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Professor Scott Yaruss SEMINAR - EARLY CHILDHOOD STUTTERING THERAPY

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Edith Cowan University Mount Lawley Campus

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Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: Direct or Indirect? Both or Neither?

As part of The Australian Speak Easy Association National Conference in Perth October 2017, Janet Beilby (Curtin University) and Charn Nang (Edith Cowan University) cordially invite speech pathologists, students and those with an interest in stuttering to a special seminar by Professor Scott Yaruss on the following topic:

Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: Direct or Indirect? Both or Neither?

A debate has long raged in the field of fluency disorders about whether, when, and how to treat young children who stutter. Historically, clinicians avoided early therapy for fear that “drawing attention to stuttering” would create a problem or make a problem worse. Today, we know that this is simply not the case. As a result, many clinicians have embraced early intervention, though there are still questions and disagreements about how such therapy should be implemented. This brief presentation will review some of the key issues surrounding the indirect/direct therapy debate, with an eye toward providing an international perspective on early intervention for children who stutter—and on challenging the long-standing dichotomy between approaches. After exploring the pros and cons of different treatment programs, the presenter will ultimately conclude that the indirect/direct therapy dichotomy is not a useful way of conceptualizing early childhood stuttering therapy. Instead, the presenter will argue that treatment is better viewed in terms of a broad set of customizable strategies—based on indirect, direct, and other principles—that can be implemented in order to meet the unique needs of each child and family in an individualized fashion.

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 booklets, books, and brochures 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].

MONDAY 23RD OCTOBER 2017

ECU, Mount Lawley, Bradford Street

Room: 17.157 - New room location

(www.ecu.edu.au for campus map)

6:30pm-8:00pm

(Arrive 6:15pm)

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For more information, please contact Charn Nang, Edith Cowan University: c.nang@ecu.edu.au or Janet Beilby, Curtin University: j.beilby@curtin.edu.au

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