Practical Thoughts Blog
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.
May 22, 2019
The terminology used for describing stuttering has long been a source of confusion for speech-language pathologists and parents alike. In this blog post, Dr. Yaruss argues that we should do away with the old terms and adopt some newer, simpler language for describing stuttering.
Apr 19, 2019
Clinicians are often uncertain about how to choose an appropriate, evidence-based treatment approach for young children who stutter. In this post, Dr. Yaruss encourages clinicians to first consider a child's and family's needs before selecting a specific approach.
Mar 07, 2019
Writing IEP goals for preschool and young school-age children who stutter presents a unique challenge for clinicians, because most of the early therapy is done with and through the parents. Learn how to handle this by writing goals for both less-direct and more-direct aspects of therapy.
Mar 05, 2019
J. Scott Yaruss has a lot of pet peeves. One of them is when speech-language pathologists tell parents of young children who stutter to just "wait and see what happens." Read this blog post to find out why!
Nov 08, 2018
Clinicians are often asked to do informal evaluations of a young child who may or may not be stuttering. This post from Dr. Yaruss describes what to look for and how to decide if a full evaluation is needed.
May 24, 2018
When a young child starts to stutter, it can be a frightening experience for parents. They may call you or email you in distress, and it's important that you know how to respond in a way that reduces their fears and helps them make appropriate decisions about whether or when to seek an evaluation and therapy.
May 19, 2018
When a child is stuttering, it is natural for parents to worry about the future. Of all the questions that they might ask, though, one of the most difficult to answer is whether the child will "outgrow" the stuttering... In this blog post, Dr. Yaruss talks about how he responds...
Apr 15, 2018
When clinicians learn that a young child is stuttering, there first reaction should not be to automatically recommend some name-branded therapy program. To do so is to ignore the tenets of evidence-based practice. Instead, try this...