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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556437684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556437687
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“J. M. Balakrishnan combines and bridges different traditions. This will help people.”
—June Peterson, CCC, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Speech and Language Pathologist

“I found this book fascinating, linking two bodies of research, Western science and Eastern philosophy. This book will be a resource for people who stutter and their families, and allows them to have a new insight into this difficult problem.”
—Daniel J. Thwaites, MD, Modesto, California

“I greatly believe that a combination of eastern and western therapies works … this different process changes the way those who stutter think.”
—Adriana Faiman, MSW, founder and director of bilingual school Escuela del Sol, Palo Alto, California.

About the Author

J. M. Balakrishnan has graduate degrees in Speech Communications and Speech Pathology as well as a law degree. She is a national award-winning public speaker and debater. She has served as San Francisco State University’s public speaking coach and has taught Speech and Debate at UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco State University, Pennsylvania State University, and Diablo Valley College. She has also been a debate coach for Piedmont High School and Berkeley High School in the San Francisco Bay area.

Ms. Balakrishnan holds a MS in Communicative Disorders, and she is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association and licensed by the State of California to practice as a speech-language pathologist. After working with over two thousand students in the public school system, she created the Yoga for Stuttering program for people who stutter, who have not been helped by traditional means. She presently maintains a private practice in the San Francisco Bay area.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Klayman on May 23, 2010
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I ordered this book with great expectations and was profoundly disappointed in the results. Ms. Balakrishnan obviously has the credentials as a licensed speech pathologist and clinician to know very well the subject she talks about. But, after a promising introduction in which she gives several anecdotal synopses of stutterers she has treated using Yoga combined with other therapies, the book becomes simply a very rudimentary primer on Yoga (and a not very good one, at that). A few basic asanas and breathing exercises having nothing directly related to the complex phenomenon that is stuttering, do not make for anything worthwhile therapeutically to any moderate or severe stutterer. Ms. Balakrishnan includes in the subtitle to her book "Unifying the voice, breath.....to Achieve Fluent Speech"! Really? FLUENT SPEECH? She offers nothing to back up such an extravagant claim. Clearly, YOGA is good for everyone and can contribute to anyone's overall well-being, both physically and spiritually. But the author is peddling her book as something more: as a potential "cure" for stuttering and I for one, am not buying this inflated claim. As someone who has tried ALL the remedies out there, I know full well the daunting challenge anyone has when attempting to find an effective treatment for stuttering: the "cure" word should never be mentioned, as there appears to be none. Certainly the book is worth perusing for a few moments in a bookstore, but I doubt any stutterer would gain any real benefit from the meager exercises and suggestions contained within. The author's heart is in the right place. What is needed is something more than this scant volume provides to the millions of people suffering from the baffling disorder that is chronic adult stuttering.
Nice try-but no cigar: far from it.
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By Kate Elahi on July 21, 2014
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I am a new SLP, but I have been curious for awhile about ways to link the practice of yoga with stuttering treatment. This book gave some wonderful, concrete ideas and suggestions for exercises to do with students who stutter. Ms. Balakrishnan provides many helpful resources and articles to support her research and guide readers to continue their own research. I especially enjoyed the case studies and stories she shared about various students she has worked with and their perspectives and ideas. Stuttering is definitely a unique experience for each person and this approach is a helpful, holistic technique. This summer I used some of the exercises from this book to lead sessions with groups of elementary school students at a camp for kids who stutter. They participated and had a great time with the nada yoga practices!
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alta V. Walters on July 25, 2009
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What a refreshing approach. This results-based and sensitive therapeutic system empowers the student to proceed at a pace set at his/her own comfort and suggests workable, personal and flexible objectives. Its east-meets-west approach is a refreshing alternative to traditional therapies that too often reinforce the very pressures that trigger stuttering."
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