Books by Dr. Ron Webster

New Perspectives on Stuttering and Treatment

 

From Stuttering to Fluent Speech, 
6,300 Cases Later: Unlocking Muscle Mischief

 

​​​​Dr. Webster's compelling book about stuttering is written for people who stutter, parents of children who stutter, and speech-language professionals. This "must read" dispels the myths and misinformation that surround the disorder - and takes readers on a captivating journey into stuttering. 

 

​As each chapter unfolds, Dr. Webster provides new perspectives into this unusual human condition, based on his extensive research and experience with thousands of stuttering cases. Readers will learn about new discoveries, technological advancements, and how his scientifically based treatment approach transforms lives through fluency.

 

From Stuttering to Fluent Speech, 6,300 Cases Later: Unlocking Muscle Mischief offers new insights, hope and answers to help make fluency a life-long reality for people who stutter.  For more information about this fascinating read, click here.

 

 

Children's Book​​

Katie: The Little Girl Who Stuttered and Then Learned to Speak Fluently

This is an engaging, true story about a smart, vivacious young girl who wants to overcome her stuttering and speak fluently. Katie’s stuttered speech causes her daily frustration and embarrassment. The way she talks inhibits her ability to freely share her thoughts and feelings, while she endures teasing from other children. The only time she finds solace is when she escapes to a nearby park where she loves to play hide and seek. ​

Yet, this all changes when Katie and her mother learn about a special stuttering

treatment that is based on science. Katie’s journey to fluency is recounted in this

unforgettable, non-fiction book that is designed for children between the ages

of three and seven to read with their parents.
 
Beautifully illustrated, the story reveals how Katie learns new ways of using her speech muscles to talk without stuttering. It also shows how her life is transformed with her new-found speaking ability­. This book helps children who stutter understand there is help available and they aren’t alone. It also encourages kids who do not stutter to be kind and accepting of those who do. Moreover, the story dispels misconceptions about stuttering and how it should be treated. ​

Katie: The Little Girl Who Stuttered and Then Learned to Talk Fluently achieves the ultimate goal of a children’s book – to entertain and teach in equal measure. Katie’s remarkable character will stay with you long after you’ve closed this heartwarming, insightful book.

 

Published Articles and Book Chapters

King, J. A., Webster, R. L., & Deshaies, J.  (1963). Age of weaning in two subspecies of deer mice, Peromyscus maniculatus, Science, 139, 483-484.

King, J. A., Webster, R. L., & Hart, F.  (1963). Duration of mother-young body contact in two subspecies of neonatal deer mice, Peromyscus maniculatus.  In Rheingold, H. (Ed.) Maternal Behavior in Mammals (Ch. 2),  New York:  Wiley & Sons.

Webster, R. L., & Weingold, H.  (1963). Reinforcing properties of selected Rorschach cards: a methodological study.  Perceptual and Motor Skills, 17, 655-658.

Weingold, H., & Webster, R. L.  (1964). The effect of punishment upon cooperative operant behavior in children.  Child Development,  35, 1211-1216.

Hoffeld, D., & Webster, R. L.  (1964). Effect of altered likelihood values upon information use.  Psychological Reports, 15, 79-82.

Hoffeld, D., & Webster, R. L.  (1965). The influence of prenatal administration of tranquilizing drugs upon learning behavior in adult albino rats.  Nature,  205, 1070-1074

Webster, R. L.  (1967). Postnatal weight and behavior changes as a function of components of prenatal maternal injection procedures.  Psychonomic Science, 7, 191-192.

Webster, R. L.  (1967) Observations of teaching experimental psychology at a women's college.  APA Newsletter, Division 2, March.

Hoffeld, D., Webster, R. L., & McNew, J.  (1967). Adverse effects on offspring of tranquilizing drugs during pregnancy.  Nature, 215, 182-183.

Hoffeld, D., Webster, R. L., & McNew, J.  (1968). Effect of tranquilizing drugs during pregnancy on activity of offspring.  Nature, 218, 257-358

Webster, R. L., & Lubker, B. B.  (1968). Masking of auditory feedback in stutterers' speech.  Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 11, 221-222.

Webster, R. L., & Lubker, B. B.  (1968). Interrelationships among fluency producing variables in stuttered speech.  Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 11, 754-766.

Webster, R. L.  (1968). Effects of stutterers' self-monitoring on retention of fluency generated by delayed auditory feedback.  U. S. Office of Education Research Project Report #7-8290, 67 pages.

Webster, R. L.  (1969). Selective suppression of infants' vocal responses by classes of phonemic stimulation.  Developmental Psychology, 1, 410-414.

Webster, R. L., Schumacher, S. J. & Lubker, B. B.  (1970). Changes in stuttering frequency as a function of various intervals of delayed auditory feedback.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 75, 45-49.

Webster, R. L., & Dorman, M. F.  (1970). Decreases in stuttering frequency as a function of continuous and contingent forms of auditory masking.  Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 13, 82-86.

Webster, R. L.  (1970). Stuttering: A way to eliminate it and a way to explain it.  In Ulrich, R., Stachnik, T., and Mabry, Jr. (Eds.), Control of Human Behavior (pp.157-160), Vol. 2.  Glenview, Illinois: Scott, Foresman,

Webster, R. L., & Dorman, M. F.  (1971). Changes in reliance on auditory feedback cues as a function of oral practice.  Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 14, 307-311.

Stewart, R., Carrico, C., Steinhardt, R., & Webster, R. L.  (1971). Physiochemical stereospecificity in taste perception of alpha -D- mannose and beta -D- mannose.  Nature,  234, 220.

Webster, R. L., Steinhardt, M. H., & Senter, M. G.  (1972). Changes in infants' vocalizations as a function of differential acoustic stimulation.  Developmental Psychology, 7, 39-43.

Woods, P. J., Webster, R. L., & Clayton, L. T.  (1972). Behavioral monitoring in the federal reformatory for women.  The Journal Supplement Abstract Service (APA),  2, 26-27.

Webster, R. L., & Steinhardt, M. H.  (1972). Acoustic factors in infant vocal behavior, Volumes I and II.  Final Report (5-R01-HD-02739), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 150 pages.

Webster, R. L.  (1972). An operant response shaping program for the establishment of fluency in stutterers.  U. S. Office of Education, Research Progress Report, OEG-0-70-2718(607),  78 pages.

Webster, R. L.  (1974). A behavioral analysis of stuttering: Treatment and theory.  In Calhoun, Adams, and Mitchell (Eds.), Innovative Treatment Methods in Psychopathology (pp. 17-61), New York: John Wiley Co.

Webster, R. L.  (1974). Oral History of Psychology, interviewed by Professor T. S. Krawiec, Skidmore College, for tape-recorded series on distinguished psychologists, July.

Webster, R. L.  (1975). The Precision Fluency Shaping Program: Speech Reconstruction for Stutterers, Volumes I and II, Roanoke, Virginia: Communications Development Corporation.

Webster, R. L.  (1975). The Precision Fluency Shaping Program: Clinicians' Guide, Roanoke, Virginia: Communications Development Corporation.

Webster, R.L.  (1976). Critical parameters of clinical skills and training for clinicians who treat stuttering clients.  Journal of Childhood Communications Disorders, 8, 40-43.

Webster, R. L.  (1977).  Concept and theory in stuttering:  An insufficiency of empiricism.  In Rieber, R. (Ed.), The Problem of Stuttering: Theory and Therapy (pp. 65-71).  New York: Elsevier.

Webster, R. L.  (1977). A few observations on the manipulation of speech response characteristics in stutterers.  In Rieber, R. (Ed.), The Problem of Stuttering: Theory and Therapy (pp.73-76).  New York: Elsevier.

Webster, R.L.  (1977). The establishment of fluent speech through the functional relaxation of vocal movements in stutterers.  In F. J. McGuigan (Ed.), Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Tension Control.  Louisville.

Webster, R. L.  (1979). Empirical considerations regarding controversies in stuttering therapy.  In H. Gregory (Ed.), Controversies in Stuttering Therapy (pp.209-239).  Baltimore: University Park Press.

Kidd, K., Records, M., & Webster, R. L.  (1980). Familial stuttering patterns are not related to one measure of severity.  Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 23, 539-535

Webster, R. L.  ( 1980). Evolution of a target based stuttering therapy.  Journal of Fluency Disorders, 5, 303-320.

Webster, R. L.  (1980). The Precision Fluency Shaping Program: Speech Reconstruction for the Young Stutterer.  Roanoke, Virginia: Communications Development Corporation, Ltd.

Webster, R. L.  (1980). Clinician's Guide to the Precision Fluency Shaping Program for Children.  Roanoke, Virginia: Communications Development Corporation, Ltd.

Webster, R. L. (1980). Tension and stuttering:  establishment of fluent speech in stutterers.  In F. J. McGuigan, E. S. Sime, and J. M. Wallace (Eds.), Stress and Tension Control (pp. 197-206),  New York: Plenum.
 
Webster, R. L. (1981). Stuttering. In F. J. McGuigan, Calm Down: A Guide for Stress and Tension Control (pp. 123-129).  Englewood: Prentice Hall.

Webster, R. L. (1981). The Precision Fluency Shaping Program: Speech Reconstruction for Stutterers, Volumes I and II (2nd edition), Roanoke, Virginia: Communications Development Corporation, Ltd.

Webster, R. L. (1981) Clinician's Guide to the Precision Fluency Shaping Program (2nd edition), Roanoke, Virginia: Communications Development Corporation, Ltd.

Webster, R. L.  (1986). Stuttering therapy from a technological point of view.  In G. H. Shames and H. Rubin (Eds.), Stuttering Then and Now (pp. 407-414), Columbus: Charles E. Merrill.

Wilkins, C., Webster, R. L., & Morgan, B. T.  (1984). Cerebral lateralization of visual stimulus recognition in stutterers and fluent speakers.  Journal of Fluency Disorders, 9, 131-141.

Hurford, D. T., & Webster, R. L.  (1985).  Decreases in simple reaction time as a function of stutterers' participation in a behavioral therapy.  Journal of Fluency Disorders, 10, 301-310.

Webster, R. L., Morgan, B. T., & Canon, M. W.  (1987). Voice onset abruptness in stutterers before and after therapy, In H. Peter & W. Hulstijn (Eds.),  Speech Motor Dynamics in Stuttering (pp.295-305).  Springer Verlag: Vienna and New York.

Webster, R. L., and Stoeckel, C. M.  (1987).  The Precision Fluency Shaping Program: Speech Reconstruction for Stutterers, Volumes I and II (3rd ed.), Roanoke, Virginia:  Communications Development Corporation, Ltd.

Webster, R. L.  (1989). Fluency Master Procedures, Roanoke, Virginia:  Epic Corporation.

Webster, R. L.  (l990). Fluency enhancement in stutterers:  Advances in self-regulation through sensory augmentation.  In J. G. Carlson and A. R. Seifert, (Eds.),  International Perspectives in Self-Regulation and Health (pp.145-159).  New York and London: Plenum Press.

Webster, R. L.  (1991). Manipulation of Vocal Tone:  Implications for Stuttering.  In H. F. M. Peters, W. Hulstijn, & C. W. Starkweather (Eds.), Speech Motor Control and Stuttering (pp. 535-545).  Amsterdam, Oxford and New York:  Excerpta Medica.

Franken, M. C., Boves, L., Peters, H. F. M., & Webster, R. L. (1991). Prosodic features in the speech of post-therapy stutterers compared with the speech of nonstutterers. In H. F. M. Peters, W. Hulstijn, & C. W. Starkweather (Eds.), Speech Motor Control and Stuttering (pp. 527-534).  Amsterdam, Oxford and New York:  Excerptamedica.

Webster, R. L., & Stoeckel, C. M.  (1992). The Hollins Fluency System: Speech Reconstruction for Stutterers, Volumes I and II, Roanoke, Virginia:  Communications Development Corporation, Ltd.

Franken, M. C., Boves, L., Peters, H. F. M., & Webster, R. L.  (1992). Perceptual evaluation of speech before and after fluency shaping stuttering therapy.  Journal of Fluency Disorders, 38, 223-241.

Franken, M. C., Boves, L., Peters, H. F. M., & Webster, R. L.  (1995). Perceptual rating instrument for speech evaluation of stuttering treatment.  Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 38, 280-288.

Webster, R. L. (2004) The Hollins Fluency System: Speech Reconstruction for Stutterers (2nd ed.). Roanoke, Virginia: Hollins Communications Research Institute.

Webster, R. L. (2006) The Hollins Fluency System: Speech Reconstruction for Stutterers (3rd ed.). Roanoke, Virginia: Hollins Communications Research Institute.

Webster, R. L. (2012) Hollins Fluency System II: Advanced Speech Reconstruction for Stuttering. Roanoke, Virginia: Hollins Communications Research Institute.

 

Books and Articles

Dr. Ron Webster has written extensively about stuttering throughout his career. His work includes a compelling book on stuttering and treatment, a nonfiction children's storybook, and dozens of articles and chapters for other stuttering books and journals.

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