The American Institute for Stuttering provides specialized therapy for people who stutter throughout the greater Atlanta area and throughout Georgia. Led by one of fewer than 170 ASHA-Board certified specialists in stuttering, we serve people who stutter of all ages from pre-school to school-age children, to teens and adults.
We offer in-person therapy as well as online sessions via Zoom. Our office in Little Five Points is conveniently accessible from Candler Park, Grant Park, Decatur, Midtown, Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Roswell, and beyond. But, in order to reach people where ever they may live or work, we make our services available online.
Our warm and experienced speech therapists provide comprehensive assessment and treatment. We develop individualized therapy plans that enhance overall language skills. We incorporate other speech and language therapy goals as necessary. Our aim is to help people who stutter to speak freely and live more fearlessly. We also work to provide top-quality services to those who otherwise would not have access to this therapy due to financial constraints. To this end, we offer scholarships and financial aid.
Note:Due to the impact of Covid-19, all services in our Atlanta office have transitioned to a remote/tele-health model until further notice.
The AIS Center for Stuttering Therapy in Atlanta, GA
Since 2016, we have been helping the greater Atlanta area gain access to universally affordable specialized stuttering treatment. In 2018, we established an exciting partnership with the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing support.
Having struggled with stuttering throughout his childhood, Arthur M. Blank is a long-time supporter of AIS and was the recipient of our 2011 Freeing Voices Changing Lives Award. He understands that stuttering can have detrimental effects on a person’s academic success, career aspirations, and social interactions. We are so grateful for his support and for his vision that Atlanta’s residents deserve first-rate therapy for this disability.
What Is Speech Therapy for Stuttering?
Stuttering therapy is a collaborative process of developing and enacting a plan to eliminate the negative impacts of stuttering and maximize communication potential. People often think this process consists of learning and practicing breathing techniques and other speech skills.
However, for therapy to be both effective and lasting, it must address the physical and emotional aspects of stuttering, and the negative underlying thoughts that accompany them. Therapy sessions can be individual or in groups, and goals are customized according to a person's age and personal needs.
Comprehensive Speech Therapy Services for Kids, Teens, & Adults in Atlanta
Our comprehensive evaluations incorporate age-appropriate protocols and typically include an assessment of the following:
Physical stuttering characteristics
Impact of stuttering on daily life, thoughts, and emotions
Speech and Language skills, including articulation, comprehension, and overall verbal expression
For kids, parent and teacher perceptions are an important part of the evaluation process
Pediatric Stuttering Therapy
Speech therapy services are available in person at our Atlanta office and online for children of all ages. These services help:
Parents - learning ways to support your child's fluency and communication growth
Children - speaking with confidence and without fear
Family - understanding the often confusing aspects of stuttering, and developing the language to talk about it openly
For teens and adults, the fear of stuttering is often the worst part of living with the problem. Stuttering often leads to a long list of avoidances, including opting out of speaking opportunities, changing words, and using physical tricks to get words out. We know stuttering is a lot more than what people hear, and our therapy will help with:
Speaking without physical struggle or tension
Reducing avoidance behaviors of all types
Helping you become more open and less emotionally reactive to stuttering
When you are an AIS client, you have access to a wealth of educational and enjoyable workshops and activities. Thanks to our generous supporters, many of our events are sponsored, and free to the AIS community. Offerings include:
Public speaking workshops
Speaker series, featuring professional researchers, prominent people who stutter, authors, etc
Social events, holiday parties, movie screenings, etc
Workshops in areas including stress reduction, meditation and mindfulness, improvisation, small talk, and more
Our one-week immersion programs are available multiple times per year. These programs allow you to make significant progress in a short time frame. Maximizing the benefits of individual and group therapy, you get both personalized attention and the benefits of working alongside other people who stutter. The AIS immersion program includes:
extensive practice using speech modification strategies
completing real-world challenges such as public speaking, making phone calls, and ordering at restaurants
taking mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, and avoidance reduction strategies from theory to practice
developing meaningful relationships with other people who stutter
We offer one-on-one and group consultations for professionals who are seeking advanced clinical training or help with a specific case. Graduate students are also invited to apply for an internship during our one-week immersion programs. Our trainings help you learn to:
Go beyond what you learned in graduate school and better understand the limitations of fluency shaping and stuttering modification techniques
Understand the lived experience of stuttering
Carry out comprehensive evaluations to understand the full impact of stuttering on a person's life
Prioritize communication over fluency in order to make a lasting impact
Upcoming programs are listed on our events calendar and our internship application is available here.
In addition to speech fluency disorders, AIS therapists have expertise working with individuals with other communication disorders, including:
Articulation, apraxia of speech, and other speech disorders
Oral motor difficulty
Autism spectrum disorder and other social language disorders
Receptive language disorder
Expressive language disorder
Auditory processing disorder
When necessary, we collaborate with (or refer to) other professionals, including occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, and others.
Certified Speech Therapists in Atlanta
All of our speech-language pathologists have specific expertise in speech fluency disorders (stuttering, cluttering, and more), and have a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Further, our therapists regularly present at and attend professional conferences in the area of stuttering, and are actively involved in local and national support communities for people who stutter, including:
Financial Assistance for Our Atlanta Stuttering Therapy Services
Our mission at AIS is to make specialized stuttering therapy available to anyone who needs it - regardless of their financial situation. If you or a family member are ready for stuttering therapy and are worried about the cost, please inquire about our financial assistance program.
Start Speech Therapy at AIS in Atlanta Today
We are honored to play a role in your journey with stuttering, and we are here for you and your loved ones every step of the way. Contact our Atlanta office at (678) 701-7458 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your first appointment today!