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Issues in the Measurement of Stuttering

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.

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Appropriate evaluation and successful treatment of stuttering requires valid and reliable measurement of both the stuttering behavior and the broader experiences that people who stutter may face in their lives. Unfortunately, research has shown that speech-language pathologists are often not consistent in their assessment of this condition. The purpose of this two-part series is to help clinicians develop the skills they need to evaluate stuttering. Part 1 of this two part series, Issues in the Measurement of Stuttering discusses several key issues that need to be considered in the measurement of stuttering (including factors affecting the counting of disfluencies and issues related to the broader stuttering disorder).

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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. The Value of Comprehensive Evaluation

Chapter One provides a justification for considering more than just speech behavior when evaluating individuals who stutter. Dr. Yaruss also introduces the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health and discusses how the framework can be used to understand stuttering.

2. Key Issues in Measuring Stuttering Behavior: Why and What

Chapter Two addresses the question of why accurate measurements of stuttering behaviors are important and highlights several decisions that clinicians need to make in preparing to measure stuttering.

3. Key Issues in Measuring Stuttering Behavior: Where and When

With practice, clinicians can learn to complete valid and reliable measures of the stuttering behaviors exhibited by their clients. In Chapter Three, Dr. Yaruss answers the question of how and when measures should be collected.

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Understanding the stuttering disorder requires more than a simple count of stuttering behaviors. Although a reliable and valid count of behavior may form the foundation for some aspects of clinical decision-making, a broader view of the entire condition is critical to planning individualized, yet comprehensive, therapy. This course, the second in a two-part series on the clinical measurement of stuttering, addresses other aspects of the stuttering disorder—in addition to the stuttering behavior itself—that clinicians will want to consider during assessment. Specific factors to be discussed include the speaker’s reactions to stuttering, the functional communication difficulties a speaker may experience as a result of stuttering, and the overall adverse impact that stuttering may have on the speaker’s quality of life.

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