From "The King's Speech" to Today's Classroom: Expert on Assessing and Treating Stuttering to Discuss Truth and Fiction in Popular Movie

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Lead Author of Tool for Assessing Impact of Stuttering on a Person's Life Presents Day-Long Workshop at St. Francis College

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The 2011 Academy Awards Best Picture winner, "The King's Speech," has drawn global attention to the challenges faced by people who stutter and strategies for helping them build confidence and become competent speakers. Scott Yaruss, Ph.D., co-author of the Overall Assessment of the Speaker's Experience of Stuttering (OASES) from Pearson, is an expert on helping clinicians employ practical treatment therapies for stuttering so that their clients - whether they are third-graders who need to give books reports for their class or the King of England - overcome barriers to success.

Yaruss will be speaking to the New York City Department of Education Speech and Language Services Department and is available for interviews on the history and science behind "The King's Speech," as well as effective current strategies for assessing and treating this fluency disorder. The OASES assessment uniquely measures the impact of stuttering on a person's life - unlike most other stuttering instruments, which focus mainly on the frequency and type of stuttering events. This brief, yet comprehensive self-report is built on a solid theoretical foundation to help clinicians assess the impact of stuttering in multiple life situations.

Yaruss has specialized in stuttering disorders for more than 20 years. As a clinician, teacher and researcher, he shares his extensive clinical expertise and current research perspective. Yaruss has helped thousands of clinicians feel more confident and competent in their skills for helping people who stutter. He is a board-recognized specialist and mentor in fluency disorders and a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

What: Effective Treatment for School-Age Children Who Stutter: An Advanced Course

Where: St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.

When: April 7, 2011, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
            Note: "The King's Speech" will be the focus of the last 30 minutes of the workshop, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Who: Scott Yaruss, Ph.D., author of the OASES

Contact: Lisa Wolfe, L. Wolfe Communications
                Office: 773-227-1049
                Mobile: 312-953-8085
                Email: lwolfe(at)lwolfe(dot)com

About Pearson
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education services, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to http://www.pearsonassessments.com.

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