Minimizing Bullying: Working with the Child Who Stutters

presented by J. Scott Yaruss

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Part one of this two-part course will describe strategies for helping to insulate the child who stutters from the effects of bullying. These strategies include desensitization to stuttering and desensitization to bullying in preparation for learning how to respond effectively to bullying to reduce the likelihood of further bullying. Part one focuses on the process of helping children who stutter become less affected when bullied by other children. Desensitization to stuttering and bullying, and learning appropriate responses to bullying, can help to insulate children so bullying is less likely to affect them.

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. What is Bullying?

    1. What is Bullying?

    Chapter one will describe the problem of bullying and explore why how it affects children who stutter, including looking at who is involved in bullying and how it affects children.

  2. Helping Children Cope With Stuttering and Bullying

    2. Helping Children Cope With Stuttering and Bullying

    Chapter two will describe the process of desensitizing children to stuttering so they will be better able to withstand the negative comments of bullies.

  3. Helping Children Respond To Bullying

    3. Helping Children Respond To Bullying

    Chapter three will describe strategies for helping children who stutter respond to bullying in ways that can reduce further bullying behavior.