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J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA

J. Scott Yaruss Instructor Bio:
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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J. Scott Yaruss's Continuing Education Courses

Understanding Counseling and the Process of Change

Understanding Counseling and the Process of Change

Speech-language pathologists who work with individuals who stutter do more than simply teach speech techniques. Because of the complexity of the stuttering disorder, therapists often find themselves addressing both attitudinal and emotional… Read Morearrow_right

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Skills for Helping Clients Succeed in Therapy

Skills for Helping Clients Succeed in Therapy

Understanding the process of change provides clinicians with a strong foundation for guiding their clients through therapy. Knowing this big picture is not sufficient, however, because clinicians must also become experienced in using specific… Read Morearrow_right

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Counseling Skills: Using the Skilled Helper Model

Counseling Skills: Using the Skilled Helper Model

Successful therapy involves more than just a series of good sessions, the clinician saying the “right thing,” or the client feeling good about the process. In truth, the best metric of the success of a counseling interaction is whether… Read Morearrow_right

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Issues in the Measurement of Stuttering

Issues in the Measurement of Stuttering

Appropriate evaluation and successful treatment of stuttering requires valid and reliable measurement of both the stuttering behavior and the broader experiences that people who stutter may face in their lives. Unfortunately, research has… Read Morearrow_right

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Measuring the Entire Stuttering Disorder

Measuring the Entire Stuttering Disorder

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… Read Morearrow_right

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Evaluating Stuttering in Young Children

Evaluating Stuttering in Young Children

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… Read Morearrow_right

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Treating Stuttering in Young Children: Working with Families

Treating Stuttering in Young Children: Working with Families

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… Read Morearrow_right

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Speech Therapy to Treat Stuttering in the Young Child

Speech Therapy to Treat Stuttering in the Young Child

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… Read Morearrow_right

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Minimizing Bullying: Working with the Child Who Stutters

Minimizing Bullying: Working with the Child Who Stutters

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… Read Morearrow_right

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Evaluating Stuttering in School-Age Children

Evaluating Stuttering in School-Age Children

Many speech-language pathologists express that they are uncomfortable evaluating and treating school-age children who stutter. Part one of this three-part course is designed to help clinicians learn more about the nature of stuttering… Read Morearrow_right

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Setting A Foundation For Therapy & Packing The Stuttering Toolbox

Setting A Foundation For Therapy & Packing The Stuttering Toolbox

Treatment for school-age children who stutter can involve strategies for modifying the impairment (that is, the observable disruptions in speech). Before introducing these strategies, however, clinicians should first lay a strong foundation… Read Morearrow_right

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Addressing the Reactions of the Child and the Environment

Addressing the Reactions of the Child and the Environment

Children who stutter are likely to experience negative reactions to their speaking difficulties—both within themselves and within their environment. Part three of this course will address these negative reactions to help children cope… Read Morearrow_right

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