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A comprehensive approach to stammering therapy for adolescents and adults – Dr Scott Yaruss

Tuesday 19 September, 10 am to 4 pm (registration from 9.30am)

City Lit, Keeley Street, London WC2B 4BA

Cost: £30

We are delighted to welcome Dr Scott Yaruss all the way from Michigan State University to City Lit for a fascinating day on exploring therapy for adolescents and adults. Scott is an internationally renowned therapist and researcher and this is a rare opportunity to hear him speak in the UK.

Stammering is more than just stammering. People who stammer experience far more than just the production of speech disfluencies. In addition to disrupted fluency, people who stammer may also experience negative reactions to their speaking difficulties (both by themselves and by others), difficulties communicating in daily situations, and an overall adverse impact on quality of life.

Comprehensive approaches to speech therapy for those who stammer seek to address these various aspects of the experience of stammering; however, providing such broad-based intervention can pose a challenge for many clinicians. Limited time for therapy, large caseloads, documentation and accountability demands, and other challenges can all affect the ability of therapists to provide the type of treatment that might be most beneficial for their clients who stammer.

The purpose of this study day is to explore some of these challenges and discuss ways of approaching stammering therapy in a comprehensive yet individualized manner. The day will be based on a common foundation for viewing the entirety of stammering from the speaker’s perspective, so clinicians can become better prepared to understand what people who stammer must cope with on a daily basis.

Dr Yaruss will begin by describing ways that a comprehensive evaluation can help clinicians develop appropriate treatment goals that meet the needs of each particular client. Next, specific strategies for addressing multiple aspects of treatment will be discussed. These will include strategies for helping speakers: improve their speech fluency, reduce physical tension during moments of stammering, minimize their negative reactions to stammering, educate others in the environment about the true nature of stammering, and diminish the adverse impact of stammering on their lives.

Throughout, Dr Yaruss will highlight methods for supporting clients’ independence in coping with stammering, addressing challenges with generalization and long-term maintenance, and fostering clients' development of self-advocacy skills so they will be able to get the most out of the therapeutic interaction, both in and out of the therapy setting.

The study day is suitable for all speech and language therapists working with adolescents and adults who stammer. Reserve your place today!

For further details, contact speechtherapy@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2579.


J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA, is a Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. His research examines factors that may contribute to the development of stuttering in young children as well as methods for assessing and evaluating treatment outcomes in children and adults who stutter. He has published roughly 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 100 other articles, papers, and chapters on stuttering. He is author, co-author, or editor of several resources on stuttering, including the Overall Assessment of the Speaker’s Experience of Stuttering (OASES), a comprehensive evaluation tool for children, adolescents, and adults who stutter; Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, School-age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, and the Minimizing Bullying for Children Who Stutter program (all published by Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc. [www.StutteringTherapyResources.com]. Dr. Yaruss teaches classes on stuttering and counseling methods for speech-language pathologists and frequently conducts workshops designed to help speech-language pathologists improve their ability to work with individuals who stutter.

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