This book explains the characteristics of stammering and uses illuminating first-hand accounts to demonstrate the common feelings of anguish experienced and provide clarity on what the child is likely to need in terms of support at home, school and in social situations. Packed with helpful advice for carers about how to build a child's confidence, it presents a variety of techniques and tips to alleviate the stammer and improve self-esteem and school performance.
This accessible resource will shed light on the perplexing nature of stammers, enabling those who care for children affected to find answers and get the best possible help.
Elaine Kelman is a speech and language therapist. She has worked in the field of stammering for over 25 years and at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children since it opened in 1994. She is a specialist in the treatment of stammering and works with children of all ages as well as adults. She works extensively with parents, teaching them how to help their children effectively.
Alison Whyte is a journalist and health writer. She has a son who first received therapy at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children when he was 9. He is now 19 and still has contact with the centre. She has been writing about health and social issues for 25 years, and has written about stammering for the Guardian and other magazines.
"Elaine Kelman and Alison Whyte's book is written in the spirit of openness and participation. It covers most of the things you ever wanted to know about stammering but never dared ask. Above all, it puts the voice of the young person at the heart of the book. As the authors say in their introduction, "the child who stammers is the only expert"‰Û_ To all those who stammer, who are parents or teachers, or sons and daughters of people who stammer, this book will bring hope and comfort. And yes, help to transform lives too."--From the foreword by Michael Palin, CBE
"Kelman and Whyte's book will be a powerful antidote to the mystery and misunderstanding that surround stuttering. The book is chock full of good, up-to-date information about the possible cause of stuttering, what makes stuttering better or worse, and how children and parents feel about stuttering. There are valuable tips for parents about how to respond to your child's stuttering, what goes on in therapy, and where to get even more information. Readers will appreciate the clear, lively writing, and the many quotations from children who stutter and their parents."--Barry Guitar, PhD, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Professor of Psychology, University of Vermont
128 pages. 2012
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