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Katie: The Little Girl Who Stuttered and Then Learned to Talk Fluently Paperback – November 10, 2012
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About the Author
Ronald L. Webster, Ph.D. is a pioneer in the treatment of stuttering. He created the first comprehensive, behavioral stuttering therapy in 1972 and founded Hollins Communications Research Institute (HCRI – www.stuttering.org), a leading nonprofit center dedicated to stuttering treatment innovations. HCRI has served more than 6,000 people from 48 countries. Dr. Webster’s center provides a program for parents of children who stutter and works with the National Institutes of Health in research on the genetics of stuttering.. Dr. Webster’s work has been the focus of news stories by the New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, Parade, Sports Illustrated, 20/20, NBC Today, Nightline, CBS Morning News, and Good Morning America. In addition to serving as HCRI president, Dr. Webster is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology (emeritus) at Hollins University. He wrote this book to offer encouragement and inspiration to children who stutter and their parents.
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Author: Ronald L. Webster
"'Stuttering just happens in some children,' he explained. He assured her that children who stutter are just like other kids - they just happen to have trouble talking," the doctor explains in Ronald L. Webster's children's book, "Katie - The Little Girl Who Stuttered and Then Learned to Talk Fluently."
This unnumbered but around forty pages, over-sized paperback book depicts a colorful drawing of children happily talking while a girl sits pondering by a tree on the front cover. The back cover has several paragraphs about the book, its contents and the author along with the author's photograph and some smaller drawings of a girl practicing speaking. With no illustrator noted, there are several full page drawings that correspond with the page's storyline. Sometimes only sentences cover both sides of the page that have a starry background. With no profanity or scary situations, the book is targeted toward kindergarten age and more experienced young readers.
This tome is about Katie, a fun, happy six year old girl whose favorite game is hide-and-seek in the park because she does not have to speak. Having severe stuttering, she is scared, lonely and frustrated that she cannot talk out loud to her parents or friends. Whenever she speaks, the words cannot come out or do not sound right. When she starts school, she is made fun of the way she talked, making matters worse.
One day her mom and Katie were watching television and heard how Doctor Webster could help correct stuttering issues. They fly to Roanoke, Virginia and the little girl takes several tests. The doctor gives her therapy sessions of saying short words using stretchy sounds, taking full breaths before speaking and learning voice control. After a lot of hard practice and working with a computer program, Katie learns how to speak all over again and goes back to school and talks normally, without stuttering.
Author/Doctor Ronald L. Webster does an excellent job explaining his speech therapy at a level both children and parents can comprehend. His nonprofit center, Hollins Communications Research Institute, has helped over six thousand people from forty-eight countries overcome stuttering problems. At the end of this book, there is a letter from a woman who this story is about and how she had a young daughter who had the identical problem but she also used the doctor's techniques so now no longer stutters.
Although the book is lengthy for a beginner reader, it not only teaches there is hope when one stutters, but that other children need to understand this common problem can often be corrected.
The book uses Katie as an example of all children who stutter - the frustrations with not being able to communicate with [aren't, friends, schoolmates, and even ice cream vendors! Very gradually the parents and Katie are in contact with the HCRI (Hollins Communications Research Institute) in Roanoke, VA where in a very concise manner the methods used by the doctors and therapists, methods that include stretching sounds, breathing with words, shaping the mouth and other ideas that end up with computer sound responsive techniques that polish the ability to learn to speak without stuttering.
The story is a reassuring one for both children and parents. In some ways it is a fine advertisement for directing stutterers to the HCRI. The book ends with a letter from `Katie' years later reporting show Dr. Rollins' technique saved her own daughter. This is a well-written book and fine illustration (for some reason the illustrator is not named). Recommended. Grady Harp, December 12
Her mom saw a news report about a doctor who helped people who stuttered. He didn't think the way the other doctors did. He believed it was just something that happened. Her parents took her to this doctor. He did some tests then started her on the road to end her stuttering. It was a lot of hard work. She found out she had to learn to control certain muscles to make certain sounds and that helped her with her stuttering problem. She was excited to get back to school and show the kids that she could talk just like them.
This is a true story. It doesn't end there. If you want to find out more about Katie when she grew up get the book. If you have a child who stutters, get the book. This is an inspirational story. It points out how determined Katie was to fix this problem. It also shows how cruel kids can be when they don't understand the problem. This would be a great book to give to a school speech therapist.
I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.