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Measuring the Entire Stuttering Disorder

presented by J. Scott Yaruss

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

Non-Financial: Scott Yaruss has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.

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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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.

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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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Real-Time Analysis

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.

2. Real-Time Analysis of Speech Disfluencies

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.

3. Real-Time Analysis of Spontaneous Speech

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.

4. Reliability

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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Issues in the Measurement of Stuttering

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

Issues in the Measurement of Stuttering

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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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