School-age Fluency: Review of Current Research & Effective Evaluation & Therapy Procedures

Presented by Susie Harder, MA, CCC-SLP (3 hrs)
Fluency Consultant, Fresno USD and TALK Team

This presentation develops clinical insight and strategies for working effectively with school-age children who stutter by exploring assessment, treatment, generalization to the classroom setting, and collaboration with teaching staff and parents. Topics include:
1) How to complete a differential evaluation for a student with fluency concerns using the CALMS model,
2) Essential components to school-age therapy including an overview of a successful therapy process, and
3) Developing clinical problem solving skills. In addition, discussion will include problem solving through common factors in the school setting such as: how to generalize fluency from the therapy room to the classroom setting, when and how to use teachers for support, writing meaningful IEP goals, efficient ways to document progress, and more. Using research, videos, and case studies, a variety of materials and ideas will be reviewed to assist in effective therapy. Sample materials to take home include: student interview questionnaire, problem solving checklist, and informal assessments