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.
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. . 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. for more information about Dr. Yaruss’s workshops.
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.
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.
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.
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.