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S3 Ep 26: What's Changed in Stuttering Therapy?

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Episode Summary

You want to help people who stutter, but you can't ignore that gnawing feeling in your heart that you just don’t think you know how. Gain more comfort and confidence from this week’s engaging episode with Dr. Scott Yaruss- researcher, professor, clinician, and co-founder of Stuttering Therapy Resources.  Learn the four most important words that center effective and person-centered stuttering inventions and pack your toolbox with the info, validation, and guidance that grad school just couldn’t offer.  You don’t need to know everything before you sit with a person who stutters, but as a trained SLP and expert at being human, you likely bring more strengths to the table than you might realize.  Add to the soft skills you already own with practical tips on resources to shift (or start) your fluency assessment and support approach.  This pearls-of-wisdom-packed episode has more inspiring and thought-provoking one-liners than your favorite Instagram feed, so pull up a seat and get ready to completely change the way you think about stuttering.

Learning Outcomes and Course Description

This course reviews foundational knowledge related to stuttering.  This course also reviews ways in which stuttering assessment and treatment has changed in recent years.

1. Describe what is meant by the statement, "Stuttering is more than just stuttering."

2. List 2 ways that stuttering assessment and treatment have changed in recent years.

3. Describe what is meant by the statement, "It's okay to stutter."

Speaker Disclosures

Scott Yaruss financial disclosures: Scott is a co-owner of Stuttering Therapy Resources Inc. and receives an income related to intellectual property. 

Scott Yaruss non-financial disclosures: Scott does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose. 

Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.

Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG. 

Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Amy is an employee of a public school system and co-founder for SLP Nerdcast.

Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

Time Ordered Agenda

15 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

15 minutes: Review of the meaning behind the statement "Stuttering is more than just stuttering"

15 minutes:  Review of ways that stuttering treatment and assessment have changed in recent years.

10 minutes:  Review of what is meant by the statement "It's OK to stutter"

5 minutes: Summary and Closing

References and Resources

Tichenor, S. E., & Yaruss, J. S. (2019). Group Experiences and Individual Differences in Stuttering. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 62(12), 4335-4350. doi:10.1044/2019_jslhr-19-00138


School Aged Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide

Additional Resources available at Stuttering Therapy Resources



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