About The Book

  • A new and revolutionary approach to stuttering drawing on neuroscientific advances.
  • Includes practical methodology for reducing stuttering through sensory and motor tools.

Totally unlike any other coverage of the subject, this textbook presents a new paradigm for understanding the nature and treatment of stuttering based on recent discoveries in neuroscience. The authors illustrate how visible stuttering manifestations are actually a solution to a central problem, acting as a compensatory mechanism for a central involuntary block, rather than a problem in themselves. This book features methods that reduce stuttering by inhibiting this central block, through the use of sensory and motor tools, notably mirror neurons, and shows readers that stuttering is not a condition that can be effortlessly “trained out” of the system or eliminated via simple speech retraining.

Clinicians and students alike will find this textbook a revolutionary and invaluable resource on stuttering.

About The Authors

Joseph S. Kalinowski, PhD is an associate professor and researcher in the field of stuttering at East Carolina University. He received a master’s degree from Northeastern University and his doctorate degree from the University of Connecticut, during which he conducted research at Haskins Laboratories. Dr. Kalinowski is widely published in the field of fluency disorders in both peer-reviewed journals and in the popular media where he has recounted his own problems with stuttering and available treatment options for stutterers. He has over 70 peer-reviewed journal publications in the field of stuttering and is a co-inventor of the SpeechEasy device, an effective tool for the inhibition and management of stuttering.

Tim Saltuklaroglu, PhD is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee. He received his master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Alberta and his doctoral degree from East Carolina University in 2004. He has published papers and made presentations on the effectiveness of stuttering therapy, and has over 20 peer-reviewed journal publications in stuttering.

Table oF Contents

  • Preface
  • Section I.
    Nature of Stuttering

    • Introduction.
    • Stuttering and the Person Who Stutters.
    • Defining Stuttering, Assessing the Impact of Stuttering and Evaluating Therapeutic Changes.
    • Contemporary Methods of Treating Stuttering.
  • Section II.
    Inhibition of Stuttering

    • Inhibition of Stuttering, Speech Gestures, and Mirror Systems.
    • Sensory Inhibition: Choral Speech, AAF Second Speech Signals.
    • Motoric Inhibition: Therapy Techniques, Singing, Whispering Stuttering, Pseudostuttering.
    • Therapy Provision: Combining Techniques for Maximum Inhibition: Available Options for Functional Stuttering Inhibition.
    • Case Studies: Using a Complete Toolbox to Provide Optimal Therapy for Children and Adults.
  • Index

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