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Stuttering: Science, Therapy And Practice
by Thomas D. Kehoe
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Jeffrey Korn, MS, CCC-SLP, ADVANCE For Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists, June 16, 1997 (Vol. 7, No. 24)
AMBITIOUS BOOK ON STUTTERING APPEALS TO WIDE AUDIENCE
The subtitle of Stuttering: Science, Therapy & Practice, by Thomas David Kehoe, MBA, is "The Most Complete Book About Stuttering," which is a nice claim considering that the book has only 156 pages.
However, it is an intensive 156 pages, covering every facet of stuttering, from science to therapy to practice. In addition to being a very ambitious book, it is also a rarity in that it is written by a person who is not a speech therapist. Because of this, the book has an informal tone...
This book is an excellent presentation that is worthwhile reading for a wide variety of readers. It delivers an opposing viewpoint in many areas of stuttering therapy that is not often found in the literature.
The section on therapy is quite comprehensive and deals with management issues relevant to both children and adults...
Includes highly relevant recent studies published in 1996 and 1997. Research findings are generally reported accurately and, for the most part, in simple, direct and jargon-free language. Anecdotes, some of which are first-person accounts of the author and other persons who stutter, add a human dimension to the generally impersonal nature of the research reports cited...
A wealth of information on organizations, Internet resources, books and journals, and self-help groups for stutterers...
The dominant theme of the book is that people who stutter should take command of their lives, their stuttering, and the treatment of their stuttering...
This book belongs on the bookshelf of every speech-language pathologist...
Famous People Who Stutter -- This chapter may be the best place to start, because it communicates the book's theme most clearly. Stuttering is a disorder that affects peoples lives, not a collection of facts collected in a speech laboratory. But many stutterers go on to successful lives. Each individual in this chapter found a different way to overcome stuttering, and the purpose of this book is to show stutterers the many options and resources available to them.
Childhood Stuttering Diagnosis and Treatment -- Research shows that the most popular therapy is ineffective. Here's what parents should know and do.
Drug Treatments-- Do the benefits of anti-stuttering medications outweigh the side-effects? Also: anti-depressants supposed to make you feel better can make your speech worse.
Teenage Stuttering -- "My son has been in speech therapy since kindergarten. He's not making progress, has lost motivation, and is withdrawing from his peers. What can we do?"
Neurology of Stuttering -- Brain scan research is changing the old theories about stuttering -- and helping develop new drugs and computerized devices.
Belief: Anticipation, Distraction, Stress, and Placebos -- This chapter slaughters a few "sacred cows." Stutterers' beliefs do not affect their speech. Distraction increases, not reduces, stuttering. Stress can increase, decrease, or have no effect on stuttering. Stutterers can anticipate which words they will stutter on, with 98% accuracy -- but the conclusion that "stuttering is the attempt to avoid stuttering" is not correct.
Is Slow, Relaxed Speech a Means or an End? -- The first edition of this book advocated that slow, relaxed speech should be stutterers' goal. The author's study of motor learning research has changed that view 180 degrees -- and shows why stutterers reject the speech that therapists want them to use.
Problems With Fluency Shaping -- One critic complained that this book was "unbalanced," with more pages about fluency shaping than stuttering modification therapy. This is true because so many pages discuss the problems with fluency shaping therapy. No other book criticizes this and other widely-practiced therapies.
Stuttering and Employment -- Stutterers earn $7200 a year less than matched non-stutterers. Are stutterers discrimated against, or do they avoid promotions for fear of talking? Should you talk about stuttering in job interviews?
Ten Advantages of Stuttering -- Another critic said this list was "worth the price of the book."
"Engaging and informative...an excellent presentation that is worthwhile reading for a wide variety of readers." -- ADVANCE For Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists
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