About the Book
Melissa is a brave stuttering superhero who confronts a student who is interrupting her and finishing her sentences. Join Melissa as she goes on a journey trying to cure him of his interrupt-itis and see how she figures out how to stop him in the end.
Why this book was created
Kim Block is a person who stutters and she was volunteering to read a book to a class with a student who stuttered. When she couldn’t find a book on stuttering to read to the class, she decided she needed to write one herself, a few actually. They were so well received from parents, teachers, and Speech Language Pathologist that Kim decided to publish them. This book is the first in the series of books on stuttering adventures.
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About the Author
Kim Block is a person who stutters and started stuttering when she was 4 years old. Kim has done workshops, facilitated support groups, presented on stuttering in Ontario, Montreal, British Columbia and in the United States at stuttering conferences, schools, and Universities. In 2006 she was written about in the Burnaby Now and was interviewed on CBC radio for her fundraising efforts for a person who stutters in Africa. She was previously the President of the British Columbia Association of People who Stutter. She has now extended her advocacy for the stuttering community by writing a children’s book on stuttering.
Kim’s husband, David Block, is also a person who stutters who has taken on key leadership roles in the stuttering community for Canada. He was the Coordinator for the Canadian Stuttering Association, organized many conferences, presented workshops, and most recently was the treasure for the British Columbia Association of People who Stutter.
Both Kim and David have been active participants in the stuttering community and have close friendships with many people who stutter. They took on a new role as being a parent of a child who stutters when their daughter started stuttering, but due to the early intervention of the Lidcomb program, she no longer stutters.
Kim graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a BA in Human Relations, and Family Life Education. She also has a diploma as a Developmental Service Worker, and a Certificate in Human Resource Management. She has received awards for her academics in College and University. She is also fluent in American Sign Language.
Their family of 4, and their dog Kilo, live in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.