Getting Out the Words: Resources on Stuttering

Stuttering, or stammering as it's called in Britain, has affected people throughout history. These resources offer insight on the condition and types of treatment available.

The King's Speech

By Mark Logue and Peter Conradi

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Albert, Duke of York began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse. The amiable Logue gave the shy young Duke the skills and the confidence to stand and deliver before a crowd. And when his elder brother, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne to marry for love, 'Bertie' was able to assume the reins of power as King George VI.

The Oscar-winning movie of the same title is available on DVD, and the book is also available on audio.

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Stuttering--For Kids, By Kids

By Stuttering Foundation of America

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Swish, a lovable cartoon character, talks to children about their stuttering. In this video kids who have never met anyone else with similar problems meet other kids who tell how they handle problems such as teasing, speaking out in class, and teaching others about stuttering.

A 12-minute DVD.

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Do You Stutter? A Guide for Teens

By The Stuttering Foundation of America

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"A real help for teens experiencing tough times! Because you are a teen and because you sometimes stutter, some problems are uniquely yours. This book is written to and for you in the hope of helping you solve some of these problems. Also included is a list of myths about stuttering. Each chapter is written by a specialist in the field of stuttering. You may be interested to know that many of them have stuttered themselves. All agree that there is a lot you can do to improve the quality of your life. Book includes myth busters and comic strips."

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Therapy in Action: The School-age Child Who Stutters

By The Stuttering Foundation of America

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A resource and teaching tool for speech-language pathologists, teachers, parents, and physicians that provides information about what stuttering looks and sounds like, explores the concerns associated with stuttering in the school-age child, and shows speech therapy in action by renowned specialists with school-age children."
VHS, 1997, 38 minutes

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Stuttering and the Preschool Child: Help for Families

By Stuttering Foundation of America

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In the first section of this video, parents recount their emotions and reactions when their child first began to stutter. Stuttering experts and parents recommend a number of immediate steps to help the child. The second section describes the factors that put a child at risk for stuttering. The final section deals with treatment. Viewers see therapy in action by experts working with preschool children. 2000, VHS, 30 minutes

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Understanding Stuttering

By Nathan Lavid

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“…a writer who is both a practicing physician and former researcher on stuttering examines the medical roots of the problem and, hoping to bring alleviation, shares his findings. He defines stuttering as a medical condition that is neurologically based or inherited. In clear language he explains the basics of brain anatomy and function, tells of the latest scientific advances in diagnosis and treatment of stuttering, and explains the difference in acquired stuttering and Tourette syndrome. Using examples from his practice, he details effective treatments, including speech therapy and medications. Understanding Stuttering concludes with practical tips on how to converse with those who stutter and lists organizations that provide additional information and support.”

Also available as an eBook.

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Tending to Grace

By Kimberly Newton Fusco

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Lenore is Cornelia's mother and Cornelia's fix-up project. What does it matter that Cornelia won't talk to anyone and is always stuck in the easiest English class at school, even though she's read more books than anyone else? She looks after the house when Lenore won't get out of bed at all. So when Lenore and her boyfriend take off for Vegas leaving Cornelia behind with eccentric Aunt Agatha, all Cornelia can do is wait for her to come back. Aunt Agatha sure doesn't want any fixing. Maybe this time it's Cornelia who could use it?

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Stuttering and Your Child: Questions and Answers

By Edward G. Conture

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“For parents, teachers and all those wanting to help the child who stutters. Is often used as a supplement to clinical treatment. Written by seven leading authorities.”

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Mary Marony and the Snake

By Suzy Kline

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Mary Marony’s worst fears come true on the first day at her new school. When her second grade teacher asks everyone to tell something about themselves, Mary’s stuttering takes center stage. Mary begins to get help for her problem, and her school adventures continue in Mary Marony Hides Out.

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