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Interventions for Early Childhood & School-Age Stuttering

Enhance your skills for helping people who stutter improve their speech fluency, their overall communication, and their lives as a whole.

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About this Certificate Program

Although many clinicians are uncomfortable with stuttering, you can master your fears about working with people who stutter! This certificate program includes a comprehensive set of courses designed to help you treat preschoolers, school-age children, and adolescents who stutter. Key topics include conducting targeted assessment of speech behaviors and the impact of stuttering on people’s lives; making appropriate treatment recommendations and setting meaningful, measurable, and objective goals; and developing individualized treatment activities that address all aspects of the stuttering disorder. Special topics include reducing negative reactions to stuttering and minimizing bullying of children who stutter.

Target Audience

Speech-language pathologists in private practice, schools, and outpatient settings who work with children and teens ages 2 to 18.

Goals & Objectives

  • Describe the components of a comprehensive evaluation for preschoolers, school-age children, and adolescents who stutter
  • Make appropriate treatment recommendations based on current evidence about who needs treatment and when
  • Develop meaningful treatment goals that address each client’s individual needs in therapy
  • Describe methods for minimizing bullying of children who stutter
  • Conduct individualized treatment that helps people who stutter improve their communication and reduce the impact of stuttering on their lives

What's Included in the Certificate Program

Courses
Accredited Online Courses*

18 hours of online video lectures and patient demonstrations.

Courses
Case Study Interviews

Recorded Q&A sessions between instructors and practice managers.

Courses
Interactive Learning Assessments

Case-based quizzes to evaluate and improve clinical reasoning.

Section 1: Stuttering Measurement Skills

2 Chapters

Issues in the Measurement of Stutteringkeyboard_arrow_down

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Measuring the Entire Stuttering Disorderkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Real-Time AnalysisChapter 1

    The first chapter in this course provides an overview of the process of counting stuttering behaviors. Participants will learn to differentiate between stuttered types of disfluencies and non-stuttered types of disfluencies.

  • Real-Time Analysis of Speech DisfluenciesChapter 2

    In Chapter Two, Dr. Yaruss addresses the question of what behaviors to count and how to classify them. He demonstrates the ability to count disfluencies in a speech sample and explains the value of making real-time measures of speech disfluencies.

  • Real-Time Analysis of Spontaneous SpeechChapter 3

    Chapter Three covers real-time analysis of spontaneous speech. The participant will improve their speed at marking fluent words and at deciding what words are disfluent and what types of disfluencies they are.

  • ReliabilityChapter 4

    In the final chapter of this course, Dr. Yaruss demonstrates how to train the reliability of measurements. He presents tolerance an interactive Tolerance Check and outline steps for checking your reliability.

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Section 2: Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy

3 Chapters

Evaluating Stuttering in Young Childrenkeyboard_arrow_down

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Treating Stuttering in Young Children: Working with Familieskeyboard_arrow_down

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Speech Therapy to Treat Stuttering in the Young Childkeyboard_arrow_down

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Section 3: School-Age Stuttering Therapy

3 Chapters

Evaluating Stuttering in School-Age Childrenkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • School-Age Stuttering Therapy: An OverviewChapter 1

    Chapter 1 will describe the nature of stuttering in school-age children. The chapter will specifically focus on the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning Disability, and Health (ICF) as it applies to the stuttering disorder. The primary message will be that speech-language pathologists need to consider more than just observable speech fluency when working with those who stutter.

  • Conducting a Comprehensive EvaluationChapter 2

    Chapter 2 will provide an overview of the process of evaluating stuttering in school-age children. This involves following the components of the ICF model to ensure that the entire disorder is considered. Thus, the evaluation will examine observable speech disfluencies (impairment), reactions to stuttering by the child and environment (context), and adverse impact of stuttering (activity limitation and participation restriction).

  • Making Treatment RecommendationsChapter 3

    Chapter 3 will discuss the process of making treatment recommendations, including a consideration of which children are ready for treatment and which may need more time before they are ready to benefit from intervention. It will be argued that children who are not ready should not be forced into stuttering therapy and that clinicians should take care to prepare students carefully to ensure that they achieve the greatest possible success in therapy.

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Setting A Foundation For Therapy & Packing The Stuttering Toolboxkeyboard_arrow_down

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Addressing the Reactions of the Child and the Environmentkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Addressing the Stuttering “Iceberg”Chapter 1

    Not surprisingly, many children who stutter feel bad about their speaking difficulties. Chapter one will discuss the negative reactions that children who stutter are likely to experience within themselves as a result of stuttering. These strategies will help children come to terms with the fact that they stutter so they will be less likely to feel bad about the fact that their speech is different.

  • No Child Is an IslandChapter 2

    Children who stutter live in an environment that does not understand stuttering. Chapter two will describe strategies for educating parents, teachers, and peers about stuttering so they will be less likely to react negatively to the fact that the child stutters.

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Section 4: Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter

2 Chapters

Minimizing Bullying: Working with the Child Who Stutterskeyboard_arrow_down

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Minimizing Bullying: Working With the Environmentkeyboard_arrow_down

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Instructors
J. Scott Yaruss

PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA

CEU Approved

18 total hours* of accredited coursework.
MedBridge accredits each course individually so you can earn CEUs as you progress.

      Our clinic could not be happier with MedBridge.

Amy Lee, MPT, OCS
Physical Therapy Central

       MedBridge has allowed us to create a culture of learning that we were previously unable to attain with traditional coursework.

Zach Steele, PT, DPT, OCS
Outpatient Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services

    MedBridge has created a cost-effective and quality platform that is the future of online education.

Grant R. Koster, PT, ATC, FACHE
Vice President of Clinical Operations, Athletico Physical Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get CEU credit?
Each course is individually accredited. Please check each course for your state and discipline. You can receive CEU credit after each course is completed.

When do I get my certificate?
You will receive accredited certificates of completion for each course as you complete them. Once you have completed the entire Certificate Program you will receive your certificate for the program.

*Accreditation Hours
Each course is individually accredited and exact hours will vary by state and discipline. Check each course for specific accreditation for your license.

Do I have to complete the courses in order?
It is not required that you complete the courses in order. Each Certificate Program's content is built to be completed sequentially but it is not forced to be completed this way.

How long do I have access to the Certificate Program?
You will have access to this Certificate Program for as long as you are a subscriber. Your initial subscription will last for one year from the date you purchase.

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