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Posted July 21, 2004
A Wonderful Book!
I'm so glad an associate referred me to this book. As a speech therapist, I had been looking for material that addressed the feelings and concerns of children who stutter in a fiction format. This book does that. That is the purpose of the book. The main character, likeable 10 year-old Jason, struggles with feelings of doubt and despair, a temper that leads him to act out badly, and concerns about therapy --- could it possibly help? what do I have to do? how long will that take? Reading the book chapter by chapter with children leads to discussions about feelings and concerns that we might not otherwise have. I also find it useful to recommend this book to parents and teachers to help them better understand what can lie beneath the surface of the disruptions in speech fluency that sometimes is thought to be the only problem for chidlren who stutter. When they read about this from a child's point-of-view, they are much more open to suggestions I can make to improve communication with children with stuttering problems and help them develop confidence as oral communicators. As a book, it is a good read for those who are interested in the thoughts and feelings of others and as a reminder of how difficult it can be to be a child who feels left out. And as a therapy resource, it is wonderful!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2004
Factual, but not of high literary merit
I was asked to preview a copy of this for my school library. While the subject matter is pertinent, the style in which it is written did not appeal to me. I feel that the story lacks a certain 'flow' to it and the storyline is tediously pushed along.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 9, 2003
Much needed book
Alienation hurts! That's what 10 year-old Jason Loring painfully documents. His anxieties about fitting in remind us how hard growing up can be. When the school speech therapist helps Jason deal with rather than resist his stuttering problem, he becomes confident he can 'beat this thing' and be accepted at last. Factual and inspiring this book benefits parents, pre-teens and teens, and even therapists. A must read for anyone who cares about children.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2002
What stuttering feels like
Jason's Secret shows us what a bright, sensitive 10 year-old with a stuttering problem feels relating to family and classmates. So many books about children's stuttering problems are written from the adult's point-of-view. Jason's Secret, a novel, shows us, from a child's perspective, how stuttering can become a huge barrier to acceptance when you are 10. That is what makes Jason's Secret so attractive and cathartic to a child and instructional to an adult. Portraying Jason's extrememly negative feelings about early speech therapy experiences thatlead him to hide his problem by not talking is especially poignant. Also helpful is the description of his eventual involvement with the speech therapy program developed by the school speech therapist which offers Jason real hope that he can talk like others! Jason's Secret is a good primer on how hard it can be to grow up and what caring adults can do to help!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.