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Treating Stuttering in Young Children: Working with Families

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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Treatment for young children who stutter can involve strategies for working with families (to create a fluency-facilitating environment) and strategies for working directly with the child (to help the child improve speech fluency). This course will provide an overview of strategies for working with families. The goals of the early stages of treatment are to help parents identify and minimize factors in the child’s environment that may affect speech fluency, while simultaneously working to ensure that a child develops healthy, appropriate attitudes toward communication. This is part two in a three-part series on working with young children who stutter.

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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. A family-focused treatment approach for young children who stutter

Chapter 1 will provide an overview of a comprehensive approach to treatment for young children who stutter, which includes both parent-focused components and child-focused components. The parent-focused components will be addressed in this course (part 2); child-focused components will be address in part 3

2. Helping parents create a fluency-facilitating environment

Chapter 2 will include a detailed description of the parent-focused components of the family-focused treatment program.

3. Helping parents help their children develop healthy, appropriate communication attitudes

Chapter 3 will include a detailed description of how parents can help their children develop healthy, appropriate attitudes toward their speech and communication abilities.

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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.

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Many children experience improvements in their speech fluency simply through changes that parents might make to create a fluency-facilitating environment. Some children, however, need additional therapy that focuses more directly on their speech development in order to further enhance their fluency. This is part three of a three-part series on young children who stutter, which will include a description of the more direct aspects of speech therapy.

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