Doreen Lenz Holte

Doreen Lenz Holte
Doreen Lenz Holte
Voice Unearthed: Hope, Help, and a Wake-Up Call for the Parents of Children Who Stutter
The primary message young children get in stuttering therapy is that they can and should manage their speech – in other words, try to not stutter – by utilizing speech tools and techniques. Is it possible that the anxiety this causes can create an even greater burden? Can that burden lead to excessive silence and disengagement – a far greater handicap than the stuttering itself?

Through personal narrative and extensive research, Voice Unearthed answers these questions with a resounding “yes!” It also includes practical guidance that helps keep children talking while minimizing everyone’s anxiety around communicating.

Voice Unearthed frees us from the pointless, painful chore of counting speech errors and reminds us to keep our eyes on what truly matters. It’s also a wake-up call for parents, professionals, and the entire field of speech therapy – and a reminder to “first do no harm.”
Golden Valley, MN, U.S.
Doreen (Dori) Lenz Holte is a professional writer who has spent the past 20 years providing communications and writing support to non-profit organizations. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and completed graduate course work at Hamline University. She spent six years engaged in therapy with her son, Eli, for stuttering, six more years researching this topic, and since then has become an advocate for parents and speech therapists all over the world, a resource for graduate school programs, and public speaker on this subject. She along with her husband, Peter, are the parents of three wonderful young adults, Abe, Adam, and Eli, and reside in Minneapolis, MN.
Keeping kids talking
The challenges of working with children who stutter within the public school system.
The short-comings and risks of evidence-based research and therapy for children who stutter.

“Keep them talking and engaged in the world around them.”
“If you have no enemies, you’ve never stood up for something you believe in.”