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Stuttering: Science, Therapy & Practice Spiral-bound – April, 1997

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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. -- Jeffrey Korn, MS, CCC-SLP, ADVANCE For Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists, June 16, 1997 (Vol. 7, No. 24)

Ambitious yet eminently practical...

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... -- Journal of Fluency Disorders

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Highlights of Stuttering: Science, Therapy & Practice

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 excellent presentation that is worthwhile reading for a wide variety of readers." -- ADVANCE For Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Casa Futura Technologies (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965718107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965718103
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,563,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I stuttered severely until I was 30 years old. A speech clinic measured my most fluent speech -- reading aloud, alone -- as ten times slower than normal speech. I needed an hour to say what non-stutterers could say in 5 minutes, and listeners couldn't understand what I said anyway. I'd completed seven stuttering therapy programs with little or no effect on my speech. I had an MBA from the University of Chicago, no jobs, and few friends. I then changed my life from trying to compensate for my speech by being better at everything else, to focusing on my speech as the center of my life. 14 years later I still stutter mildly, but my speech is 99% improved, and doesn't stop me from doing anything I want.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Sherry on March 4, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
The front cover of this book describes itself as the "most complete book about stuttering", and in one sense that is a correct assessment. Thomas Kehoe has pulled together an enormous amount of research about stuttering and put it into a 300 page book. This is the book's greatest strength, but it can also be a weakness. The reader should know what he is reading this book for and what he hopes to get out of it so he knows what to expect.
The book is broken up into three sections: Science, Therapy, and Practice, and the focus of each section is how each relates to stuttering and stuttering therapy. The book follows the idea of "the more you know, the better off you are" and with that in mind Thomas Kehoe collects all the research he can find about stuttering, breaks it out into organized sections and drops it all in the book. Kehoe does not draw conclusions from any of the research (though he does say what worked for him and what didn't). Kehoe takes a subject and shows all of the research on it, even if one bit of research disputes what is said by another. This is good because we can see how there are no pat answers in regards to stuttering and we need to figure out what will work best for each individual stutterer, but it also becomes frustrating because of the sheer volume of information contained in this book without a conclusion being drawn. The reader is left to fend for himself to try to figure out what he wants to do and how to go about it.
The greatest benefit of this book, I believe, is as a reference work. Kehoe references many other books on stuttering as well as internet sites and places to go to work through stuttering. There is a value in the book, but please do not go into this book expecting a direct answer on how to work on your stuttering.
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