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Living with Stuttering
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…enhanced with a wealth of thematically appropriate resources…[an] excellent and enthusiastically recommended resource for people who stutter, as well as those who work or live with stutterers.—Midwest Book Review

If you know a stutterer or are one, you should read this book. We rated it "five hearts."—Heartland Reviews


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Companion resources: Tools for Taking Stock

Living with Stuttering: Stories, Basics, Resources, and Hope by Kenneth O. St. Louis, Ph.D. (More about Dr. St. Louis) is a refreshing break from the typical literature on stuttering because of its human interest and diversity of perspectives on the issue. It is not only richly academic and informative, but it is also a fascinating and inspiring read. It teaches as well as entertains, earning it a spot on multiple shelves.

In addition to resources and instructional material regarding stuttering, the book includes the personal stories of 25 different stutterers.

Living with Stuttering: Stories, Basics, Resources, and Hope is

informative and comforting to stutterers and non-stutterers alike

useful as both a textbook for Speech-Language Pathology professors and students, and a resource for individuals who stutter and their friends and family

inspiring, with real-life stories with insightful and humorous quotes from people who have "lived" stuttering

easy to read, with a conversational tone and clear explanations

rich in good, solid information to teach about stuttering or to spark discussion at self-help group meetings, including extensive and annotated resource lists recommending advice on where to look further for information and help

innovative, with Taking Stock materials and exercises for personal use or as a complement to stuttering therapy

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Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Telling your story has value
  • Listen to the experts
  • What do they tell us?
  • A final thought

Chapter 2: Our Stories

The personal stories of 25 stutterers, in their own words, about their experiences, struggles, and triumphs with stuttering

Chapter 3: Stuttering 101: Some Basics

  • What is stuttering?
  • Who stutters and when?
  • What happens during and because of stuttering?
  • Why do people stutter and how are they different from people who don't stutter?
  • How do people cope with or manage their stuttering?
  • How can stutterers be more successful?

Appendices

  • References
  • Reading and Video list
  • How and Where You Can Get Help
  • Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for People who Stutter
  • Some Thoughts from a Speech-Language Pathology Student
  • Terminology Pertaining to Fluency and Fluency Disorders: Guidelines
  • Taking Stock: Telling Your Story of Stuttering
  • Taking Stock: Assessing Your Life Perspectives and Stuttering

What people are saying about Living with Stuttering: Stories, Basics, Resources, and Hope:

I love the book. The messages are so straightforward and so powerful. No text or data-based article can touch this. How can we express our journey in numbers, melted into averages, and talk about our lives as insignificant statistical probabilities? Something essential is truly lost in those attempts. Living with Stuttering puts the human back into human communications. I intend to use the book in my teaching.
— Phil Schneider
Professor, Queens College

Every now and then a book comes along that touches the heart and soul of all its readers. Living with Stuttering is a moving account of courage and wisdom that captures the true spirit of stuttering. A rich tapestry that is an affirmation of life for those who stutter, these loving honest reflections provide an insight to understanding stuttering through encouragement, hope and inspiration.
— Annie Bradberry
Stutterer, Former Executive Director,
National Stuttering Association

Every one of these [25] stories, like all great literature dealing with the human condition, is a hymn to the human spirit and a reaffirmation of the fact that stuttering, as debilitating as it can be, need not preclude the attainment of a rich and fulfilling life. Every student of the problem, every clinician working with adolescents and adults who stutter, and every individual who is struggling or has struggled with this problem of stuttering [should have] the opportunity to read and re-read as needed, this wonderfully uplifting contribution to our literature. In total, this book is indeed a unique new resource on stuttering deserving of a 5-star rating.
— Eugene B. Cooper
2001 recipient of the Malcolm Fraser
Award for Excellence in Stuttering

[The chapter] "Stuttering 101: Some Basics" answers questions about stuttering in a reader-friendly style and points in appropriate directions to additional information and therapy resources.
— Judith Maginnis Kuster
Webmaster, The "Stuttering Homepage"

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Dr. Kenneth O. St. Louis, editor and major contributor to Living with Stuttering: Stories, Basics, Resources, and Hope, stuttered significantly as a child and young adult, but with excellent therapy, has mostly recovered since college. For more than thirty years, he has distinguished himself as a researcher, clinician, and teacher. Recognized as a Benedum Distinguished Scholar at West Virginia University, he has trained clinicians and treated hundreds of children and adults who stutter. He has presented to more than 150 professional audiences around the world and published more than 80 articles, chapters, monographs, and books. Ken was a co-founder and second president of the International Fluency Association, he is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and he was a charter member of the Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders.

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Information on Living with Stuttering's companion resources, Tools for Taking Stock.