Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc., is a specialty publishing company dedicated to helping speech-language pathologists increase their confidence in working with people who stutter. Our resources are filled with real-world, practical ideas that SLPs can use immediately to help people who stutter and their families overcome the burden of stuttering. Our authors, including co-founders Nina Reeves and J. Scott Yaruss, are clinical specialists with extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of stuttering in people of all ages. Our materials are developed with people who stutter and SLPs in mind—offering the highest quality at affordable prices, all tailored to the everyday clinical needs of practicing speech-language pathologists.
Why did we start STR?
We heard countless stories of frustration and angst from our SLP colleagues who felt unprepared to work with people who stutter. These bright, creative professionals did not feel they had the requisite knowledge and experience to successfully support people who stutter in ways that were effective in the real-life speaking situations where communication was paramount. We also realized that there was a lack of evidence-based, affordable, practical materials that SLPs could use to improve their own knowledge and confidence in assessment and intervention for those who stutter. We saw the needs, and we continue to seek to fill the voids.
The STR Partnership
Our STR partnership began as a shared passion for stuttering therapy and advocacy. We met as professional contacts and became dear friends, business partners, and chosen family. Today, we we are pleased to use our varied yet complementary backgrounds to bring you Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc.
J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA
President, Co-founder, Author
Scott is a dedicated researcher-clinician, a prolific writer, and the editor for Stuttering Therapy Resources. Scott loves metaphors and analogies, as well as flow charts and box-and-line diagrams. Scott is a Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University, where he conducts research on the speaker's lived experience of stuttering. Scott is currently focused on an NIH-funded research project examining the variability of stuttering across situations. In addition, Scott maintains a private practice and frequently provides workshops on stuttering and counseling strategies for Speech-Language Pathologists around the globe. He is an ASHA Fellow and recipient of the National Stuttering Association's Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year and Hall of Fame awards. Information about Scott’s practice and seminars can be found at www.Yaruss.com. When he’s not working, Scott loves traveling with Virginia and the family (often to places where he’s learning and teaching about stuttering), scuba diving (ideally in some remote and exotic location), photography (of said remote location), and reading.
Nina A. Reeves, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-F
Vice President, Co-founder, Author
Nina is a master clinician, author, and the marketing persona of the Stuttering Therapy Resources team. She loves to develop practical, innovative therapy activities that are designed to streamline workload management. Nina currently serves as staff fluency specialist for Frisco ISD and fluency disorder specialist consultant for San Diego Unified Schools. Her private practice is dedicated to children and adolescents who stutter, and she travels extensively, presenting interactive workshops on topics related to fluency disorders. Nina's contributions to service delivery in the schools were recognized with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association 2013 Rolland Van Hattum Award for Contributions in the Schools and the ASHA 2019 Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in Preschool -Grade 12 Education Settings. She is also a recipient of the National Stuttering Association Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year and Hall of Fame awards. Information about Nina’s practice and seminars can be found at www.NinaReeves.com. In her spare time (Is this a thing?), Nina enjoys cycling, learning Italian, and color-coding everything possible! She hates being on camera but is working through this on a hierarchy of desensitization as she shows up more in social media posts.
Lee is a semi-retired veterinarian who owned and operated a successful veterinary practice for over 40 years. As our CFO he brings his business acumen to Stuttering Therapy Resources, keeping us on track! Lee is a person who stutters, and his passionate advocacy has led him to represent those affected by stuttering in various local, state, and national organizations and associations, including leading the National Stuttering Association as Chairman of the Board for 7 years. Lee has been the recipient of multiple awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Distinguished Consumer Award from the International Fluency Association, the Hall of Fame Award from the National Stuttering Association, the Charles Van Riper Award from the National Council on Communicative Disorders, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. In his spare time, Lee enjoys golf, travel, cycling, and long walks with his bride (that’s Nina).
Virginia is the design and production element of our team, as she turns our authors’ terrific ideas into books and other materials. Virginia also manages daily operations in our office, including customer inquiries and sales support. In addition to her background in publishing, Virginia brings her experience as an elementary school teacher to our team discussions. Outside of the office, Virginia is a foodie who loves to knit, travel with Scott, and spend time with their adult daughters.
Speaking of daughters...the newest member of our team is Eleanor Yaruss, publication assistant and artist! Eleanor has a degree in English Literature and Religious Studies from Kalamazoo College. She answers emails, enters orders, completes vendor packets, prepares quotes, and formats OASES response forms in languages from around the world. Most importantly, see her life-affirming artwork at @Eleanors_Easel on Instagram.
Some of Our Favorite Memories
Our authors are experts in the evaluation and treatment of people who stutter, with many years of clinical experience in a range of clinical settings. You can count on Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc., to provide you with authoritative, evidence-based guidance that leads to effective treatment. We are currently developing new partnerships with additional authors so we can bring you even more materials to support your therapy with people who stutter.
Craig Coleman, MA, BCS-F, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow
Craig is Assistant Professor and Chair at Edinboro University. Craig currently serves as ASHA's Vice President for Planning. He previously served as Coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Group 4: Fluency and Fluency Disorders, and he served for two terms as President of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Craig is a co-author for the School-Age and Teen Response Forms of the OASES. In addition to his work with STR, Craig has co-authored three children's books on stuttering and given over 150 presentations on stuttering to local, state, national, and international audiences.
William P. (Bill) Murphy, MA, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA
Bill is a clinical professor emeritus from Purdue University, specializing in the treatment of stuttering in children and adults. Bill developed the concepts and procedures that became the foundation for our Minimizing Bullying program. Bill has presented numerous workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada. His publications address the role of shame and guilt in stuttering. He feels that stuttering therapy should address both speech-motor patterns and the many negative attitudes and feelings that may co-occur with the disorder.
Robert W. (Bob) Quesal, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA
Bob is professor emeritus from Western Illinois University. He has taught courses in fluency disorders, anatomy, speech and hearing science, research methods, and voice disorders. Bob is co-author of the OASES and Minimizing Bullying program. His research focused on the evaluation of treatment outcomes for adolescents and adults who stutter, with a special interest in affective and cognitive changes that occur as a result of treatment.