Living with Stuttering - Stories, Basics, Resources, and Hope, by Kenneth O. St. Louis, Ph.D.
From the Preface:
Living with Stuttering - Stories, Basics, Resources, and Hope is a book for and about people who stutter as well as those who seek to understand and help them. It puts a human face on a problem that has afflicted untold millions of people through the ages. The stories of twenty-five diverse individuals tell the reader that stuttering is not a simple problem of nervousness, as many believe it to be. They attest to the courage and determination of people living day-to-day with a problem that mysteriously but profoundly affects the most basic of human experiences conversing and interacting with others. But most importantly, the individual authors share their own unique life stories and how stuttering has colored those stories. Reading their personal accounts, one comes away with an appreciation of these people as individuals, folk not to be regarded as victims but as people meeting the challenges of life just like everyone else. The overarching theme of Living with Stuttering.- Stories, Basics, Resources, and Hope is that there is always hope for people who stutter.
Who would be interested in these stories? People who stutter, their families, friends, and acquaintances; and anyone who is interested in the human condition will find them fascinating. [It is also] most appropriate as a supplemental text for college courses in: introduction to communication disorders (or speech-language pathology), stuttering or fluency disorders, special education, cultural diversity, living with disabilities or handicaps, or personal narrative. A short appendix in the book offers a view of these stories' value from a college student's perspective.
Not only does Living with Stuttering.- Stories, Basics, Resources, and Hope provide fascinating verbal snapshots of what it can be like to stutter, but it is a carefully crafted self-help and clinical resource as well. It strives to be authoritative Yet readable. Chapter 1: Introduction identifies key underpinnings for telling one's personal stories from the newly named area of "narrative psychology." Chapter 3: Stuttering 101: Some Basics, written in plain English to the person who stutters, summarizes a great deal of what is currently known about the nature and treatment of stuttering. For individuals who stutter or those who know someone who stutters, various appendices describe where to find more information, how to take stock of one's stuttering, and how and where to get help. For example, one appendix provides a suggested reading/video list for different groups (i.e., adults who stutter, the general public, or speech-language pathologists) who wish to learn more about this condition, and allows them to choose whether to spend ten minutes or several days, weeks, or months on the subject.
Two complementary appendices provide guidelines on how those who stutter can "take stock' of their stuttering as a self-study exercise by telling their own stories and by filling out a short inventory on life perspectives and stuttering. Stuttering self-help or support group members, speech-language pathologists, and others may find these Taking Stock materials especially helpful to self-management or speech therapy.
Published 2001, Populore Publishing Company.
ISBN 0-9652699-4-9, 254 pp.,