Book Review: Preschool Stuttering-What Parents Can Do

Jun 23, 2014 by

Book Review:  Preschool Stuttering-What Parents Can Do

Mirla G Raz author of the Help Me Talk Right Series, which focuses on how to teach /r/, /s/ and /l/ in 15 Easy Lessons has come up with another winner. This time she focuses on helping parents of preschool stutters in her new book “Preschool Stuttering, What Parents Can Do”. This book is a common sense guide for parents, giving them all the information they need to give and get their preschooler the help they need. “Preschool Stuttering, What Parents Can Do” is also designed to try and help alleviate concern through knowledge.

The initial chapters help to demystify disfluency in young children. Ms. Raz thoroughly explains stuttering risk factors and typical vs. atypical disfluencies observed in preschoolers. She goes on to give many important tips an examples on how to respond to a child who is dysfluent. The emotional impact of stuttering is also discussed in-depth along with the impact of environmental changes or life event changes.
The latter chapters of “Preschool Stuttering, What Parents Can Do” focus on getting professional help. Ms. Raz provides guidelines on when to seek professional help , what type of therapy services are necessary for making the most effective progress, what to expect from the therapy process, question to ask and the parents role in the therapy process.

“Preschool Stuttering, What Parents Can Do” is written and organized in such a manner that it is easy to understand and follow. There is a brief bulleted preview and review for each chapter pointing out key points. This provides a wonderful summary and makes it very easy to find information at any point. Some subsections of this book are also bulleted also providing a quick review. The final chapter is a Q and A of questions that may come up during the course of reading this book.

“Preschool Stuttering, What Parents Can Do” in my opinion covers it all. This is not a book only to be recommended by Speech Language Pathologists. It’s extremely parent friendly and would provide an excellent starting point for parents who are concerned about their child’s disfluencies. Preschool teachers, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, psychologists and counsellors should all be familiar with this book. It is one of the best parent information guides I’ve seen in years.

Update January 2017 Mirla Raz has just developed a CEU course designed for speech-language pathologists, this course will focus on identification of stuttering during the preschool years and how it differs from normal disfluencies in children 2-5 years of age. The focus will be on the role of the speech-language pathologist in helping parents minimize their child’s disfluencies. Different home environments will be discussed in their relation to stuttering as well as the impact that various events have on a young child’s speech. The presentation will conclude with discussion of when to recommend fluency therapy, what should be in place for therapy to succeed, viewpoints and questions a SLP may encounter, and appropriate responses to these questions. Offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 contact hours. It’s called Stopping The Stuttering Trajectory in the Preschool Years

Other books by Mirla Raz (and yes I do use them!)


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