presented by J. Scott Yaruss
Children who stutter are likely to experience negative reactions to their speaking difficulties—both within themselves and within their environment. Part three of this course will address these negative reactions to help children cope effectively with stuttering and to create a supportive environment. Stuttering can be a challenging condition for school-age children. Still, there is much that speech-language pathologists can do to help children overcome the burden of their speaking difficulties. This is best achieved through a comprehensive approach to therapy, which involves more than just changes in speech fluency. Therapy addressing the child’s negative reactions as well as the reactions of those in the child’s environment can help to create a future in which the child is able to communicate freely and effectively, regardless of whether or how much he stutters. This is the true goal of stuttering therapy; this course is designed to help clinicians achieve this goal.
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 research examines factors that may contribute to the development of stuttering in young children as well as methods for assessing and evaluating treatment outcomes in children and adults who stutter. Dr. Yaruss has published nearly 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 100 other articles, papers, and chapters on stuttering. He is author, co-author, or editor of several booklets, books, and brochures on stuttering, including the Overall Assessment of the Speaker’s Experience of Stuttering (OASES), a comprehensive evaluation tool for children, adolescents, and adults who stutter; Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, School-Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, and Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter (all published by Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to developing useful resources for helping speech-language pathologists help people who stutter. Visit Stuttering Therapy Resources Dr. Yaruss has been named Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year by the National Stuttering Association and received the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Science Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Yaruss teaches classes on stuttering and counseling methods for speech-language pathologists and frequently conducts workshops designed to help speech-language pathologists improve their ability to work with individuals who stutter. Click here for more information about Dr. Yaruss’s workshops.
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.
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.