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.
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 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."
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
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
“…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.”
“Designed for parents who suspect their child may have some type of communication problem. Explains what is considered ``normal'' for a child's development then describes symptoms of various common disorders. Demonstrates how to distinguish between a problem that will probably be outgrown, from one that requires outside help. Also explains how to get help, what tests are likely to be done and how to understand the diagnosis. Includes activities parents can do with their children at home to help them progress.”
This news of being named an [ALA] Alex Award winner is especially sweet because I, personally, know what it means to be included into a world of free access to books, which has been my real family since the first day of the first grade, when I stepped into the bookmobile.