Practical Thoughts Blog
Oct 09, 2022
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
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
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
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
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 16, 2020
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
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
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!
Jul 31, 2019
Determining whether a young child who stutters needs therapy is complicated by the fact that most children who stutter in the preschool years actually recover on their own. By focusing on key risk factors, we can make evidence-based decisions about when treatment is most likely to be needed.
Jun 10, 2019
Helping children who stutter who also exhibit a cognitive impairment presents a unique seat of challenges for speed-language pathologists. Still, there is much that we can do to help.