Presenter: Mirla G. Raz, MEd, SLP
– R.M., prior course participant
This course will focus on identification of stuttering during the preschool years and how it differs from normal disfluencies in children 2-5 years of age. The focus will be on the role of the SLP in helping parents minimize their child's disfluencies. Different home environments will be discussed in their relation to stuttering as well as the impact that various events have on a young child's speech.
The presentation will include discussion of when to recommend fluency therapy, what should be in place for therapy to succeed, viewpoints and questions a SLP may encounter, and appropriate responses to these questions. This course focuses on home environments that result in more fluent communication. Course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 Contact Hours.
Also see the follow-up course #e178 which focuses on direct therapy methods for the treatment of stuttering in the preschool population.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:02:06
– A.M., prior course participant
The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"Practical tips for advising parents. The review of statistics was helpful. I liked the description of different types of household environments." A.G. (Nov. 2023)
"Easy to listen to presentation. Excellent refresher information on early stuttering." J.C. (Nov. 2023)
"I liked the if...then...examples and considering the home environment." E.B. (Oct. 2023)
"I liked the stuttering facts and how important it is to get parent involvement before direct therapy begins. I found it beneficial to have ideas on responding to parents' questions and concerns. I liked the concise, slow manner in which the speaker described aspects of stuttering as it pertains directly to preschool children. I appreciated learning how parenting styles impact a CWS's ability to regain fluency." J.M. (Oct. 2023)
"Realistic ideas of how to answer typical parent questions. The speaker was easy to listen to and learn from." A.V. (Aug. 2023)
"This course was organized and thorough. The percentages of disfluency incidence are helpful." A.S. (Aug. 2023)
"The suggestions given for parents of what to do and not do in response to stuttering were helpful. As well as speaking to the importance of indirect therapy rather than direct therapy." C.T. (Jul. 2023)
"Do's and dont's when counseling parents was a beneficial topic. I liked the course format." A.C. (May 2023)
"Discussing the different types of home environments and how they can affect fluency was beneficial. The presentation was easy to follow, concise, and included practical information." J.C. (May 2023)
"I appreciated references to the literature and suggestions on how to apply this to practice. I liked that this was a very clearly laid out presentation with frequent references to studies to back up the suggestions." L.P. (Apr. 2023)
"This content can be easily applied to practice with the clear examples given. I liked the detailed if, then scenarios on frequent questions that parents may ask." K.K. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked the advice to give to parents regarding the home environment." S.D. (Jan. 2023)
"Great recommendations. I loved the clarity and ease of course access." K.M. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the discussion on common parent questions and suggested SLP responses. I liked the course format." A.M. (Nov. 2022)
"I appreciated the whole course. All of the valuable information regarding CWS and the valuable suggestions/strategies for the family/home environment." M.B. (Nov. 2022)
"I loved the examples given and recommendations for each situation. Course was easy to follow and slides gave a lot of information you can go back to." A.C. (Oct. 2022)
"Presented up-to-date information about stuttering and how to treat it. Good suggestions to provide to families." C.O. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the specific answers that were given when parents have questions for the SLP. There were lots of great examples of changes that a parent can implement immediately within the home environment to help with increasing a child's fluency." A.M. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the explanations and information that can be provided to parents." M.M. (Oct. 2022)
"Clearly organized and a wealth of information. Questions that parents may ask was beneficial." A.D. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the course format and the parent scenarios." J.A. (Sept. 2022)
"The guidelines for parents was good information and I liked the basic overview of the course." M.P. (Sept. 2022)
"I will benefit from this information in my daily practice." A.L. (Aug. 2022)
"The course format was excellent!" M.M. (Jun. 2022)
"Efficient presentation. I liked the idea of modifying the child's daily schedule when "over-scheduled." A.K. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked all of it – clear suggestions & recommendations." L.A. (Mar. 2022)
"Easy to follow and helpful information. I liked the ways to help parents with home environment and also questions to ask parents upon receiving the referral." S.S. (Dec. 2021)
"Very functional recommendations. I liked the different family types and impact on fluency." J.F. (Dec. 2021)
"Clear outline of information to help parents – I liked the pace of the presentation." L.T. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked the practical information and tips provided – how to work with parents of a child who stutters." A.P. (Nov. 2021)
"Learning how to talk to parents and make suggestions on how to help their child. Learning the different questions that parents may ask and the answers." N.H. (Nov. 2021)
"I felt the part that explained the different types of home environments and how to suggest changes in those home environments was beneficial because as therapists we sometimes forget that speech changes occur when the parents are involved and also implementing strategies. I liked that she talked about making changes in the home to elicit more fluent speech in the child." J.R. (Oct. 2021)
"I loved how it went into the different home environments and talked about ways to best support those families." M.F. (Oct. 2021)
"How to discuss stuttering with parents and main points to focus on." O.D. (Sept. 2021)
"I appreciated the large list of scenarios and responses. I now feel better equipped to talk to parents." R.M. (Sept. 2021)
"I liked the organization of this presentation. Both the parenting styles and suggestions for indirect therapy are very insightful." B.H. (Jul. 2021)
"I liked hearing about PEED, it is a good way to inform the parent on how to talk with their child that stutters. The course was all good , it is a good review for those of us who have been out of college for a longer period of five years." G.G. (Jul. 2021)
"The "if-then" scenarios were good examples." A.D. (Jun. 2021)
"This course was exactly what I needed. I was perusing the website for a course on stuttering in the preschool years. Courses are usually directed at school age kids. I was so excited to find this one! It was all relevant and beneficial. This presentation was an excellent review for me." L.K. (May 2021)
"I liked the lists of items that can be helpful or hurtful for speech fluency. I liked that all information presented was concise and extremely relevant. I thought the course was wonderful!" L.F. (Apr. 2021)
"The information was very organized with a logical progression. I especially enjoyed the discussion on how to help the different parenting styles." K.H. (Mar. 2021)
"I like that the course takes you through the whole process. I especially enjoyed the questionnaire to parents." C.B. (Feb. 2021)
“I appreciated the importance of the family environment in which the child is exposed and how an SLP can help the parents to modify it for the benefit of their child with stuttering.” I.V. (Jan. 2021)
Mirla G. Raz, MEd, SLP, is a speech-language pathologist in private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ms. Raz has worked extensively with the pediatric population remediating speech sound disorders, language disorders, and stuttering. She is the author of the popular Help Me Talk Right Books, which include: How to Teach a Child to Say the "R" Sound in 15 Easy Lessons, How to Teach a Child to Say the "S" Sound in 15 Easy Lessons and How to Teach a Child to Say the "L" Sound in 15 Easy Lessons. The latest addition to the Help Me Talk Right series is Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do. Ms. Raz was a contributing author to the first and second editions of Children's Speech Sound Disorders. Her latest publication The Birds Sang Eulogies: A Memoir shares her parents incredible stories of survival and how that’s affected three generations. Ms. Raz also presents workshops on stuttering, phonological and language disorders.
Financial — Mirla G. Raz is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Mirla G. Raz is an author of "Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do" published by Gersten Weitz Publishers; has ownership interests.
Nonfinancial — Mirla G. Raz has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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