Current approaches to treating stuttering do not reflect the new understanding of its nature which has emerged from recent studies. This book brings together speech scientists and clinicians to discuss the best ways to close the perceived gap and maximize the effectiveness of treatment. Together, the chapters offer a comprehensive state-of-the-art overview of the complexities of stuttering and its remediation. Genetic, neuropsychological, behavioral, and often-neglected affective and cognitive factors are all considered. Preferred methodologies for empirical investigation are described, and specific examples of applied clinical research designs are provided. The book will be crucial reading for all those professionally concerned with fluency disorders and their students.
Table of Contents
Contents: E.B. Cooper, Preface. N.B. Ratner, E.C. Healey, Bridging the Gap Between Stuttering Research and Practice: An Overview. E.G. Conture, The Best Day to Rethink Our Research Agenda Is Between Yesterday and Tomorrow. A. Smith, Stuttering: A Unified Approach to a Multifactorial, Dynamic Disorder. E. Yairi, Epidemiological Factors and Stuttering Research. B. Guitar, Bridging the Gap Between the Science and Clinical Practice. C.L. Ludlow, A Conceptual Framework for Investigating the Neurobiology of Stuttering. L.F. De Nil, Stuttering: A Neurophysiological Perspective. J. Riley, Clinician/Researcher: A Way of Thinking. G.M. Siegel, Integrating Affective, Behavioral, and Cognitive Factors in Stuttering. W.H. Manning, Progress Under the Surface and Over Time. B. Murphy, A Preliminary Look at Shame, Guilt, and Stuttering. D. Hill, Evaluation of Factors Related to Early Stuttering: A Descriptive Study. S.R. Gottwald, Family Communication Patterns and Stuttering Development: An Analysis of the Research Literature. M. Onslow, A. Packman, The Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention. R.J. Ingham, A.K. Cordes, On Watching a Discipline Shoot Itself in the Foot: Some Observations on Current Trends in Stuttering Treatment Research. C.W. Starkweather, The Effectiveness of Stuttering Therapy: An Issue for Science?
"This is an important book for researchers and clinicians to have in their libraries, not because it bridges the gap, real or fancied, between research and practice, but because it helps to frame the issues and the difficulties inherent in building the bridge."