2003 IFA Congress: Montreal, Canada

Responsiveness to Treatment of Early Stuttering with the Lidcombe Program: Preliminary Results

Isabelle Rousseau1, Ann Packman1, Mark Onslow1, and Elisabeth Harrison2
1Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, PO Box I 70, Lidcombe NSW 1870, Australia
2Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University NS W 2109, Australia


This paper reports an investigation into the relationship between time since onset of stuttering and the duration “of treatment with the Lidcombe Program. The Lidcombe Program of early stuttering intervention is a parent-delivered behavioural treatment. In the past, time since onset has been associated with duration of treatment and these findings are important for deciding whether to begin treatment or to delay treatment to give a chance for natural recovery to occur. However, existing studies are methodologically limited by retrospective methods. The present project incorporates prospective methods, and preliminary data are presented.

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