J. Scott Yaruss, PhD

Stuttering Specialist, Educator, and Researcher

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD


Practical Treatment Strategies for Preschool Children Who Stutter


Many speech-language pathologists have expressed uncertainty about the best way to help preschool children who stutter overcome their speaking difficulties. Common questions include:

  • which children need treatment and which are likely to “outgrow” stuttering
  • what treatment methods are most appropriate for young children who stutter
  • how to incorporate parents in treatment and what to do if parents are not involved
  • what to do if treatment is not “working.”

The purpose of this workshop is to help clinicians find real-world, practical answers to these and many other questions. Specific diagnostic and treatment strategies will be discussed in detail, and participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of ways to help children who stutter overcome the challenges associated with their stuttering. Participants will come away from the workshop feeling more confident in their own abilities for helping preschool children who stutter and their families.

Sample Outline / Timed Agenda

(Full-day program shown. All seminars can be adapted to a variety of schedules.)

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Understanding Stuttering
    • Making sense of a complicated disorder
    • Stuttering from the preschool child’s perspective
  • 9:00 - 10:00 Comprehensive Evaluation of Preschool Stuttering
    •  What factors contribute to the development of stuttering
    •  Figuring out who needs treatment
  • 10:00 - 10:15 break
  • 10:15 - 11:45 Goals and Procedures of Treatment I
    • Helping parents understand and accept stuttering
    •  Helping parents facilitate children’s fluency
  • 11:45 - 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:30 Goals and Procedures of Treatment II
    • Helping preschool children speak more fluently
    • Helping preschool children change the way they stutter
  • 2:30 - 2:45 Break
  • 2:45 - 3:15 What if the child keeps stuttering?
    • Helping preschool children address emotional and cognitive reactions
    • Preparing for future success
  • 3:15 - 3:30 Questions & Answers / Specific Cases and Special Situations

Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the factors that are involved in the development of childhood stuttering 
  • Discuss the role that parents play in the onset of stuttering 
  • Design efficient diagnostic evaluations of preschool children who stutter 
  • Select treatment strategies to help children speak more easily
  • Select treatment strategies to help children communicate more effectively
  • Help preschool children overcome their emotional and cognitive reactions to stuttering
  • Effectively involve families in the child's treatment plan

For More Information

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