J. Scott Yaruss, PhD

Stuttering Specialist, Educator, and Researcher

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD


Practical Treatment Strategies for School-Age Children Who Stutter

Note: Portions of this course are available on audio CD from PESI and in webinar format from Northern Speech Services.


Many speech-language pathologists have expressed doubts about their ability to help school-age children who stutter. Questions about eligibility and dismissal criteria, overall treatment goals and IEPs, techniques for improving speech fluency, ways to improve children’s communication attitudes, strategies for working with parents and teachers, how to minimize teasing and bullying, and whether children can benefit from fluency devices or medications are common.

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

Sample Outline / Timed Agenda

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

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Understanding Stuttering
    • A Broad-Based View of the Disorder
    • Making Sense of a Complicated Disorder
  • 9:00 - 10:00 Comprehensive Evaluation of School-Age Stuttering
    • IDEA and Eligibility for School-Age Children
    • Helping Children Speak More Fluently
  • 10:00 - 10:15 break
  • 10:15 - 11:45 Selecting Appropriate Goals and Procedures for Treatment
    • Writing IEP Goals and Benchmarks
    • Helping Children Speak More Fluently
  • 11:45 - 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:30 Goals and Procedures of Treatment II
    • Helping Children Change the Way they Stutter
    • Helping Children Address Emotional and Cognitive Reactions
    • Achieving Success Outside of Therapy (Generalization)
  • 2:30 - 2:45 Break
  • 2:45 - 3:15 Working with the Child's Environment
    • Eliminating Teasing and Bullying
    • Helping Parents and Teachers Understand Stuttering
    • Coming to Terms with Stuttering: The Value of Support Groups
  • 3:15 - 3:30 Questions & Answers / Specific Cases and Special Situations

Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Design efficient and effective diagnostic evaluations of school-age children who stutter
  • Select appropriate treatment strategies to help children speak more easily
  • appropriate treatment strategies to help children communicate more effectively
  • Write meaningful, objective goals 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
  • Enhance motivation in treatment
  • Bring families and teachers "on board" with treatment goals and strategies

For More Information

To schedule this seminar or to find out how this program can be adapted for your organization, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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