This highly readable, clinically oriented book combines theory and therapy and examines all facets of stuttering, from possible etiologies through assessment to treatment. While considerable uncertainty still exists regarding the precise cause(s) of stuttering, Conture provides the reader with an even-handed coverage of fundamental knowledge, methodology, and procedures for effectively dealing with stuttering in children, teenagers, and adults. The book goes beyond a "how to" manual. Rather, Conture's clinical handbook provides both students and clinicians a source for principle-based procedures and strategies for the management of stuttering. Focusing on people who stutter as people first and people who stutter second, the material covers assessment and management of stuttering within the realities of everyday living, concomitant speech and language problems and clinical practice. For those in the fields of communication science and disorders and speech pathology.
Reviewer:Jeanne McHugh, M.S.(George Washington University)
Description:This book provides background information regarding stuttering as well as assessment and stuttering modification therapy techniques for children and adults. The first edition was published in 1982.
Purpose:The purpose is to have researchers consider the problems confronted in clinical practice and to have practitioners ponder the theoretical questions that back treatment choices. The objective to try to bridge the gap between research and practice is worthy, but I am not sure it is entirely met.
Audience:According to the author, the book is written for advanced undergraduate and graduate-level students as well as beginning clinicians who are diagnosing and treating stuttering. More experienced SLPs might be able to glean additional information from the book about certain issues. The author is a credible authority on the subject.
Features:The book includes numerous analogies and hints for the student/beginning clinician that are sometimes taken for granted. It discusses group therapy and uses different categories for clients (e.g., "children with some stuttering whose parents are unconcerned vs. parents who are concerned..."). The illustrations of the analogies are clever and clear and could be used to demonstrate the concept/point to clients. The book does not cover a variety of therapy approaches/techniques which students and beginning clinicians should be exposed to. The language is hard to follow at times and the asides are generally distracting, not helpful.
Assessment:The book provides some good suggestions that can be readily implemented in any therapy program. It would be a good supplemental book for an experienced clinician who is familiar with the basics. I feel it is not a book I would choose for an undergraduate or graduate-level required text and it is not an adequate resource for beginning clinicians if they have questions regarding various therapy techniques.