2018 SLP Masterclass Series Information

Thank you to all who attended our successful 2018 Masterclass Series in Chicago! We hope that you enjoyed this event as much as we enjoyed hosting it. We strive to bring you the best of the best each year, and hope that you enjoyed the event as much as we enjoyed hosting.

Please visit the 2018 Masterclass Handout DropBox link to the handouts used during the Masterclass, should you wish to refer to them in the future, or need extra copies.

Stuttering is consistently identified as the practice area that SLPs feel least equipped for. How do you measure progress in therapy, when the child isn’t interested in using their speech tools? How do you encourage a student to speak up in class? What do you say to a parent who wants their child to be fluent? What is the goal of stuttering therapy?

Stuttering 201: Back to Basics and Beyond

July 3rd – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

July 4th – 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM

How comfortable are you with stuttering treatment? Not very? You are not alone!  Stuttering has consistently been identified as one practice area for which speech professionals feel ill-equipped, and it’s easy to understand why.

  • How can we measure progress in therapy, when the child isn’t interested in using their speech tools?
  • How do we successfully encourage students to speak up in class?
  • What should we say to parents who want their child to be fluent?
  • What are the ultimate goals of stuttering therapy?

Our 2018 Masterclass is designed for those clinicians who may not feel as comfortable with stuttering treatments as they’d like. This comprehensive 2-day seminar is designed to deepen clinicians’ understanding of stuttering as a full life experience, as well as to increase specific therapy skills. Topics include updates on the current state of the field, exploration of new behavioral interventions, and counseling, and will culminate in a facilitated Q&A with members of the NSA, including an open discussion about what people who stutter want and need most from therapy.

This 2-day Masterclass Series is held in conjunction with our 35th Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, so mark your calendars for July 3-4, 2018, and then stick around July 4-8 for the Annual Conference itself. This 2-day symposium offers up to 1.0 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level, Professional area), in addition to those offered during the Annual Conference.  Save, print, and share our 2018 Masterclass info with your colleagues, then save money and register for both!

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Space is limited, so register early! Prior symposiums have SOLD OUT, so be sure to register early. No onsite registrations will be accepted.


Communication Effectiveness: The real goal of stuttering therapy
Dr. Courtney T. Byrd

The purpose of this short course is two-fold. Clinicians commonly report difficulty determining whether the disfluencies produced by their client are indicative of stuttering or unique to cluttering, autism, language impairment or, second language learning. The initial section of this short course will focus on increasing clinician understanding of the disfluent speech of clinical and non-clinical populations of person who do not stutter. Yet another challenge reported by clinicians is not knowing how to best help their clients successfully navigate their academic and employment settings. The second section of this short course will focus on targeting communication effectiveness in a manner that will promote measurements of success for persons who stutter (both children and adults) that move beyond decreases in stuttered speech to increases in distinct communication competencies.

More About Dr. Courtney T. Byrd

Courtney T. Byrd is Associate Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include the study of speech-language contributions to childhood stuttering and the development of innovative treatment and clinical training tools. In 2014, The Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute was established as a distinct endowed institute dedicated to excellence in clinical research for which Dr. Byrd serves as Founding Director. The mission of the Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute is to help persons who stutter, their families, and their clinicians through the development, provision and sharing of evidence-based practices, the implementation of progressive clinical training methodologies, and the completion of innovative research with an emphasis on translating theory to practice.

Fluency Plus: Managing Fluency Disorders in Clients with Multiple Diagnoses
Kathleen Scaler Scott, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Fluency disorders such as stuttering, cluttering, and atypical disfluency are often accompanied by concomitant  diagnoses impacting and interacting with fluency. Despite this common presentation, there is little training for speech-language pathologists to confidently treat fluency disorders and concomitant disorders together. Fluency Plus: Managing Fluency Disorders in Individuals with Multiple Diagnoses fills this much-needed gap, providing a research base along with practical strategies and treatment activities to guide speech-language pathologists in managing clients with fluency and concomitant disorders.

In this seminar, practical strategies for evaluating and treating clients with fluency disorders and concomitant diagnoses will be covered. Ideas for managing fluency disorders  in diagnoses including autism spectrum, ADHD, selective mutism, intellectual disability, learning disability, articulation disorders, and gifted and talented will be discussed. How executive functions relate to the management of these multiple concerns will be addressed.

More About Dr. Kathleen Scaler-Scott

Kathleen Scaler Scott, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Misericordia University and a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. She has been a practicing clinician for 24 years in hospital, school, and private practice settings. Dr. Scaler Scott has authored and co-authored several articles and book chapters on the topic of fluency disorders. She is co-editor of the textbook, Cluttering: A handbook of research, intervention, and education, and of the treatment manual Managing Cluttering: A comprehensive guidebook of activities, both with Dr. David Ward. She is author of the forthcoming book, Fluency Plus: Managing Fluency Disorders in Individual with Multiple Diagnoses. A certified special education and elementary school teacher, Dr. Scaler Scott was the first Coordinator of the International Cluttering Association.

Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: Direct Treatment Strategies
J Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA

Many speech-language pathologists are familiar with less direct forms of therapy for preschool children who stutter, such as strategies for helping parents reduce demands in the environment that may affect the child’s fluency. In recent years, there has been an increasing effort to include more direct forms of treatment for young children who stutter, though there has been relatively little written about such strategies. This advanced workshop will focus specifically on direct treatment strategies for children ages 2 to 6. Goals for therapy will include improving children’s fluency through modifications to speech production and stuttering, as well as helping children develop and maintain healthy, appropriate attitudes toward their communication abilities.

More About Dr. J. Scott Yaruss

J Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA, is a Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University.  Dr. Yaruss’s research examines factors that may contribute to the development of stuttering in young children and the effectiveness of treatment for children and adults who stutter. He is the coauthor of numerous articles and books about stuttering therapy, including Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide and the Overall Assessment of the Speaker’s Experience of Stuttering (OASES).