After five years of conventional speech therapy, nine-year-old Eli’s struggle with stuttering only got worse. He now not only stuttered, but turned his chin to his shoulder and growled in order to get out even a few words. Worse, he grew more silent with each passing day.

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Desperate for answers, his mother, writer Doreen Lenz Holte, began asking some essential questions: Where did most strategies for addressing stuttering come from? Was there really evidence to support these approaches? If so, why did so many children continue to struggle?