Practical Thoughts Blog
Mar 28, 2023
What treatment approach should I use with a particular young child who stutters?
In several earlier blog posts, I have stressed the importance of individualized treatment for young children who stutter and their families. Now, it's time to take a look at what factors guide me toward one approach or another...
Jan 05, 2023
Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) appropriate for kids who stutter?
Coming to terms with stuttering is an important goal for adults and children alike, but it can be challenging. Fortunately, there are many therapy strategies that speech-language pathologists can use from the world of counseling psychology to help our clients achieve these important goals.
Oct 09, 2022
Is it true that prolonged speech is the best type of fluency therapy?
Prolonged speech is a strategy for helping people who stutter speak more fluently. Read this post by Dr. Yaruss to understand why it may not be the only strategy -- or even the best strategy -- that you need to learn.
Jun 28, 2021
Is it true that stuttering can’t be cured after age 7?
It is generally recognized that early intervention is best for children who stutter. But what does it mean if the child is still stuttering as he approaches the school-age years? Dr. Yaruss talks about the misunderstandings caregivers can experience when their children who stutter transition from preschool to early elementary ages.
May 19, 2021
My Student Seems to be Gasping for Air!
Speech-language pathologists often ask about children who stutter or have fluency concerns who exhibit “audible inhalations” or gasp for air when engaged in conversational speech. In this blog post, we address 3 scenarios for when and how we might address appropriate breathing strategies in stuttering therapy.
Feb 24, 2021
How Do We Talk about President Biden's Stutter with Our Students?
Nina Reeves shares some thoughts about how to discuss President Biden's stuttering with students. No, don't worry, we're not talking about politics here; just some facts about stuttering.
Sep 17, 2020
Guest Blog: Eden Molineaux
I picked up her title about stuttering (of course), and as I thumbed through the pages, I realized I was reading what I had been thinking and saying for 30+ years! THIS is how we help peers and teachers (and other stakeholders) learn about how to handle stuttering! The cherry on top is that her book also help provide an advocacy perspective for children who...
Apr 22, 2020
What about those "atypical disfluencies?"
Not all disfluencies reflect stuttering. Sometimes, children exhibit "atypical" disfluencies. What in the world do we do with those? Nina Reeves has the answers.
Apr 21, 2020
Resources for Parents of Children who Stutter
Looking for resources for parents of children who stutter? Look no further! Nina Reeves has compiled a comprehensive list!
Apr 16, 2020
Resources for SLPs: Stuttering Therapy, Telepractice, Supporting Parents and More!
Be sure to bookmark this comprehensive list of resources for helping speech-language pathologists develop their confidence in helping those who stutter.
Oct 04, 2019
What are the different approaches for treating preschool children who stutter?
Prior blog posts have talked about the importance of individualized therapy for young children who stutter. This time, Dr. Yaruss provides a brief overview of the available approaches to help clinicians make informed choices that match each child's and family's unique needs.
Oct 04, 2019
Individualized Therapy for Young Children Who Stutter and Their Families
When selecting a therapy approach for a young child who stutters, it is important not to fall into the trap of making blanket recommendations or using the same therapy approach with everyone. Individualized treatment is the key to success!