, and loneliness. But as I learned this past weekend, it doesn't always have to be. I traveled by myself to Chicago for the four-day National Stuttering Association conference knowing almost no one and left profoundly changed, connected, and accepted.  I've always been fortunate to have family and friends who have [...]

“I’ve learned not to take anything personally”

By |2018-07-24T14:43:58+00:00July 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Derek Mitchell is the leader of the Atlanta NSA Chapter, an accomplished public speaker, and an aspiring author. He recently joined AIS therapist, Carl Herder, for an interview. In these three videos, they discuss Derek's journey over the last several years, including facing fears of speaking and being judged while in graduate school, making the [...]

Revisiting Starbucks

By |2018-07-24T14:41:22+00:00July 13th, 2018|People Who Stutter, Stigma|

This article generated a great deal of public outrage, in particular since it involved a Philadelphia Starbucks, which had another controversial incident a few weeks ago. Sam, a student at Wharton, ordered his coffee and the barista responded by saying, “Ok S-S-Sam.” Then, when he received his order, “Sssssam” was written on the cup. Maintaining [...]

What is a stuttering gremlin?

By |2018-07-24T14:40:52+00:00May 7th, 2018|Stigma, Therapy for Stuttering|

This toxic creature is the voice inside your head that tells you a whole slew of ideas that when obeyed, will lead you down a path of “safe” but isolated self-defeating life choices. He is the mental collective of all the negative things others have said or implied about you as well as the more [...]

Keeping children talking – a parent testimonial

By |2018-04-04T10:11:57+00:00April 4th, 2018|Children Who Stutter, Testimonials|

Our Atlanta office is thriving and we're regularly hearing from people who are thrilled about our expansion into this region. One of our first preschool-aged clients in Atlanta recently phased out of therapy, and his mother kindly shared this testimonial. We were humbled to read her kind words, and are eager to touch the lives of [...]