Why is the title “Learning to Stutter?” Shouldn’t it be “Learning NOT to Stutter?”
Millions of people worldwide are living with the same syndrome as Kenneth Kocher, the main character in “Learning to Stutter”. If about 1% of the Earth’s population stutters, then that’s an estimated 68 million people. This book is designed to be an example of one person’s journey, but it’s also meant to be a road map of sorts for the loved ones of those one percent.
True stuttering has no cure. Therefore it is imperative for the person who stutters to do the internal work necessary to accept the situation and learn to stutter with grace. Although most people see stuttering as the simple repetition of sounds, it is mostly a neurological syndrome that manifests in different ways in different people. To this end, an invented lexicon of symbols is implemented to describe individual neurological subroutines, blocks, and secondary behaviors so common to stuttering. This syntax draws the reader beyond seeing stuttering as solely a speech impediment, and opens a window into an often baffling and bizarre syndrome.
Please see this link for a beautifully constructed fact sheet about stuttering: http://www.ihaveavoice.info/survey.html
Although a work of fiction, Learning to Stutter is semi-autobiographical in nature, portraying the grasp that stuttering can take on one’s identity and self-esteem from the inside out, as well as the dedication required to stutter with grace. At its core, this is a novel about perseverance and hope. It will inspire those who stutter, educate those who don’t, and resonate with anyone who feels the path to true expression has been blocked.