Foundations, evaluation and treatment from infancy to adulthood

Product: Book

Trim size in cm: 17x24cm

Pages: 434

ISBN: 978-88-590-0977-1

Publication date: 01/11/2015


This manual provides a complete and detailed description and analysis of all the main aspects of stuttering, from its aetiology to its characteristics, the experiences of individuals suffering from it and the definition of various intervention models.
The book contains useful conceptual and practical suggestions regarding:
– the role of the specialist (clinic, health worker etc.);
– correct diagnostic evaluation;
– outlining the functional profile of a patient;
– treatment of subjects of different ages, with the aid of art-mediated therapies, from a person-centred, contemporary and integrated perspective.

- Presentation of the book (Tiziana Rossetto and Luigi Marotta)
- Premise (Ehud Yairi)
- Introduction (Donatella Tomaiuoli)

- Part one: General notions
 Stuttering: from definition to diagnosis (Donatella Tomaiuoli, Martina De Meis and Biancamaria Venuti)
 Differential diagnosis and evaluation of the stuttering patient (Anna Accornero, Simona Bernardini and Luisella Cocco)
 Aetiology of stuttering I: relationship between aetiology and stuttering, clinical sub-types, risk factors (Donatella Tomaiuoli and Biancamaria Venuti)
     Aetiology of stuttering II: theories on a malfunctioning of the central nervous system in people who stutter (Donatella Tomaiuoli and Biancamaria Venuti)
     Evidence of neurophysiological anomalies in the phono-articulatory apparatus and in the non-verbal motor area (Donatella Tomaiuoli and Biancamaria Venuti)
     Psycholinguistic and phonetic theories on stuttering (Claudio Zmarich)
Psychological and multifactorial theories on stuttering (Donatella Tomaiuoli and Biancamaria Venuti)
     Possible psychological developments and experiences of people who stutter (Donatella Tomaiuoli, Simona Bernardini, Roberta Castiglione and Roberta Cioce)
     The role of the family and school in the life of people who stutter (Donatella Tomaiuoli and Biancamaria Venuti)

- Part two: Treating people who stutter
     Therapy for stuttering I: theories and a selection of intervention methods (Donatella Tomaiuoli, Biancamaria Venuti and Eleonora Pasqua)
     Therapy for stuttering II: integrated therapeutic approaches (Donatella Tomaiuoli, Roberta Cioce and Emilia Capparelli)
     Treating people who stutter: multidisciplinary evaluation (Donatella Tomaiuoli and Roberta Cioce)
Counselling and communicative aspects. Role, attitude and the communicative and counselling competences of the clinic in multidisciplinary treatments (Donatella Tomaiuoli and Paola Falcone)

- Part three: Intervention methodologies
Rehabilitation of the stuttering patient at pre-school age (Donatella Tomaiuoli, Maria Grazia Spinetti, Silvia Izzo and Michela Battisti)
 Rehabilitation of the stuttering patient at school age, in adolescence and in adulthood (Donatella Tomaiuoli, Francesca Del Gado, Manuela Calanca and Emilia Capparelli)
     The contribution of integrative activities, transfer activities and art-mediated activities in treating stuttering (Donatella Tomaiuoli, Biancamaria Venuti, Michela Battisti, Roberta Cioce, Matilde Maria Marulli, Martina Massini and Roberta Siddi)

The "Speech Therapy in childhood and adolescence" series

Edited by Luigi Marotta, in collaboration with the FLI – Federation of Italian Speech Therapists

A series for disseminating knowledge on interventions in developmental disorders using an evidence-based scientific approach.

It targets speech therapists but in actual fact is of interest to all those who work in rehabilitation, due to its inter-disciplinary spirit and multiprofessional approach.


The series, in light of cultural changes introduced by EBM, aims to include contributions from those who, through training and experience, are involved on a daily basis in speech therapy interventions in developmental disorders, as part of an inter-disciplinary team caring for these children. The intent is to offer a panorama of rehabilitation proposals for different development profiles, together with a general overview of the various problems, offering new insights or conceptual redefinitions, consolidated approaches or more original initiatives, supported by recognised, plausible models of theoretical reference.

All the books are characterised by an attempt to combine deliberation and enthusiasm, giving space both to contributions from leading clinicians who have been working in the field of developmental disorders for years and from young professionals who are passionately and enthusiastically building their own experiences.

The books are extremely practical in nature, with a presentation of diagnostic criteria, agreed assessment protocols, intervention techniques and clinical cases.

The approach is based on the «biopsychosocial» model, with close attention paid to the child as a person, and to the environment where they live, as well as to neuropsychological correlations.

The series «Speech therapy in childhood and adolescence» is and always will be open to contributions from all those who work with children and adolescents, as the composition of the Scientific Board proves, numbering, in addition to speech therapists of long-standing experience, up and coming young professionals and experts from other disciplines such as psychologists, child neuropsychiatrists, nose, ear and throat specialists and pedagogists.



Rehabilitation programmes

Rehabilitation intervention manuals, which are extremely practical in nature and always evidence based.


Over the last few years speech therapists' areas of interest within the field of developmental disorders have multiplied and changed, requiring ever more specialised competences. What is more, the number of children born in disadvantageous conditions is still high. These children manifest pathologies which can alter cognitive and neuropsychological development and can no longer simply be classified as what was once known as «cognitive deficit» (even mental retardation) or «language deficit» or «reading and writing disorder» etc. 

Instead these children manifest complex, differing pathologies, although in many cases with comorbidity among them: pathologies which go from specific language or learning disorders to memory and attention disorders, from the effects of connatal or acquired brain lesions, to those of other pathologies, like for example epilepsy or infections from HIV or from treatment with certain medicines.

So what are the best intervention practices, what assessment criteria for appropriacy, efficiency and effectiveness should be used and how should outcomes be measured? The terms appropriacy, good practice, effectiveness indicators, multiprofessional team and so on, are all used on a daily basis by rehabilitators, often mainly to make us feel better and demonstrate our ability to recognise the transformations that the Italian Health System has undergone in the last ten years.


Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) has revolutionised the scientific world, as much in practice as in theory. From self-referential medicine, based on the experience and trends of the luminaries, we have moved over to science where proof and scientific evidence count.

A revolution which certainly happened for economic reasons as well, but one that has profoundly changed both principles and tendencies in the complex world of rehabilitation. EBM is, in fact, a cultural movement which quickly spread at an international level, due to the many phenomena which marked the evolution of the methodology of clinical research and scientific information. One of its main objectives was to question the dogmas dictated by traditional models of medicine, liberating health workers from the authority of the opinion leaders, as was once the custom, and offering them the chance to independently and critically assess the quality and validity of their own clinical choices, using experimental and bibliographical data to decide.