Timing of early intervention for stuttering

new evidence from clinical practice

Elizabeth Harrison, Stacey Sheedy, Wendy Lloyd

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Preschool-age stuttering children can expect to benefit from treatment with the Lidcombe Program of early stuttering intervention. However, it is clear that many young stuttering children will recover naturally. Clinicians must therefore weigh the benefits of early intervention with the likelihood that a child will recover without treatment. A Monitoring Program was implemented as a means of assisting clinicians to make an optimal decision about the timing of intervention for preschool-age clients. Results suggest that such a Program is a useful addition to service delivery models for stuttering children, with savings in clinical hours that are not detrimental to treatment outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The International Association of Logopedics & Phoniatrics, 29 August to 2 September 2004, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland Australia
EditorsBruce E Murdoch, Justine Goozee, Brooke-Mai Whelan, Kimberley Docking
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherSpeech Pathology Australia
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)1876705078
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventThe 26th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 29 Aug 20042 Sep 2004


ConferenceThe 26th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics

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