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Stammering Resources for Adults and Teenagers
Integrating New Evidence into Clinical Practice

Edited By

Trudy Stewart

ISBN 9780367208684
Published August 11, 2020 by Routledge
260 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This comprehensive and practical resource is a second volume to the highly influential Dysfluency Resource Book (2010). It brings together the very latest developments in the field of stammering and dysfluency in adults and teenagers and builds upon some of the approaches explored in the Dysfluency Resource Book. The book draws on the expert knowledge of contributors from a wide range of fields, such as specialist speech and language therapy, education, psychology and youth work, with a focus on presenting practical guidance for those working in this complex area.

This valuable resource:

• Has chapters exploring the latest clinical developments, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and narrative therapy.

• Provides in-depth discussion of some established therapeutic practices, including avoidance-reduction therapy and group work.

• Offers concrete application to theory, both the social and medical models, guiding the reader on how to integrate new evidence into clinical practice.

• Provides a wealth of activities and photocopiable handouts that can be used in practice.

Designed for clinicians and students working with teenagers and adults who stammer, this flexible and practical book embeds an ethos of reflection and adaptation. The detailed overview of therapeutic approaches allows the reader to explore a wide range of techniques, building a strong foundation of knowledge from which to tailor and develop their own practice.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  Foreword  Introduction  Chapter 1: The art and practice of being a clinician working with individuals who stammer. Trudy Stewart & Margaret Leahy  Chapter 2: Service delivery. Jonathon Linklater  Chapter 3: Stammering and voice. Alison McLaughlin  Chapter 4: Narrative practice: Identifying and changing problem stories about stammering. Mary O’Dwyer & Fiona Ryan  Chapter 5: Avoidance reduction therapy. Jonathon Linklater  Chapter 6: Integrating mindfulness into therapy with people who stammer. Carolyn Cheasman  Chapter 7: Integrating acceptance and commitment therapy into stammering therapy. Rachel Everard & Carolyn Cheasman  Chapter 8: Working together: the power of the therapeutic group  Rachel Everard & Cathinka Guldberg, with Sam Simpson and David Ward  Chapter 9: Working with self-help groups. Hilary Liddle & Bob Adams

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Trudy Stewart is a retired consultant speech and language therapist. She studied in universities in Glasgow, Michigan State (USA) and Leeds. She worked in the UK with children and adults who stammer for nearly 40 years. Her last role was clinical lead of the Stammering Support Centre in Leeds. Trudy has taught undergraduate, graduate and specialist courses for clinicians in the UK, Europe and Sri Lanka, including on the European Clinical Specialisation in Fluency Disorders (ECSF) course. She has carried out research while a clinician, presented her work at international conferences and has written several texts on stammering. Her last book, published in 2016, is Stammering: A Resource Book for Teachers.


Known for her honesty, integrity and leading authority in the field of dysfluency, Trudy Stewart, together with highly respected collaborators, weaves this collage of exciting topics into a collection of valuable chapters. The passion, dedication and expertise of each author is reflected in every chapter.

In clear and practical language, the book provides an insight into new approaches and offers inspiration and reflection whether you are a student, a clinician or a fluency specialist looking for interesting approaches to spark new ideas. This book is on my bookshelf and should be required reading for anyone interested in fluency disorders. What a wonderful supplementary text to the Dysfluency Resource Book. It is truly a wonderful piece of art!

Dr. Joseph Agius, European Fluency Specialist, University of Malta/ ECSF, author of iOS app ‘Fluency Smart Intervention Strategy’


This book covers hot topics that all speech-language therapists need to understand if they want to make a difference in the lives of people who stammer. It contains expert advice written by world-renowned clinicians who provide critical insights about both basic clinical procedures and advanced helping skills for working with people who stammer. With chapters on key aspects of service delivery, counseling methods, and the clinical process, readers will learn new ways of improving their therapy with people who stammer and gain deep insights into the experience of stammering. They will also learn about key skills, such as mindfulness approaches, that can help them in their own lives, as well!

Chapters are clearly written and easily accessible for novice and advanced therapists.

This book should become an indispensable companion for speech-language therapists seeking to help people who stammer.

J. Scott Yaruss, Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University, Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).