Effective Treatment for School-Age Children Who Stutter:
An Advanced course
Stuttering in school-age children can be one of the more
challenging disorders for speech-language pathologists to
treat. Many clinicians have wondered about the best way to
help children who stutter improve their speech and their
Common questions include:
Which therapy approach is most effective?
How do I help a school-age child who stutters get the most out of therapy?
What if stuttering does not have an “adverse impact” on the child?
What goals should I write on my IEPs? How do I document progress in therapy?
When should I dismiss a child from therapy? What if he is still stuttering?
What if I can get the child fluent in the therapy room, but not in the classroom?
How do I get parents involved in therapy? What if they won’t participate?
What if the child does not want to be in therapy?
What do I do if the child is being bullied or teased about his speech?
What about electronic fluency
devices and medications? bilingual children and
second-language learners? concomitant
This workshop will help clinicians answer these and
other difficult questions so they will be able to provide the
most effective treatment for the children on their caseloads.
The workshop begins with an overview of key concepts
in stuttering therapy, including specific techniques for
helping children to improve their speech fluency and overall
communication. The presenter will then provide specific
examples of treatment goals, strategies, and therapy
activities that can be adapted for clinicians working in a
variety of settings. Videotape examples of treatment will be
used to reinforce treatment techniques, and challenging
situations, such as generalization to classroom settings and
involving parents, will be discussed in detail. Finally,
participants will have the opportunity to ask questions
about specific children on their caseloads.
Participants will come away from the workshop with a
better understanding of the nature of stuttering and
increased confidence in their ability to help children who
stutter overcome the burden of this challenging disorder.
Sample Outline / Timed Agenda
(Full-day program shown. All seminars
can be adapted to a variety of schedules.)
8:30 - 9:00 Stuttering: What We Should
Have Learned in Graduate School
9:00 - 10:00 Helping Children Speak More
10:00 - 10:15 break
10:15 - 10:45 Video Examples and Technique Practice
10:45 - 11:45 Helping Children Communicate More Effectively
11:45 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Working with Families and
2:00 - 2:30 More Video Examples and
2:30 - 2:45 break
2:45 - 3:30 Special Topics:
Second-Language Learners, Devices, and more
3:30 - 4:00 Questions & Answers /
Following this presentation,
participants will be able to:
Design efficient and effective diagnostic evaluations of
school-age children who stutter
Select appropriate treatment
strategies for helping children who stutter speak more
easily and communicate more effectively
Write meaningful, objective treatment goals and benchmarks
and document progress in treatment
Help children overcome their emotional and cognitive
reactions to stuttering
Effectively involve families, teachers, and others in the
child’s treatment plan
Address adverse situations such as bullying and teasing, low
motivation in treatment, and uncooperative parents and
For More Information
To schedule this seminar or to find out how this program
can be adapted for your organization, contact me at
Note: This workshop has previously been titled "Mastering
clinical skills for enhancing fluency and communication in
school-age children who stutter."