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Can I tell you about Stammering?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals

Can I tell you about Stammering?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals
  

Harry invites readers to learn about what it is like to stammer from his perspective and how it affects his daily life and makes him feel. He explains techniques he has learnt that can help reduce his stammering and describes how friends, family and those around him can help him ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781849054157
Barcode 9781849054157
Published 15 July 2013 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Cottrell, Sue
Illustrated by Khan, Sophie
Series Can I Tell You About...?
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ISBN-13 9781849054157
ISBN-10 1849054150
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Imprint Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publication Date 15 July 2013
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Cottrell, Sue
Illustrated by Khan, Sophie
Series Can I Tell You About...?
Category Disability & Illness
Speech & Language Disorders & Therapy
Coping With Disability
Number of Pages 48
Dimensions Width: 154mm
Height: 228mm
Spine: 7mm
Weight 108g
Interest Age 7-10 years
Reading Age 7-10 years
NBS Text Coping with Problems & Illness
ONIX Text General/trade;Children/juvenile;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 616.8554
Catalogue Code 415567

Description of this Book

Meet Harry - a young boy who stammers. Harry invites readers to learn about what it is like to stammer (also known as a stutter) from his perspective and how it affects his daily life and makes him feel. He explains techniques he has learnt that can help reduce his stammering. Harry describes how friends, family and those around him can help him to feel at ease and reduce his stammer further. This illustrated book is full of useful information and will be an ideal introduction for young people, aged 7 upwards, as well as parents, friends, teachers and speech therapists working with children who stammer. It is also an excellent starting point for group discussions at home or school.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This enlightening book will tug on the heart strings... Hearing about stammering from Harry's perspective, will enable parents and friend to understand a little bit about the every day challenges that a young person who stammers faces and how ti makes them feel. The book is informative and highly readable. The How to help section is essential reading for anyone living or caring for a young person with a stammer, and will help guide them about the best way to behave around someone who stammers. An excellent book to encourage open discussions about stammering - at home or at school. -- Youth in Mind Sue Cottrell provides all of us, be we teachers, parents, friends or other professionals, with a sensitive and insightful introductory read. -- Red Reading Hub by Jill Bennett The book is very comprehensive in its coverage of stammering, with information bases on research presented easily and simply for children to understand and then to use in situations that they might meet themselves, whether they stammer or not. Some serious messages about stammering are conveyed through Harrys comments that would interest a young reader - for example that stammering can come and go, that episodes may be triggered by stress of some kind, that children do not usually stammer when reading in unison with other people and that stammering can make you feel lonely ... I really enjoyed reading this book, it was insightful and actually quite moving for me to read as I stammered when I was a child I could connect with Harry's feelings at that age. I could appreciate from my own experience just how important it was for hi m to get the support he enjoyed from his family, teachers and friends. I would highly recommend this book for young readers whether they stammer or not, for parents and professionals who could use it to encourage open communication with a child who stammers and, as it is part of a series that explains various conditions, it is a very useful resource for lessons in personal and social education. -- British Stammering Association As someone who struggled with a stammer through childhood, I had an instant connection with this book. I could hugely relate to Harry's mindset, the frustrations he went through and the emotions that he felt. Feeling trapped and lonely can lead to someone who stammers becoming extremely isolated but this book will help people who stammer realise that they are not alone and that there are techniques out there to give them hope, help reduce the fear and gain control of the stammer. This informative read will also help increase an understanding and awareness of stammering. -- Matt Wilton, Regional Director UK South, The McGuire Programme Can I tell you about Stammering? is a very insightful look into stammering from a child's prospective. It is very informative and accurately reflects the feelings of a someone who stammers. It is very important that people who don't stammer understand how difficult life can be for those who do. Yet, even though stammering is an often debilitating condition, this book tells other stammerers not to give up, that there is hope out there and with hard work and belief the battle against stammering can be won. Besides, even with a stammer, we all have many, many qualities of which we should be very proud. It just really helps if other people understand and this book will definitely help with that. -- Kevin Phelps, former stammerer, Headteacher, Tavernspite County Primary School, Wales What a lovely read! Can I tell you about Stammering? is a wonderfully thoughtful book with an accurate account of what stammering feels like for many children. It would be so useful to children of all ages, especially to those who do not know anyone else who stammers. I have met numerous children, from all kinds of backgrounds, who feel isolated by their stammers. Harry just might help them to see that others feel as they do and that they are not just a child who stammers. -- Alison Holloway, Speech and Language Therapist specialising in disorders of fluency This honest, matter-of-fact and informative book, shared from an individual child's perspective, beautifully captures daily experiences of stammering and educates parents, professionals, children and others about the disorder. In addition, it assists speech and language therapists in facilitating open communication about stammering with their clients. -- Kristin A. Chmela, M.A. CCC-SLP Board Recognized Specialist-Fluency Disorders, Long Grove, Illinois, USA This book will offer you an insight into the world of a child who stammers and share some practical ways to help. Written by a parent of a child who stammers... There are practical tips for parents, teachers, friends and anyone who is interested in finding out more about how to help children who stammer. These books can also be shared with children aged 7 upward to help them understand their difficulties. At the end of the book there are also really useful links to other organisations and sources of support. This book may be useful to start potentially difficult conversations with children, either individually or in groups, about what a stammer is, how it feels to have a stammer and what works for different children to help them. I CAN Communicate blog This highly readable and carefully constructed book uses the voice of an 11-year-old boy, Harry, to talk about stammering... The topics are divided into short chapters that can be discussed separately. There are also four pages of recommended reading, websites and addresses of various organisations... the book identifies how adults and peers can help in this process... In learning to overcome a stammer, the problem of transfer of any therapy techniques is highlighted... This book will be useful to professionals and parents and could facilitate discussions about stammering and how to support children. Ideally, therapists work with parents and schools, and this book could provide an excellent link between them. Where therapy is not available, it could be of great support to professionals and the stammering child. -- Rosemarie Hayhow, fellow, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Children & Young People Now This book will offer you an insight into the world of a child who stammers and share some practical ways to help. Written by a parent of a child who stammers... There are practical tips for parents, teachers, friends and anyone who is interested in finding out more about how to help children who stammer. These books can also be shared with children aged 7 upward to help them understand their difficulties. At the end of the book there are also really useful links to other organisations and sources of support. This book may be useful to start potentially difficult conversations with children, either individually or in groups, about what a stammer is, how it feels to have a stammer and what works for different children to help them. I CAN Communicate blog
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Sue Cottrell worked as a teacher before becoming an education consultant for schools, local authorities and the Welsh government, for whom she authors educational material. She has a teenage son who has stammered since the age of 6 and she has researched stammering extensively. Sue has attended several McGuire courses and fortnightly support group meetings for people who stammer and their families. She lives in Newport, Wales. Sophie Khan is an established Theatre Designer and Artist. Her work has toured the U.K. Her illustrations have been used in programmes and advertising.

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