presented by J. Scott Yaruss
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.
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.
Chapter 1 will review strategies for helping children make changes to their speech fluency directly, e.g, by changing speech timing or speech tension.
Chapter 2 will provide an overview of strategies for helping children who stutter modify their speech timing in order to enhance their speech fluency
Chapter 3 will provide an overview of strategies for helping children who stutter modify their speech tension in order to enhance their speech fluency.