The book, Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do is well-written, provides a framework that makes this guide an easy read. There are a lot of great charts, strategies and tips within this book for the reader to utilize. The tone in which this book is written makes it feel more personal and allows the reader to connect with the author and the information that she provides.
Ease of information…
At the beginning of each chapter there are “Starting Points” that serve as a guide to assist the reader when reviewing information within each chapter. There are different charts and checklists throughout the book that breakdown information further. At the end of each chapter there is a recap which highlights the main points of the chapter. Thankfully, you should not have to pull out your dictionary too much, because the information is presented without a lot of technical terms. This is always nice for readers, because a lot of times the audience is not always a speech language pathologist.
All of the Answers to your Burning Questions…
As I read through the book, a lot of my questions were answered regarding stuttering. I felt the book provided concrete examples and real life experiences which provided me with a different perspective of stuttering. There are a lot of frequently asked questions at the end of the book with answers.
Resources, Checklists and More…
One of my favorite charts within the book is the “Dos and Don’ts” it not only states what to avoid saying and the reasoning that aligns with each statement, but it provides suggestions of what to say instead. There are a lot of practical strategies, charts, checklists, and more resources to use within this book.This book is a great addition to a parent’s resource library or any individual interested in stuttering. Some of the areas that Mirla addresses within her book include, but are not limited to: Understanding Stuttering, Viewpoints and Reactions, Stuttering and Emotions, Different Environments, Events, and People, Professional Help and Questions and Answers.
How I am Using the Book…
As a speech language pathologist, I have my bookshelf of reference guides and books that I enjoy referencing back to for further information. After reviewing this book, I was excited to add it to my bookshelf. This book is easy to reference back to quickly because of the awesome layout and how all of the information is presented. The field of Speech Language Pathology is so broad and it is nice to be able to have a book like Preschool Stuttering:What Parents Can Do. It is nice to have the technical books to reference back to, but it is also convenient to have the less technical books as a quick reference point.
Special Thanks to Mirla G. Raz for writing a wonderful book for others to use as a resource with children who have difficulties in the area of fluency.
About the Author:
Mirla G. Raz, a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, lives and works in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. She has worked extensively with the pediatric population remediating speech sound disorders, language disorders and stuttering. Ms. Raz coaches speech pathologists on helpful techniques they can use when remediating language, phonological, and fluency disorders. Her blog, Apps for Speech Therapy, can also be found at helpmetalkright.com. Ms. Raz’s popular Help Me Talk Rightseries of books have been used by parents and professionals throughout world. Her books are available at amazon.com, b&n.com and helpmetalkright.com. Follow her on Facebook (Help Me Talk Right), Twitter (@helpmetalkright) and connect with her on LinkedIn.