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Foundations of Stuttering 1st Edition

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"This book is interesting and intellectually stimulating... Advanced students and speech-language pathologists can benefit from an opportunity to examine his challenges to some commonly accepted "facts" about stuttering. They may find his presentation of information enlightening and his discussion of logical and scientific methods instructive."

"This book claims to look objectively at previous literature on stuttering and show that they are without scientific sound evidence and therefore are invalid. The author manages to do an excellent job of practically ruling out all previous research on the basis that they lack credibility.
This book is written in a refreshingly bold and frank manner that has the effect of making you question information which you had previously accepted. The author claims that 'testimonials' given by people who stammer are of 'limited relevance' and that many researchers bias their work with their own ideas and insupportable theories.
The author firmly believes that stuttering is a disorder of speech production and are unique events within the process of speech. Wingate describes stuttering as ' within the fabric of speech; they are tears in that fabric, which occur at points of vulnerability.'
This is a must read to those interested in stuttering!"

"It presents a fresh perspective on stuttering, its discussion of logical and scientific methods is instructive and the book intellectually stimulating."

About the Author

Dr. Wingate received a Bachelor degree in psychology from Grinnell College, and Master and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. During his time at the University of Washington, he received a Veterans Administration fellowship that required travel to three V. A. installations. His experiences in those facilities were a very valuable part of his education. While completing formal education he served as the psychologist for a children's hospital and a cerebral palsy center. About a year after receiving the doctorate he accepted a position as psychologist and faculty of the University of Washington speech pathology program. Dr. Wingate remained there until 1968; moved to SUNY Buffalo for five years; spent two years at the University of Arizona; then transferred to Washington State University, originally as chairman of what was then the Department of Speech.Immersion in speech pathology course work led Dr. Wingate to an interest in stuttering, especially because stuttering was believed so widely to be a psychological problem. However, from his range of clinical experiences, study of the relevant literature, and his own research, he soon came to be impressed that psychological interpretations of stuttering were much overdrawn. In particular, Dr. Wingate found the "evaluation theory" of Wendell Johnson, so broadly accepted, to be superficial and objectively unsupportable. His original critical analysis of that formulation appeared as a three-article series, published in the Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders in 1962. Inquiry into the nature of stuttering has remained his professional focus. His works, typically moving against the tides of belief, have just as typically evoked reaction - which continues. Nonetheless, he perceives a slow change of climate emerging in the field., which Foundations of Stuttering should help promote.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited; 1st edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0127594515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0127594514
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,584,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Bulger on February 23, 2010
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If you know anything about the history of stuttering research, you know just how bad things have been. During the twentieth century, every fad was adopted, from psychoanalytic theory to each new learning theory in it's turn. Wingate gives his own ideas on the nature of stuttering, while slicing and dicing his co-workers without a hint of mercy. This is a rare book in the academic/scientific world, as Wingate does not trade in professional courtesy, and delivers some real bombs on the doorsteps on his professional colleagues. In fact, the book could be subtitled The Crimes of Wendell Johnson. Wingate does overdue it, but only in the sense of rhetorical overkill. A good editor could have cut down on some of the redundant jibes, and the point would have been satisfactorily made.

I was predisposed to like this book. Wingate had a sharp, critical mind, and he cuts the BS and gets to the heart of the matter. He is sharply critical of the conjecture and sloppy thinking so often found in stuttering research, and demands rigor where he finds none. The author attacks the use of the words fluency and dis/dysfluency with vigor - and makes great sense to me (there's a whole story here that I had never thought of). If you nod when you read a quote from Wendell Johnson, you need to read this book. If your background is in psychology or learning theory, I highly recommend this book as an alternate view of stuttering.

I gave the book five stars, but that's like giving it an "A" grade - not necessarily perfect. Wingate is clear about his own beliefs throughout his criticism of others, but in the end, his summary of his own understanding of stuttering really isn't summed up particularly well.
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