Living with Stuttering: Stories, Basics, Resources, and Hope
Edited by Kenneth O. St. Louis, Ph.D.
ISBN: 0-9652699-4-9 • $19.95 US, $29.95 Canada • 256 pages, softcover
"… [it] puts the human back into human communications …"
— Phil Schneider, Professor, Queens College
Most people just talk, but for 3.5 million people in North America who stutter, something as simple as saying their names or answering the phone can be an agonizing struggle. Living with Stuttering: Stories, Basics, Resources, and Hope is a book for and about the many people who stutter and those who seek to understand and help them. There is no other stuttering literature available today that is as informative, comprehensive, and entertaining as this new book by Kenneth O. St. Louis. Living with Stuttering: Stories, Basics, Resources, and Hope discusses the current explanations and treatments for stuttering while recognizing that the different ways in which stutterers are affected go deeper than their struggles with fluency; the effects are as diverse as the vast stuttering population itself.
The heart of Living with Stuttering: Stories, Basics, Resources, and Hope is its second chapter entitled "Our Stories" which offers an intimate and telling view into the lives of 25 different stutterers as they share how they have coped with the interruption of one of the most basic human experiences — communication. Illuminating the human side of the mysterious problem, Living with Stuttering: Stories, Basics, Resources, and Hope speaks to all people, stutterers and non-stutterers alike. Its diversity of perspective, compelling human-interest, and emphasis on "real life" makes it strikingly different from the existing body of stuttering literature.
Chapter three, "Stuttering 101: Some Basics," is of particular interest to stutterers, students, and individuals wishing to know more about the "what, why, and how" of stuttering and its most current treatment methods. St. Louis educates the reader with straightforward, easy-to-read information, explanations, and coping strategies. Also, in an extensive section of appendices, St. Louis suggests a diverse wealth of quality resources for more specialized information. St. Louis highlights particular books, web sites and videos, as well as provides guidance on his personal method of "taking stock" of one's stuttering via writing personal stuttering narratives. What's so wonderful about this book is that even in its most scientific portions, St. Louis reminds the reader that stuttering is a human problem with human implications; nearly every page of the book is accented with sidebar comments from stutterers about their personal struggles and accomplishments.
Dr. 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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