Presenter: J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA
– L.A., prior course participant
Stuttering is a complicated disorder with a complicated history. Numerous theories about the cause of stuttering have been presented, and countless treatments have been advocated. One consequence of this proliferation of ideas is the fact that many speech-language pathologists feel uncertain with regard to their knowledge base and treatment skills for helping those who stutter. Lack of knowing which approach is "best" may lead clinicians to question if their therapy strategies are providing benefit for their clients.
Fortunately, the field has seen a growing consensus about etiology and intervention, so clinicians can feel more confident that the information they provide is consistent with current views. This workshop will provide a survey of those views, as well as a comprehensive model of the disorder that can be used to guide both the assessment and treatment process. The goal of this course is to help speech-language pathologists feel more comfortable and more confident in their ability to help individuals who stutter.
Course is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs – 2.5 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:30:00
– N.P., 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.
"The emphasis on the big picture and life impact when discussing stuttering was beneficial. Very clear and well-organized course. The speaker is obviously very knowledgeable." M.L. (May 2023)
"I liked the overview and the ease of learning this material." D.G. (May 2023)
"Stuttering assessment and treatment. Very detailed and thorough presentation." A.R. (May 2023)
"Good general overview. Dr. Yaruss was very engaging and easy to listen to!" K.P. (May 2023)
"Great content, well organized and clearly presented. I feel the emotions behind stuttering for my students needs to be addressed and explored further. They are moving to a stage and age when these discussions need to happen, and I feel more comfortable now addressing it after this course." L.W. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked this holistic approach." A.R. (Feb. 2023)
"Great course. I liked the information about stuttering disorder versus stuttering behavior." S.G. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the ICF framework information and the real-life application suggestions." K.M. (Dec. 2022)
"The concept of behavior vs disorder was very revealing. The idea of "loss of control" was impactful. I liked the ability to rewind and listen to information a second time to grasp the concept." J.L. (Dec. 2022)
"Simple and effective techniques described. Assurance that it's okay to talk about stuttering with the client." J.A. (Nov. 2022)
"Very clear, easy to follow, the speaker is not boring!" A.M. (Nov. 2022)
"The speaker was very well-spoken and presented information in an easy-to-learn manner." R.J. (Nov. 2022)
"I appreciated the discussion of factors that contribute to the prognosis for preschoolers becoming fluent communicators. I also appreciated the recommendations for explaining those choices to parents." J.W. (Oct. 2022)
"I especially liked the discussion of risk factors. Everything was very clearly presented. It is helpful to be aware of the most current research regarding stuttering." R.W. (Oct. 2022)
"I appreciated the presenter's emphasis on treating all aspects of stuttering, not just what a stutter sounds like. Course was well organized and presented clearly." C.M. (Sept. 2022)
"I appreciated the review of the various preschool risk factors that make it less likely for recovery to occur. I also found it interesting that initial severity does not act as an indicator for chronicity." A.M. (Sept. 2022)
"There were several topics and discussions that I found most beneficial during this session. For example, the targeted treatment, the review of ASHA Scope of Practice, key ICF concepts, and the WHO's ICF Framework applied to stuttering." J.F. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the incorporation of the ICF format. Scott was very knowledgeable and easy to listen to." K.S. (Aug. 2022)
"Scott Yaruss is very thorough and I can relate to him very well. I liked the review of current concepts and guidance for interventions." L.B. (Aug. 2022)
"Dr. Yaruss's practical discussion of the causes of stuttering and statements on the goals for speech-language pathologists to follow given the ICF model during treatment was beneficial. Also, I liked his presentation on neurological changes that have been noted in individuals who stutter." P.B. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked the concept of taking all aspects of the child's life into consideration when planning therapy and approaches to best help individual students." A.A. (June 2022)
"This course was very organized and the instructor was easy to listen to. I really liked his description of the scope of the disorder, and the holistic approach. I appreciated the explanation of the disorder including more than the frequency/severity of disfluencies, and also really liked the options for evaluation." C.M. (June 2022)
"Fabulous speaker - very easy to learn from. I liked the assessment and preschool stuttering outcomes." C.M. (June 2022)
"This course was a concise yet thorough update on current ideas and knowledge of where research is going. It was a good overview that we need multiple approaches to treat this complex disorder." A.A. (June 2022)
"Easy to understand and follow with great information." M.C. (June 2022)
"I enjoyed the sections on the cause of stuttering, and assessing children with their motor and language skills to help make a treatment diagnosis." A.A. (Mar. 2022)
"It was beneficial learning to treat a student in all aspects of life, not just the behavioral parts of stuttering." A.A. (Mar. 2022)
"Thorough definitions and explanations and applicable approaches to treatment. Comprehensive language / approaches to working with patients who stutter." M.C. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the treatment of adverse impacts." K.M. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked that this course reviewed assessment strategies, what stuttering is, and risk factors." J.D. (Jan. 2022)
"He gave a lot of background information and current research that was helpful." C.S. (Dec. 2021)
"This discussion was helpful to understand the thinking about the behaviors vs. the disorder. This online course was very clear with great examples! I also appreciated having the ability to print out the slides so I can refer to them easily when I need to in the future." C.B. (Dec. 2021)
"The topic I found most beneficial for my daily practice would be focusing on more than just teaching strategies and techniques to students who stutter. It is also important to reduce the adverse affects of stuttering on their lives. The presenter was great." J.D. (Dec. 2021)
"The entire course was amazing and will help me in my work!" G.J. (Nov. 2021)
"I found the ICF framework very interesting. I never looked at that aspect of assessment that way before. I never looked at how to incorporate the speakers emotional impact with the behavioral aspect. Mr. Yaruss was very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. He brought up many of his experiences." N.H. (Nov. 2021)
"The IFC framework and thinking about the surface versus deeper components of stuttering. I liked being able to stop and go as I needed." A.R. (Nov. 2021)
"I especially appreciated the importance of supporting parents even when the child's level of need may not have been as great - this rings true and speaks to the experience of the speaker. It covered exactly what I wanted to learn, exactly as promised/outlined." L.B. (Nov. 2021)
"I rarely have clients who stutter at the Long Term Care facility where I work, however, at this point in their lives, the impact of making their needs known quickly and effectively is important to their comfort and health, since most are completely dependent on staff. Dr. Yaruss makes logical moves through the information, which are easy to follow and understand." G.S. (Sept. 2021)
“I enjoyed looking at stuttering through the ICF model; this provides a "whole picture" view of the disorder and is beneficial in planning evaluation and treatment.” L.M. (Aug. 2021)
"The material is easily accessible and related to preschoolers." M.G. (Jul. 2021)
"I liked the information on impact vs. severity and the different point of view." G.G. (Jul. 2021)
"Consideration of the impact of language differences, motor difference and reactivity differences are great topics discussed. I liked the examples the presenter provided in comparing the different components of speech as robots in an assembly line and the impact on speech fluency when one of them is not performing as it should. Treating the whole person-the impairment on the individual's life and not just the stuttering behavior." M.M. (Jun. 2021)
"I enjoyed learning more about all the factors that impact/contribute to dysfluencies and how they interact with one another. His description of all that goes into speaking and that a break down in one of those pieces lead to a stutter moment was important. I like how he talks about the whole disorder and the multifaceted nature of stuttering." S.H. (Jun. 2021)
“It's hard to say what I liked best. I think every area that was covered in the course provided such a wealth of comprehensive, practical, and functional information. As a clinician, each component covered will further my skills in the assessment and treatment of stuttering.” L.A. (Mar. 2021)
“It was very beneficial to see stuttering from a different perspective. I need to remember that my job is to help improve my client's quality of life. That means that it may be different from one student who stutters to another. I loved the way that Dr. Yaruss gave multiple examples of what he meant.” N.P. (Feb. 2021)
J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of stuttering across the lifespan. His research focuses on factors affecting the development of speech fluency and stuttering, as well as on the evaluation of stuttering treatment outcomes. He was an Associate Professor of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh for 19 years and is now a Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. He is the author or coauthor of nearly 70 peer-reviewed publications, as well as more than 115 other articles, chapters, or books on stuttering. In particular, he is the co-author of the Overall Assessment of the Speaker’s Experience of Stuttering (OASES), as well as School-Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, and the Minimizing Bullying program (all available from Stuttering Therapy Resources). Dr. Yaruss has given more than 450 continuing education workshops around the world, all designed to help speech-language pathologists feel more comfortable and more confident in their ability to help individuals who stutter.
Financial — J. Scott Yaruss is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — J. Scott Yaruss has intellectual property rights and an ownership interest in Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc.; he also receives royalties and honoraria.
Nonfinancial — J. Scott Yaruss is a volunteer for the National Stuttering Association; he receives no compensation in this role.
This program is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
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During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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