Stuttering self-help book hits the shelves
Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 2:47 pm
Self-Therapy for the Stutterer is the classic self-help guide by the founder of The Stuttering Foundation, Malcolm Fraser.
It is written to and for the many adults and teens who stutter. The 192-page book is available at most public libraries including the Ned R. McWherter Public Library in Dresden and the C.E. Weldon Public Library in Martin.
If you stutter, you do not need to surrender helplessly to your speech difficulty because you can change the way you talk, according to a spokesperson for the book.
“You can learn to communicate with ease rather than with effort. There is no quick and easy way to tackle the problem, but with the right approach, self-therapy can be effective,” a press release cited.
This book outlines a self-therapy program, which describes what the person who stutters can do to work towards better communication.
It is often used as a supplement to speech therapy. A timely feature on page 164 is information about King George VI and how inspirational his speeches were during World War II as depicted in the new movie, The King’s Speech.
Writes Charles Van Riper, Ph.D., about this book: “There are always some who stutter who are unable to get professional help and others who do not seem to be able to profit from it.
“There are some who prefer to be their own therapist. In this book, Malcolm Fraser has provided guidance for those who must help themselves. Knowing well from his own experience as a stutterer the difficulties of self-therapy, he outlines a series of objectives and challenges that should serve as a map for the person who is lost in the dismal swamp of stuttering and wants to find a way out.”
The book is available free to all public libraries. If a library doesn’t have it, ask them to contact the Stuttering Foundation toll-free at 800-992-9392 for a copy.