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Evaluating Stuttering in Young Children

presented by J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA

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Financial: Scott Yaruss receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.


Non-Financial: Scott Yaruss has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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The purpose of this 3-part course is to present a comprehensive approach to evaluating and treating young children who stutter. Part 1 of the course will begin with an overview of early childhood stuttering, followed by a discussion of the evaluation procedures required for determining whether a child is at risk for developing chronic stuttering (and therefore in need of treatment). Part 2 will continue with details about treatment focused on helping parents create an environment that fosters the child's development of increased speech fluency, healthy communication attitudes, and good communication skills. Part 3 will include a discussion of more direct strategies for helping the child enhance speech fluency. Participants will gain insights into how and why stuttering develops in some children, as well as specific techniques for helping to increase the likelihood that children will overcome stuttering and develop typical speech fluency.

Meet Your Instructor

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA, is a Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. A board-certified specialist in fluency disorders, Dr. Yaruss has served on the board of directors for the National Stuttering Association and as Associate Coordinator for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Special Interest Division for Fluency Disorders. His…

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1. Early Childhood Stuttering: An Overview

Chapter 1 will review the development of stuttering and discuss how clinicians can differentiate stuttering from typical disfluency.

2. Conducting a Comprehensive Evaluation

Chapter 2 will provide an overview of the process of evaluating stuttering.

3. Making Treatment Recommendations

Chapter 3 will discuss the process of making treatment recommendations, including a consideration of which children need treatment and which children may simply need monitoring and follow-up.

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