This presentation, which builds upon a prior presentation, #e153 Stuttering: Current Concepts and Guidelines for Intervention, details goals and procedures that speech-language pathologists can use to help school-age children, adolescents, and adults overcome the burden of stuttering. To aid speakers who stutter, this course presents specific strategies to:
Several treatment activities and techniques are presented throughout the course so clinicians will feel more comfortable and confident in their abilities to help those who stutter. This course covers all ages from school-age to adolescent to adults. Offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 contact hours.
Course Run Time: 2:11:19
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Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
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 a presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — J. Scott Yaruss has intellectual property rights and an ownership interest in Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc.; he also receives royalty payments and honoraria.
Nonfinancial — J. Scott Yaruss is a volunteer for the National Stuttering Association; he receives no compensation in this role.
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"I think this course will help me to improve my skills in my daily practice including the difference between behavioral and disorder stuttering and the treatment strategies." S.E. (Aug. 2021)
"The presenter went over several strategies that could be used in working with clients who stutter. The presenter was very engaging and gave lots of information and advise on how to do each strategy and also how to help support parents and teachers." A.V. (July 2021)
"I work in long term care and subacute rehab so rarely need to treat stuttering , however, I have graduate students in their medical practicum and they need to get fluency hours. This course will be invaluable for enhancing the students' experience. Very well organized and logical in format. Very good pace and every aspect was explained clearly. My own hesitancy toward taking on fluency clients was validated and desensitized." G.S. (July 2021)
"I enjoyed this course discussion. Implementing the timing/tension strategies, addressing personal/environmental reactions, educating teachers, and referring self-help organizations to parents will modify students with dysfluent speech behavior and improve their quality of life. The presenter provided information that will aid assessment and treatment. I like the presenter's reference use when defining stuttering, explaining current behavior vs disorder views, providing treatment approaches, and offering parent/teacher involvement." B.D. (July 2021)
"I found all topics helpful. This course provided information to help me better explain stuttering to both parents and teachers. Providing validation on timing and tension was also helpful. This course was concise--very well organized and presented. I liked the different exercises and appreciated the demonstrations on how to complete them. This course provided well-rounded information to address every aspect of stuttering." M.G. (May 2021)
“It was interesting how the techniques address fluency piece, plus the emotional piece and the desensitization of stuttering.” – S.H. (Mar. 2021)
“The wealth of useable, practical, up-to-date information presented in this course is impressive. The presenter guides us in how we should be thinking and holistically treating stuttering. I find his insight so very useful. It is so helpful to understand the reasoning and thinking that lies under specific fluency strategies and discussions. Thank you for this resource!” – S.L. (Feb. 2021)
“The speaker was easy to understand, nice pace, and relatable!” – B.S. (Jan. 2021)
“The wealth of useable, practical, up-to-date information presented in this course is impressive. The presenter guides us on how we should be thinking about and holistically treating stuttering, and I find his insight very useful. It is so helpful to understand the reasoning and thinking that lies under specific fluency strategies and discussions. Thank you for this resource!” – S.L. (Dec. 2020)
“I loved the way Dr. Yaruss presented the information relatively and understandably.” – L.M. (Oct. 2020)
“The topic that was the most beneficial for me was the treatment plan because it showed the importance of knowing what would work if there is timing or tension. I like the explanation of the techniques it was useful to know when and how they are applied.” – I.V. (Aug. 2020)
"Exploring stuttering and teaching the teacher were helpful discussions. I liked being able to pause or go back to re-listen to parts." – A.M. (May 2020)
"I appreciated the discussion related to Dr. Yaruss' application of the International Classification of Function (IFC) of stuttering to his treatment strategies. the IFC outline demonstrates the true complexity of stuttering. Another section that was most helpful addressed the ABC's (Affective, Behavior, Cognitive)of what the individual who stutters experiences both emotionally and behaviorally. The section related to treatment strategies was most helpful and enlightening. This course was very well organized. There were many areas that were addressed that clearly outlined the complexity of the stuttering disorder, as well as the professional responsibilities of the clinician. Furthermore, I found the diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to be most helpful." – A.B. (Apr. 2020)
"I loved the practical techniques which were listed for both fluency enhancement and stuttering modification. The ICF was new to me and I was glad to learn about it. He provided great ideas for treating the whole disorder, not just the obvious stuttering characteristics." – D.W.K. (Mar. 2020)
"This is the most comprehensive and meaningful and practical framework I have come across to date for fluency support. I now feel confident being a support to clients who stutter." – K.C. (Feb. 2020)
"I plan to incorporate many of the suggested therapy activities with my students. I really liked the speaker's use of examples throughout the course, which helped me understand the various strategies and how to use them appropriately. I also appreciate how the speaker tried to simplify and classify the primary treatment strategies as they relate to tension and timing." – J.M. (Jan. 2020)
"The specific activities described are very helpful. The discussion of timing and tension was also helpful. The course gave practice suggestions for activities that I can implement immediately." – L.S. (Nov. 2019)
"I liked that we received therapy suggestions and an explanation regarding why they would benefit the clients." – W.M. (Nov. 2019)
"The techniques to treat stuttering were especially helpful. I like the way the presenter organized the information and made it easy to understand since treating stuttering is so complex. I would have liked to see a video of a student in therapy utilizing the strategies/techniques that were discussed." – M.J. (Oct. 2019)
"I really enjoyed learning about exercises to use in therapy and the why behind those exercises. Very easy to understand and follow. I feel more knowledgeable in stuttering after taking this course. Will definitely refer to this course for future clients." – K.O. (Sept. 2019)
"The discussions on pseudostuttering and desensitizing exercises were most beneficial. I liked the encompassing involvement of client, teachers, community, and parents." – M.L. (Sept. 2019)
"I benefitted from learning about the importance of treating more than the behavioral aspects of stuttering. Dr. Yaruss explains everything well." – A.S. (Aug. 2019)
"I liked the examples of how to implement ideas into therapy with students as well as clear explanation on topics. I appreciated the breakdown and explanation of stuttering modification and fluency enhancing treatments and how they both can be used together." – C.J. (July 2019)
"Providing examples of the fluency strategies and justification for why they are important was most beneficial. I liked the course's focus on treating all aspects of the fluency disorder." – T.W. (June 2019)
"Relating to the ICF model throughout the presentation made it flow really well. I loved when giving specific treatment examples or analogies as it helps to relate to the broader ideas." – A.T. (May 2019)
"Well organized and easy to understand. Lots of ideas given for therapy activities/games that can be used right away. It was great; just the refresher I needed." – P.S. (Mar. 2019)
"I liked the detailed information for both fluency strategies and treatment of the stutter's affective and cognitive conditions." – M.M. (Feb. 2019)
"The presenter has a fantastic 'speaking voice,' including rate and prosody for what can often be boring (sorry, but true) audio presentations. There were no uncomfortable pauses or hesitations, which I find tend to lose me as a listener." – M.G. (Feb. 2019)
"I like how Scott breaks down the behaviour and disorder portion of the presentation. I liked his examples of activities he used to address the various aspects of stuttering. I liked the activities and how they can be modified." – L.M. (Jan. 2019)
"It was most beneficial to understand how to treat the timing and tension of stuttering behaviors. The presenter was very thorough and went into great detail about the different aspects of stuttering." – M.B. (Dec. 2018)
"Treatment for stuttering has always been a more difficult area because we were always taught to decrease the stutter and never really focused on the impact it has on quality of life or acceptance of who the child is. The slides and speaker were straightforward and did not sugar coat. It was very easy to listen to!" – C.H. (Dec. 2018)
"I enjoyed the positivity and optimism portrayed throughout this course in regards to the treatment of stuttering and outcomes of therapy." – M.C. (Nov. 2018)
"I found it beneficial to hear about how each of the treatment strategies was used and the many examples given for each. I like that it provided a lot of tools that I can immediately use in my practice." – A.N. (Oct. 2018)
"I loved every aspect of it! I thought it was very comprehensive, but it was not overwhelming. It is very achievable and painted clearly what our role as speech pathologists are treating the entire disorder. Overall, I love the idea of treating holistically the 'entire disorder.' " – H.G. (Aug. 2018)
"This presenter's ability to model the strategies that he was teaching about was WONDERFUL. This allowed his philosophy and his therapy strategies to 'come to life' and feel much more available to me as practicing clinician." – L.W. (June 2018)
"Going over the difference between the speech behavior portion and communication disorder portion of stuttering was very enlightening. The breakdown of these two parts of stuttering helped me gain a better understanding of how to assess both current and future students who struggle with stuttering. I liked the clarity and excellent examples that were provided to enhance comprehension of the topic." – A.C. (Apr. 2018)
"Treating the whole individual who stutters from the ICF framework and working with the whole individual rather than concentrating on trying to make them have fluent speech were the most beneficial discussions." – A.W.W. (Feb. 2018)
"I found all the definitions helpful. I also liked the organized format of this presentation. It was comprehensive, understandable, and very informative especially with providing direction for treatment/therapy. This course exceeded my expectations." – C.F. (Dec. 2017)
"All of it was beneficial. I found the course to be very informative. It was presented in such an organized manner. Very easy to follow. It will be very easy to take this information and use it quickly." – K.P. (Dec. 2017)
"The examples of bouncing, easy speech and other fluency strategies demonstrated by the presenter were helpful. I liked that the presenter reviewed all aspects of treatment of stuttering and not just addresses frequency of dysfluencies and obtaining fluent speech alone; the presenter was very knowledgeable of the subject matter and was very thorough in his discussion of each topic. I would have like to have seen live images of persons using fluency shaping / treatment techniques." – V.M. (Dec. 2017)
"I enjoyed the clear breakdown of behavior versus disorder and his specific strategies to work with clients and teach specific hierarchies of therapy activities and strategies." – J.D. (Nov. 2017)
"I appreciated his coverage of the true scope of the disorder and the need to treat the 'whole' client. Super organized, clear, detailed, really content strong. Dr. Yaruss is fabulous!" – L.M. (Nov. 2017)
"A very functional course. I feel as though I can use what I learned immediately and be a better therapist with my stuttering clients. The various treatment techniques were extremely helpful." – T.F. (Nov. 2017)
"Really appreciated his insight into the myriad of approaches being funneled into three basic things to do that touch on all of the important things to address. Good speaker, good information." – M.M. (Nov. 2017)
"I liked all of it - nice and informative presentation. I enjoyed the different techniques." – B.W. (Oct. 2017)
"I appreciated the organized method in which the strategies were presented. I liked the depth of detail." – C.K. (Oct. 2017)
"Excellent course." – J.S. (Aug. 2017)
"Excellent information!" – C.M. (July 2017)
"Wonderful Course – provides very useful information that can be applied immediately to treatment sessions. This is an excellent, well thought out and organized course that provides a wealth of information to SLPs who struggle with the treatment of stuttering." – M.K. (May 2017)