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                                         Andrew Miceli, M.A., CCC-SLP
                                               Email   : micelispeech@gmail.com
                                               Office  : 520-812-9256
                                              AZ Cell : 917-887-4716
Speech Therapy & Stuttering Solutions

Serving Tucson, AZ and all of Southern Arizona
Skype Services available nationwide
in all Time Zones

About the Clinician:

Andrew Miceli, M.A., CCC-SLP

- Clark University, Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, 1993

- New York University, Master of Arts, Speech-Language Pathology, 2003

- Clinical Fellow, Speech-Language Pathology, 2004 - 2005

- Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) - Speech-Language Pathology (ASHA), 2005

MY STUTTERING STORY

I started to stutter shortly after I turned four years old (the year was 1975).  Although some children experience what is often referred to as a “developmental stage” of stuttering (= where the stuttering dissipates after several months to several years), I did not.  In fact, my stuttering became so severe so quickly that not long after the onset…all of the things most people verbally do without concern or effort (i.e., saying their name, ordering what they want to eat or drink, giving directions or instructions, asking or answering a question, telling a joke or story, and everything else requiring effortless “fluent,” “normal” speech) became not only impossible but (also) the source of mockery and ridicule from peers and even adults because of my stuttering and how severe it was.

Today I am 46 years old, predominantly fluent and bilingual…but the impact these stuttering difficulties
had early-on was profound as I learned first-handedly how quality of life can be impacted when the ability to produce fluent, verbal speech and language becomes compromised.  I learned this because of stuttering.  Whatever challenges you or your child may be experiencing (stuttering, a speech or language delay, a specific sound difficulty, a fear of public speaking, or something else altogether) I offer the opportunity to help improve your quality of life through improving whatever speech and/or language challenge(s) may be present.


WHY IS SPEAKING WELL IMPORTANT?

Objectively speaking, society is veering more and more towards communicating through technology.  Often, when
two people are engaged in a conversation (even young children) they are looking down and typing instead of looking at
each other’s eyes and faces and verbally communicating.  Whether it’s emailing, instant messaging, texting, tweeting,
or communicating through Instagram or Facebook, “verbal” often does not appear to be the preferred method
of communication anymore.  This means “great speaking” is something we’re hearing and appreciating less and less,
which is exactly why speaking well is so important, or can be, especially during the early stages/years of development.

Take it from someone who has stuttered his entire life - developing timely, fluent speech-language skills at an early age:

  • Enables a child to verbally explore their environment (not just physically)
  • Often facilitates a degree of independent confidence/self-worth (vs. thinking or needing to seek it from an external source)
  • Jump-starts socialization skills and the ability to make friends (short-term, long-term, lifelong)
  • Improves the potential to (better) transition to daycare, playgroups, preschool, headstart, kindergarten, or anywhere the child will be with peers from several hours to an entire day
  • Assists a child with communicating more effectively (wants, needs, etc) with daycare, preschool, headstart, or Kindergarten teachers and staff
  • Increases the likelihood a child understands what others are saying and what’s going on in the environment around them
  • Increases the potential for classroom success (i.e., understanding the teacher’s instructions or questions, peer comments and questions, a willingness to raise their hand to ask and/or answer questions, more)
  • Provides a foundation and support for reading success (learning the proper pronunciation of specific speech sounds and their written forms/counterparts)
  • Potentially increases the opportunity for bilingualism
  • Can provide motivation and reason for putting forth a solid effort in school
  • Can develop leadership through confidence/command of the spoken word
  • Affords a foundation for considering such avenues as (the) debate team, school government roles, leading or starting clubs or groups, etc
  • Allows future challenges such as college and future job interviews to be prepared for with confidence so a positive, even distinguishable impression can be made.
  • Accompanies the child throughout the entire course of life while simultaneously providing a solid reason to try anything and everything (because speaking well has been learned and honed) and no reason not to try anything and everything (for the same reason).
MICELI Speech Therapy & Stuttering Solutions™ offers services in the following areas:

Speech-Language Delays (all ages, English and Spanish)

Specific Sound Difficulties (all ages, English and Spanish)

Stuttering/Fluency (all ages, English and Spanish)

Public Speaking & Presenting (all ages, English and Spanish)

Accent Modification (all ages, English and Spanish)

Birth - Kinder Language Stimulation Training (parents/teachers, English and Spanish)

Multilingual Communication Boards (40+ languages; please inquire)

IEP Consultation (preschool – high school, English and Spanish)
Every Question is Important, Every Concern is Important
MICELI Speech Therary & Stuttering Solutions™ acknowledges your questions and concerns are real
so please reach out anytime via any of the following contact information to arrange your free consultation:

Office Phone: (520)-812-9256 (voice mail)
Tucson Mobile: (917)-887-4716 (voice mail or text)
Email: micelispeech@gmail.com

Skype consultations are available in all time zones nationwide.

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