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Effective Treatment for Young Children Who Stutter: An Advanced Course

The workshop will begin with an overview of key concepts in stuttering therapy, including specific techniques for helping children to improve their speech fluency and overall communication. The presenter will then provide specific examples of treatment goals, strategies, and therapy activities that can be adapted for clinicians working in a variety of settings. Video examples of treatment will be used to reinforce treatment techniques, and challenging situations, such as generalization to classroom settings and involving parents, will be discussed in detail. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about specific children on their caseloads.

Participants will come away from the workshop with a better understanding of the nature of stuttering and increased confidence in their ability to help children who stutter overcome the burden of this challenging disorder.

Objectives

This workshop is designed to help you answer these and other difficult questions so you will be able to provide the most effective treatment for the children on your caseload:

  • Which therapy approach is most effective?
  • How do I help a young child who stutters get the most out of therapy?
  • What if stuttering does not have an “adverse impact” on the child?
  • What goals should I write on my IEPs? How do I document progress in therapy?
  • When should I dismiss a child from therapy? What if he is still stuttering?
  • What if I can get the child fluent in the therapy room, but not in the classroom?
  • How do I get parents involved in therapy? What if they won’t participate?

Target Audience

  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Parents
  • Special Education Teachers
  • General Education Teachers
  • Special Education Supervisors
  • IU TaCs

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.




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