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[November 23, 2012]
Children's book tackles acceptance, overcoming challenges through heartwarming story about stuttering
Nov 21, 2012 (PRNewsChannel.com via COMTEX) -- Dr. Ronald L. Webster highlights his groundbreaking stuttering treatment in "Katie: The Little Girl Who Stuttered and Then Learned to Talk Fluently" PR NewsChannel ROANOKE, Va.
In "Katie: The Little Girl Who Stuttered and Then Learned to Talk Fluently" (ISBN 1468004905), Dr. Ronald L. Webster shares the true story of how one young girl overcame her stuttering. Webster has dedicated his life to treating the debilitating and misunderstood disorder of stuttering. He pioneered the concept of behavioral stuttering therapy and founded the nationally recognized Hollins Communications Research Institute, a nonprofit stuttering research and treatment center. Webster and his clinical team have treated more than 6,000 people who stutter, including journalist John Stossel and actor Austin Pendleton.
Katie was a bright, loving young girl, just like the children around her. However, whenever she tried to verbalize her thoughts and feelings, her stuttering got in the way. No matter how smooth and clear the thoughts were in her head, they never came out that way when she tried to speak.
Other children constantly teased Katie for the way she talked, and she only seemed to find comfort from their torment when she went to a park after school and played hide-and-seek. But her wish to free her voice from stuttering came true when she learned about a special kind of stuttering therapy. With this treatment, Katie learned new speaking skills that made her words flow freely and spontaneously. In addition to a happy outcome, the narrative offers an unexpected, heartwarming ending.
"This book gives hope to children who stutter by showing there may be an answer to their speech problem through hard work, determination and the right type of treatment," Webster says. "In addition, the storyline will benefit all children because it teaches lessons in understanding and respect for the challenge others face." "Katie: The Little Girl Who Stuttered and Then Learned to Talk Fluently" is available for sale online at Amazon.com and on the HCRI website at www.stuttering.org.
About the Author: Dr. Ronald L. Webster is president and founder of Hollins Communications Research Institute, a nonprofit center dedicated to stuttering research and treatment innovation. More than 6,000 people from across the U.S. and 47 other countries have come to the Virginia-based center for treatment. Webster is a research psychologist, licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology (emeritus) at Hollins University. He earned his bachelor degree at the University of Maine and his master and doctorate degrees at Louisiana State University. Together with his team at HCRI, Webster continues to make new discoveries that impact the way stuttering is viewed and treated. This also includes work with the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders on research to identify genetic links to stuttering.
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