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

Cottrell, Sue

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

Illustrated by Sophie Khan

Jessica Kingsley Pubrs, 2013, pp48, 7.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 84905 415 7

One of a whole series of books devoted to offering support for parents, teachers, friends and classmates, indeed all those involved with people suffering from e.g. Asthma, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, Epilepsy, Dyslexia, to name but a few. As a rule I am not drawn to 'hot-water bottle' books, specially written to support a specific group of children. I feel openings for discussion come much more naturally through good quality fiction. For instance, Ann of Green Gables rather than Can I tell you about Adoption? or The Trouble with Donovan Croft instead of Can I tell you about Selective Mutism?

However, I had to eat humble pie with this book about stammerers. I found it extremely helpful to hear from an individual young stammerer, which tactics a listener should employ to help (keeping eye contact/waiting patiently/not finishing off sentences for others) and which tactics make matters worse (staring at the floor/looking bored/firing quick questions at the speaker). I was (but am no longer!) totally ignorant of the McGuire Programme.

We are given a resume of helpful hints at the end of the book, plus a useful further reading list, including websites and organisations that offer support. There are even a few blank pages for making personal notes.

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Author:Redfern, Angela
Publication:School Librarian
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Date:Mar 22, 2014
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