The purpose of this course is to provide Speech Language Pathologists with knowledge of current evidence-based practice for evaluation and treatment of preschool children, ages 2 through 6 years, who present with stuttering and fluency disorders. This presentation provides information concerning current evaluation tools for assessing stuttering and fluency patterns of young children. Risk factors for persistent stuttering are discussed and differential diagnoses are explained. Current research on predicting spontaneous recovery and neurological function in preschoolers are reviewed. Various treatment protocols are explored and procedures for developing an individualized plan for treatment are outlined.
Section 1: Overview
Incidence and Spontaneous Recovery
Section 2: Neuroimaging
Brain Function- Clinical Research Update
Section 3: Evaluation
Section 4: Treatment
Direct vs. Indirect Therapy
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Section 5: Literature
Repetitive Phrase & Simplistic Language Books
Spontaneous Speech & Read/Summarize or Interactive Books
Organizations and Resources
Rita Thurman has worked in the schools and in clinical settings in Utah, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, and North Carolina since 1977. Her private practice in Raleigh, North Carolina and Bozeman, Montana focuses on the evaluation and treatment of children, teens, and adults who stutter.
She was awarded the Clinical Achievement Award by the NC Speech Language Hearing Association in 2012 and the Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year by the National Stuttering Association in 2015, both for her contributions to diagnosis and treatment for people who stutter.
She is a NSA Adult and TWST Chapter leader and sponsors an annual Friend's Workshop in NC. She is the Chair of the Executive Board of the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders.Disclosure: Rita Thurman, M.S.,CCC BCS-FD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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