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Self-help book on stuttering available at library


   "Self-Therapy for the Stutterer" is the classic self-help guide by the founder of the Stuttering Foundation, Malcolm Fraser.
   It is written to and for the many adults and teens who stutter. The 192-page book is available at most public libraries including the Jefferson County Library in Madras.
   If you stutter, you do not need to surrender helplessly to your speech difficulty because you can change the way you talk.
   You can learn to communicate with ease rather than with effort. There is no quick and easy way to tackle the problem, but with the right approach, self-therapy can be effective.
   This book outlines a self-therapy program which describes what the person who stutters can do to work towards better communication. It is often used as a supplement to speech therapy.
   A timely feature on page 164 is information about King George VI and how inspirational his speeches were during World War II, as depicted in the new movie, "The King's Speech."
   Charles Van Riper, Ph.D., writes about the book, "There are always some who stutter who are unable to get professional help and others who do not seem to be able to profit from it. There are some who prefer to be their own therapist. In this book, Malcolm Fraser has provided guidance for those who must help themselves."
   "Knowing well from his own experience as a stutterer the difficulties of self-therapy, he outlines a series of objectives and challenges that should serve as a map for the person who is lost in the dismal swamp of stuttering and wants to find a way out," Riper said.
   The book is available free to all public libraries. Libraries that don't have it may contact the Stuttering Foundation toll-free at 800-992-9392 for a copy.