2003 IFA Congress: Montreal, Canada

Overall Assessment of The Speaker’s Experience of Stuttering (OASES)

J. Scott Yaruss1 and Robert W. QUESAL2
1Deportment of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2C0mmunication Sciences and Disorders, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455, USA

SUMMARY

Recent years have seen a renewed interest in measuring treatment outcomes, particularly for broad-based treatment approaches that attempt to achieve changes in a speal<er’s overall communication ability rather than focusing solely or primarily on gains in fluency. Unfortunately, prior attempts to document such treatment outcomes have been hindered by a relative lack of reliable instruments for assessing real-world outcomes. This paper describes the development of a new measurement instrument for assessing several aspects of the speaker’s experience of stuttering, including fluency, personal and environmental reactions, difficulties with functional communication, and the impact of stuttering on the speaker’s quality of life. Preliminary data demonstrating the value of the instrument are presented for 4 individuals who have recently completed a broad-based treatment program.
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