Treating Stuttering in Young Children: Working with Families

presented by J. Scott Yaruss

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Treatment for young children who stutter can involve strategies for working with families (to create a fluency-facilitating environment) and strategies for working directly with the child (to help the child improve speech fluency). This course will provide an overview of strategies for working with families. The goals of the early stages of treatment are to help parents identify and minimize factors in the child’s environment that may affect speech fluency, while simultaneously working to ensure that a child develops healthy, appropriate attitudes toward communication.

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.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. A family-focused treatment approach for young children who stutter

    1. A family-focused treatment approach for young children who stutter

    Chapter 1 will provide an overview of a comprehensive approach to treatment for young children who stutter, which includes both parent-focused components and child-focused components. The parent-focused components will be addressed in this course (part 2); child-focused components will be address in part 3

  2. Helping parents create a fluency-facilitating environment

    2. Helping parents create a fluency-facilitating environment

    Chapter 2 will include a detailed description of the parent-focused components of the family-focused treatment program.

  3. Helping parents help their children develop healthy, appropriate communication attitudes

    3. Helping parents help their children develop healthy, appropriate communication attitudes

    Chapter 3 will include a detailed description of how parents can help their children develop healthy, appropriate attitudes toward their speech and communication abilities.