J. Scott Yaruss, PhD

Stuttering Specialist, Educator, and Researcher

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD


Comments from Participants

“Dr. Yaruss presented very helpful info!”

“I am very impressed with his ability to explain and teach.”

“I can't wait to get back to my classroom and try all these new activities!”

“For the first time ever, I feel excited about treating children who stutter!”

“Dr. Yaruss is a great communicator!”

“I appreciated the concrete activities complementing each goal or tip!”

“Loved Dr. Yaruss’s humor and presentation style”

“Best use of my educational units in many years.”

“I've been to many training seminars in my career - this was by far the best.”

“Dr. Yaruss has a passion for helping people who stutter that's contagious!”

“A great speaker, so easy to listen to and so knowledgeable. I loved all the examples and illustrations.”

“All SLPs should take this course.”

“Best delivery I’ve seen in 35 years.”

“I really appreciated Dr. Yaruss’ practical, clinical approach.”

“I have learned more during this seminar than any others I have attended. Dr. Yaruss is exceptional.”

“He is by far the best speaker I have ever seen.”

“This has been a phenomenal workshop. I am going home with things to do, use and say immediately.”

“I'm going to recommend Dr. Yaruss's workshops to everybody I know.”

Seminars, Workshops, and In-Services

I have attended many fluency conferences over the past 20 years. This has been the best by far. Dr. Yaruss was engaging and very informative. I feel like I can leave here today and implement some very useful techniques with my fluency students tomorrow! -- Seminar Participant

On-site seminars offer many advantages, including consistency of services provided within your organization and significant cost-savings compared to sending individual clinicians to conferences.

Half-day, full-day, or two-day programs provide state-of-the-art training for:

  • State or regional conventions
  • School district or intermediate unit in-services
  • Private practices and clinics

Some seminars can now be provided remotely via teleconference (e.g., Skype). This offers even more costs savings because of the elimination of travel costs. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

Following are several examples of my most common presentations. Click on the titles for overviews, outlines, agendas, and learning objectives. Custom presentations can also be designed to meet your group's individual needs.

Practical Treatment Strategies for Preschool Children Who Stutter

  • Learn to evaluate preschool children who stutter and successfully determine whether and when to recommend treatment.
  • Hear about a variety of approaches so you can feel confident that you are using appropriate treatment strategies and activities.
  • Study the "family focused treatment program" (Yaruss et al., 2006) and receive session-by-session lesson plans for helping children develop more fluent speech.
  • Gain new skills for involving families in the treatment process
  • Explore novel ways of helping even very young children develop healthy communication attitudes toward their speech and stuttering

Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: An Practical Approach

  • Build on knowledge and skills gained in the Practical Treatment Strategies program to help preschool children and their families achieve their greatest success, both in and out of the therapy room.
  • Learn even more strategies for working with families and helping children improve their speech fluency and communication skills.
  • Review more than 25 dialogues for responding to parents' concerns.
  • Study 10 concrete treatment goals and nearly 30 specific treatment activities that you can incorporate into your treatment immediately.
  • Based on the best-selling book, Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide (Yaruss & Reardon-Reeves, 2017)
  • A web-based version of this seminar is available via MedBridge Education.

Practical Treatment Strategies for School-Age Children Who Stutter

  • Learn about the nature of stuttering in school-age children so you can understand the rationale for treatment and develop individualized treatment plans.
  • Study a comprehensive framework for evaluating and treating the entire stuttering disorder.
  • Review specific treatment goals and learn how to generalize treatment gains outside of the therapy room.
  • Gain skills for helping children speak more easily, reduce negative reactions to stuttering, and communicate more effectively
  • An audio CD version of this seminar is available from PESI and portions can be found in a webinar available from Northern Speech Services.

School-Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Approach

  • Build on knowledge and skills gained in the Practical Treatment Strategies program to help school-age children improve their fluency and their overall communication
  • Study 10 concrete treatment goals and more than 30 detailed activities you can incorporate into your treatment immediately.
  • Review numerous video samples of me conducting treatment with a school-age child who stutters.
  • Based on the best-selling book, School-Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide (Yaruss & Reardon-Reeves, 2013)
  •  A web-based version of this seminar will soon be available via MedBridge Education.

Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter

  • Learn concrete strategies for helping children who stutter overcome the problems associated with bullying
  • Explore how children can educate peers about stuttering to reduce the likelihood of bullying  
  • Discover effective methods for involving parents and teachers in the therapy process
  • Based odd the best-selling book, Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter (Murphy, Quesal, Reardon-Reeves, & Yaruss, 2013)
  • A web-based version of this seminar is available via MedBridge Education.

Practical Counseling Strategies for Speech-Language Pathologists

  • Learn counseling skills that you can immediately implement in treatment for listening to and responding to your client's needs - regardless of which specific communication disorder they may have.
  • Address challenging topics such as motivation and other roadblocks to success.
  • Review a widely used framework drawn from counseling psychology to ensure that you are helping clients achieve meaningful changes in their lives.
  • Learn skills that you can apply to any disorder, not just stuttering!
  • A web-based version of this seminar is available via MedBridge Education.

Evaluation and Treatment for Adolescents and Adults who Stutter

  • Learn to provide comprehensive assessment and treatment for adolescents and adults who stutter.
  • Review specific strategies for reducing:
    • the observable behaviors of stuttering, including secondary characteristics
    • negative emotional and cognitive reactions by the speaker and those in his/her environment
    • functional communication difficulties
    • the negative impact of stuttering on the speaker’s overall quality of life.