I want to begin by thanking my clients and my students, who—over the last 6 decades—let me help them learn about the nature and treatment of stuttering. As much I as I may have taught them, they have taught me. Thank you also to my colleagues at the University of Vermont and around the world who were invaluable in helping me understand research, treatment, and the goodness of other people. Huge applause for my friends and editors at Wolters Kluwer. These heroes include Amy Millholen, Senior Development Editor, and Varshaanaa Muralidharan, Editorial Coordi nator, who have been generous with their time, endlessly patient, and deeply insightful. Lindsey Porambo, Acquisitions Editor, has been most benevolent in supporting this sixth edition, as well as responsive to issues that have come up as I have worked on this textbook. I would like also to bestow great thanks to all the staff at Wolters Kluwer who have taken this book through its many stages of production. Immeasurable thanks to Bot Roda, a gifted illustrator, who has the ability to transform my scrap art into vivid compositions that more than capture what I want to convey to the reader! He is amazing! Many thanks to Lydia Sack—a former student and now a full-fledged stuttering thera pist—for developing new quiz questions for Lippincott Connect and for creating an entirely new feature: Suggested Answers to Study Questions at the end of each chapter, for teachers to use with their classes. And thanks to Lydia and to Danra Kazenski for their very valuable help with many other digital assets on the website. In this sixth edition, we are indeed fortunate to welcome Naomi Rodgers who has writ ten an outstanding new chapter on Treatment of Adolescents who Stutter: Advanced Stut tering. She is internationally known as an expert in working with this sometimes puzzling and always entertaining group of individuals who stutter. As in each of the preceding five editions, Rebecca McCauley and Charles Barasch have given their valuable time and energy to reading every word and every punctuation mark of every chapter and suggesting changes that have made this edition sing. I also thank my Tibetian Terrier, Deano (named after the famous Dr. Dean Williams), who has taken me on many walks and nuzzled my face to keep me happy and healthy. And finally, I am endlessly indebted to my wife, Carroll, who has used her many talents to find, organize, and attach more than a thousand references—many of them hot off the press—for this edition. Moreover, she has managed the permissions, videos, and my time, allowing us to break a bottle of champagne over the bow of this sixth edition.

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