April 11, 2023

Ellen Kelly, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-F and Cara Singer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP join host Sara MacIntyre, M.A., CCC-SLP to discuss a new parent rating scale (18-item), Vanderbilt Responses to Your Child's Speech Rating Scale for Parents (VRYCS),  developed collaboratively by a team listed below, to help support parents' self-perceived responses to the speech of their children who stutter. The VRYCS can help clinicians select targets and assess progress in parent-based, communication-focused early stuttering interventions consistent with family-centered programs such as Palin PCI and RESTART-DCM approaches. Dr. Kelly and Dr. Singer walk listeners through the development of the VRYCS, the factors included based on statistical analysis, it's clinical uses and implications, and future research directions.

To learn more and to access the VRYCS in the appendices:
Validation of the Vanderbilt Responses to Your Child’s Speech Rating Scale for Parents of Young Children Who Stutter
Singer, Kelly, White, Zengin-Bolatkale, & Jones (2022)
Link to the article to access the scale and to read more in JSLHR

Also referenced within:
Palin-Parent Rating Scales

Email Dr. Cara Singer if you have difficulty accessing: singerca@gvsu.edu

For comments/ questions/ suggestions for the Stuttering Foundation Podcast, please email Sara: smacintyre@stutteringhelp.org.

Guest Bios:
Ellen M. Kelly, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-F,  is VP for Professional Development at the Stuttering Foundation. She is a board-certified speech-language pathologist specializing in stuttering and other fluency challenges. One of her main roles with the Stuttering Foundation is providing consultation to people who stutter, family members, SLPs, teachers, physicians, and anyone else, around the world, who seeks assistance. Prior to joining the Stuttering Foundation, she spent 35 years in academia, teaching in the areas of stuttering and counseling, providing clinical services, engaging in research, and presenting clinical and research findings nationally and internationally.

Cara M. Singer Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. She conducts research related to evaluation and treatment practices for children who stutter and attitudes towards stuttering. Additionally, she teaches and supervises speech-language pathology undergraduate and graduate students in clinical and research settings.