Research  |   February 2009
Long-Term Outcome of the Lidcombe Program for Early Stuttering Intervention
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Barbara Miller
    University of Vermont, Burlington
  • Barry Guitar
    University of Vermont, Burlington
  • Contact author: Barry Guitar, 400 Pomeroy Hall, University of Vermont, 489 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05405. E-mail: barry.guitar@uvm.edu.
  • © 2009 American Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders
Research   |   February 2009
Long-Term Outcome of the Lidcombe Program for Early Stuttering Intervention
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 2009, Vol. 18, 42-49. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2008/06-0069)
History: Received September 25, 2006 , Accepted April 4, 2008
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 2009, Vol. 18, 42-49. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2008/06-0069)
History: Received September 25, 2006; Accepted April 4, 2008
Web of Science® Times Cited: 10

Purpose: To report long-term outcomes of the first 15 preschool children treated with the Lidcombe Program by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who were inexperienced with the program and independent of the program developers. Research questions were: Would the treatment have a similar outcome with inexperienced SLPs compared to outcomes when implemented by the developers? Is treatment duration associated with pretreatment measures? Is long-term treatment outcome affected by variables associated with natural recovery?

Method: Fifteen preschool children who completed the Lidcombe Program were assessed prior to treatment and at least 12 months following treatment. Pretreatment data were obtained from archived files; follow-up data were obtained from interviews and recordings completed after the study had been planned.

Results: Measures of stuttering indicated significant changes from pretreatment to follow-up in percentage of syllables stuttered and scores on the Stuttering Severity Instrument, Third Edition. Pretreatment severity was significantly correlated with treatment time. Handedness was the only client characteristic that appeared to be related to long-term treatment outcome.

Conclusions: The treatment produced significant long-term changes in children’s speech, even when administered by SLPs newly trained in the Lidcombe Program. Treatment results appear to be influenced by pretreatment stuttering severity.

Acknowledgments
We would like to thank Melissa Bruce and Julie Reville. They brought the Lidcombe Program to the University of Vermont (UVM) and were two of the principal speech-language pathologists treating and supervising the treatment of the children described in this study. We are most grateful to Rosalee Shenker, who trained faculty at UVM in Lidcombe treatment. Finally we would like to thank Tiffany Hutchins, Rebecca McCauley, and Adine Panitch for their helpful suggestions with the manuscript.
Order a Subscription
Pay Per View
Entire American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology content & archive
24-hour access
This Article
24-hour access