Today's teens face a myriad of challenges. Stuttering can make middle school and high school years even more difficult. The certified speech-language pathologists at AIS understand how stuttering can impact socializing, participating in school, and truly speaking one's mind.
By the time they enter middle school or high school, many students have had lots of therapy that focused primarily on increasing their fluency by working on their breathing or other physical tactics to "control" their speech. At AIS, we take a quite different approach - one that strips away the underlying avoidance behaviors and negative thoughts and emotions that trigger more stuttering and physical struggle. Our aim is to make teens comfortable with themselves and their speech.
Our warm and compassionate stuttering specialists are licensed and certified by ASHA (the American Speech-Language Hearing Association), and have worked with hundreds of teens who stutter to free their voices and change their lives.
We take a holistic approach to therapy, developing an individualized treatment plan after exploring their challenges, needs, and personal goals. Speech therapy sessions for teens typically include:
Many teenagers who stutter present with additional communication challenges. The speech therapists (SLPs) at AIS are trained to address these additional difficulties, which may include:
Teens meet with a speech therapist who gathers personal history information and evaluate aspect of their speech and language skills. We assess secondary behaviors (like foot tapping), word and situational avoidance behaviors. We discuss how the teen thinks and feels about their speech, how stuttering has affected different aspects of their life, and specific personal goals. This information is used to make recommendations for an individual treatment plan.
During the consultation, we also address the teen and family's specific questions and concerns and explain what therapy sessions will be like.
Check out our blog post: 5 things to expect in a stuttering consultation.
As a 501c3, we are dedicated to providing top-quality therapy and support services to all people who stutter, regardless of financial limitations.
Financial assistance for the consultation and treatment are available through our scholarship program.
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AIS therapists are experienced speech-language pathologists and well trusted by the stuttering community. We also offer services for parents, as well as services for preschoolers, young children, and adults. Services are available in New York City, Atlanta, and Online. To schedule your initial consultation, contact AIS at (212) 633-6400 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact AIS directly here.