Telehealth Adaptation of the Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention Five Case Studies Research Article
Research Article  |   February 01, 2004
Telehealth Adaptation of the Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Linda Wilson, PhD
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • Mark Onslow
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • Michelle Lincoln
    School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • Contact author: Linda Wilson, PhD, School of Community Health, Charles Sturt University, P.O. Box 789, Albury, NSW, Australia 2640.
    Contact author: Linda Wilson, PhD, School of Community Health, Charles Sturt University, P.O. Box 789, Albury, NSW, Australia 2640.×
  • Corresponding author: E-mail: liwilson@csu.edu.au
  • * Currently affiliated with the School of Community Health, Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia.
    Currently affiliated with the School of Community Health, Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia.×
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   February 01, 2004
Telehealth Adaptation of the Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 2004, Vol. 13, 81-92. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2004/009)
History: Received June 5, 2003 , Accepted November 4, 2003
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 2004, Vol. 13, 81-92. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2004/009)
History: Received June 5, 2003; Accepted November 4, 2003

This article describes and reports databased outcomes of a low-tech telehealth adaptation of the Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention. Participants were 5 children with early stuttering, ranging in age from 3;5 (years;months) to 5;7, and their families. All children met the speech criteria for completion of Stage 1 of the Lidcombe Program. Data suggested that the treatment method may be viable and that favorable outcomes may be achievable. Mean posttreatment stuttering rates in everyday speaking situations were available 12 months posttreatment for 4 children. Two children scored a mean percent syllables stuttered of less than 1.0 at that time, and 2 children scored a mean of below 2.0. As occurs often in standard delivery of the Lidcombe Progam, 1 child relapsed after Stage 1, apparently because of parental noncompliance, but this relapse was managed successfully. Follow up data were unavailable for 1 child. For 4 of the 5 cases, the number of consultations required exceeded established benchmarks for standard Lidcombe Program delivery, suggesting that telephonebased telehealth may be a less efficient version of the treatment. The implications of these preliminary data are discussed.

Acknowledgments
We acknowledge the assistance of Stacey Sheedy and Isabelle Rousseau during the preparation of this article. We also sincerely thank the participants and their parents for their participation in this research. Completion of this project was made possible with National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Project Grant 153762. The first author acknowledges, with thanks, support given to her by the Cumberland Foundation.
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