Evaluating Stuttering in Young Children

presented by J. Scott Yaruss

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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 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. To complete the MedBridge certificate on stuttering, click here.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Early Childhood Stuttering: An Overview

    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

    2. Conducting a Comprehensive Evaluation

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

  3. Making Treatment Recommendations

    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.