Stuttering Recovery: Personal and Empirical Perspectives is a highly original and engaging book serving to not only educate readers on topics related to stuttering, but also to stimulate discussion. The author interweaves personal accounts of people who stutter with informational chapters highlighting up-to-date research on recovery-related issues such as therapy, support groups, listener reactions, risk-taking, and dealing with family members and significant others.
Reader-friendly and understandable, this book incorporates various perspectives to teach and illustrate the different aspects of recovery. Chapters are paired with stories presenting all sides of the recovery process -- the humorous and serious, the uplifting and frustrating, the thoughtful and emotional, and everything in-between. The result is a text that is entertaining and instructive.
Stuttering Recovery: Personal and Empirical Perspectives is intended for undergraduate and graduate students, clinicians, speech-language professionals, people who stutter, significant others, and anyone else who has an interest in fluency disorders.
"This book is intended for speech and language therapists, undergraduate and postgraduate students, people who stutter, significant others and anyone else with an interest in stuttering. They say you can't please all of the people all of the time but Professor Dale Williams has a good stab at it! This is an original and deceptively light-hearted book about an elusive and complex topic - recovery in stuttering…It is both well referenced and academic, yet accessible, easy to read and strikes right at the heart of the stutterer's inner world. It is also written by someone who has obviously lived and is still living the life of a person with a stutter."
—The British Stammering Association
"This book is different from other books on stuttering. The book is comprehensive, ranging from a general overview of stuttering to recovery and therapy, nonstutterers' stereotypes of stuttering, and anecdotal stories of stutterers. Williams has done a great job, using simple English to describe all aspects of stuttering. Readers will certainly find the related articles and the complete list of references at the end of the book useful. Recommended."
"The book is both well referenced and academic, yet accessible, easy to read and strikes right at the heart of the stutterer's inner world. It is also written by someone who has obviously lived and is still living the life of a person with a stutter."
"There is no question that this is the most readable text on stuttering I have ever encountered. There are a number of good texts on stuttering, but none approach the subject in the way this text does….I love this book."
—Robert W. Quesal
Western Illinois University
"In this book, Dr. Williams presents in a captivating manner challenges faced by stutterers and clinicians alike in throwing light upon the often-obscured road leading to recovery from stuttering. Real life situations, together with blueprints flexible enough to apply in a variety of therapeutic endeavors, are meaningfully included as bases upon which to proceed. The author's unique sense of humor, applied in appropriate measures, maintains reader interest."
—Frederick P. Murray
ASHA Fellow, Author of A Stutterer's Story
Contents: Prologue: Start Here. What Is Stuttering? What Is Recovery? Eighth-Grade English Class. How to Read Research (and Non-Research). An Empirical Investigation: Analyzing the Effectiveness of a Self-Help Application Method for Treating Stuttering. Recovery and Therapy. The Depo. Support Groups. The Meeting. The Stereotyping of People Who Stutter. A Visit From St. Notker. Listeners. Stories of Listeners. Friends, Family, and Significant Others. The Family Dinner. Self-Improvement Is Worth the Risk. The Match of a Lifetime. Odds 'n' Ends. The Bottom Line. Questions for Discussion. Other Essays.