- Plastic Comb: 649 pages
- Publisher: National Stuttering Association; 13th ed edition (1 January 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1929773005
- ISBN-13: 978-1929773008
- Package Dimensions: 27.4 x 20.6 x 2.3 cm
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Redefining Stuttering: What the struggle to speak is really about (Previously titled, How to Conquer Your Fears of Speaking before People) Plastic Comb – 1 Jan 2011
... includes a number of witty, evocative, and hugely enjoyable essays that I would highly recommend. --Peter O'Sullivan, British Stammering Association, BSA
About the Author
John C. Harrison showed a marked disfluency at the age of three and two years later underwent several weeks of speech therapy in New York City. But these early efforts at therapy were not productive and he struggled with stuttering throughout college and well into adulthood. John s involvement in a broad variety of personal growth programs over three decades have given him a unique insight into the nature and dynamics of the stuttering person. Today, he is fully recovered and no longer deals with stuttering. One of the earliest members of the National Stuttering Project (now the National Stuttering Association), he was a long-term member of the Board of Directors and previously served for 14 years as the NSA s Associate Director. He also served for nine years as the editor of the NSA's monthly newsletter Letting GO. John has run workshops for the stuttering and the professional communities across the U.S. and Canada as well as in England, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Australia, and he has been a regular presenter NSA national conferences. He has been published in Advance Magazine and the Journal of Fluency Disorders. He has presented at ASHA and CSHA conventions as well as at the First World Congress on Fluency Disorders in Munich, Germany. He was a keynote speaker at the 2002 Annual Meeting of the British Stammering Association, the Seventh World Congress of the International Stuttering Association held in 2004 in Freemantle, Australia, and the 2007 NSA Annual Conference in Atlanta.
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John Harrison has spent many years of his early life struggling with stuttering. He has used his countless experiences to defeat it 100% and develop a thorough understanding of the issue for the rest of us to follow. Through his years of perseverance and research on the subject, he has created this book, which undoubtedly embodies everything that the stuttering community has been waiting for. Anyone can achieve the kind of fluency they've dreamed of and this book will make it easy (that's right! EASY).
I've spoken with John personally and I'd venture to say that if anyone has all the answers to the problem of stuttering, it is this man. As someone who struggled for years with a debilitating speech block, I can say from personal experience that he is one of the few experts who understands the problem down to its core, and his wisdom is clearly shown in his writing. It wasn't until I read this book that I saw significant (and I mean SIGNIFICANT) improvements in my speech patterns.
If you've had and/or continue to have problems with a stutter or speech block, I guarantee you that this is the best money you can put towards fixing the problem. Permanently. Speech difficulties are a terribly frustrating phenomonon that can effect all aspects of one's life. There is absolutely no time to waste. This is your life and it's time to conquer the fears that keep you from living it. Get to work now, John will help you!
Stuttering therapy and research has been mired in the same old, static approaches for over a hundred years and if nothing else, Harrison has truly thought outside-the-box. In actually redefining, aka re-labeling "adult stuttering" as BLOCKING, he has helped the understanding of the enormous differences between the easy, unselfconscious repetitions that define childhood stuttering from the struggle behavior that marks the chronic stutterer. They are indeed two very different things and deserve separate investigation and treatment modalities.
In his Stuttering Hexagon, the author present a cogent argument for a multi targeted approach to the understanding and treatment of this baffling and often debilitating disorder that has thus far eluded anything approaching a cure.
If the film "The King's Speech" did much to bring this problem to a world-wide audience in a sympathetic fashion, "Redefining Stuttering" will further the help the cause of bringing relief to the approximately one percent of the world's population for whom the simple act of uttering "Hello" is an often torturous experience. Bravo for a job very well done.
The book touched metaphysical part of human nature, Like Zen---self observation---Fluency of being, how to link this to your speech and your way of being. There is a connection in everything.
From research of stutter, John reach new understanding of himself and the world.
It also teach me how to turn disadvantage into advantage, every difficult is ---actually a hidden gift!
Recently I am lucky to chat with John in person, he is kind caring person, he emit warm and positive energy...
Thanks John for your contribution and service...... and Highly recommended to everyone.
transformed your life? 'Conquer' is a book that has truly
As someone who struggled against 'stuttering' since I was
little, this book freed me to look at the 'process' in a
whole new light. Never again will I think of 'blocking' (or
strategies to avoid blocking) as just a 'speech problem' for
I now see it for what it was, an outcome of a holistic
process resulting from various components of my mind-body
interacting in a certain way. Seeing it this way revealed
the leverage points that has for me resulted in a
John's work opened up whole new areas of self inquiry for
me, the last two years of my life as been nothing short of a
wonderful and exciting journey of self-discovery, with John
as my trusted guide. I am now in the last stages of 'letting
go' and being that free and self-expressive communicator
that I dreamed I could be, and I owe my progress to John's
wonderful insights and direction including references to
other relevant reading material and attending various
I could not say how many times that I have read this
book, I find myself quoting from it all the time and can not
seem to talk about 'stuttering' without saying "as John
says...". What else can I say, if you a person who stutters,
or a speech therapist, or anyone looking for more freedom of
self-expression - then buy this book!!