The Adventures of Phil & Dotty is an incredible book that fuels positive fantasy in children; it is about accepting, standing up for, and believing in oneself. Kim Swain paints a mesmerizing picture of fantastic creatures and how Phil comes to find his own voice through adventure. Michael Sugarman has been an activist in the stuttering and disability communities since the 1970’s. He was co-founder and former Executive Director of the National Stuttering Project and former chair of the International Stuttering Association.

Nobby Lewandowski, a person who stutters, offers suggestions for personal and professional improvement in Speaking Out! and Real World Leadership Strategies That Work. In addition to Lewandowski’s own writing, both books present an anthology of essays showcasing the valuable lessons of individuals experienced in business and other fields. Lewandowski demonstrates, with his words and professional background alike, that a person who stutters not only has a variety of work opportunities available to them but also can become a voice for change in their community. The Stuttering Foundation thinks these books may be helpful supplemental readings for a person who stutters interested in gaining broad advice and inspiration to advance their career goals.

STUTTERING IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH: UNDERSTANDING, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT, written by Eduardo Gallego Calvo, and published in Spain, begins by briefly analyzing the classic approaches used for the treatment of stuttering (surgical, psychiatric, neurological, psychopharmacological, psychological, speech therapy, etc.), derived from an anatomical-functional model based on genetics and neurophysiology.

Furthermore, a "psycho-evolutionary" approach is proposed, not only complementary but in interdependence with the "anatomical-functional" model, taking into account the extraordinary importance of the child's  socialization processes, especially between 0 and  3 years age, as well as the influence these exert on their neurophysiological development and language acquisition.

Finally, the existence of a characteristic psychological profile of people who stutter is suggested, as well as a series of therapeutic, prevention and intervention proposals, advising extensive and rigorous epidemiological studies, as well as the investigation of some key aspects of stuttering, such as its relationship with the sense of sight, as, apparently, there are no blind people at birth affected by stuttering.

Eduardo lives in Madrid where he works as a private clinician, and as a psychoanalyst and specialist in hearing and language (AyL), with particular attention paid to those who stutter.

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From the Fall 2021 Magazine