An Approach to the Evaluation of Stuttering Therapy This paper describes a procedure for evaluating the outcome of treatment for stuttering therapy. The usefulness of the procedure will be illustrated in the assessment of a therapy program which the authors conducted. Three issues associated with treatment outcome evaluation are considered. First, repeated measures of frequency of stuttering and ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1972
An Approach to the Evaluation of Stuttering Therapy
 
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  • Gavin Andrews
    University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • Roger J. Ingham
    University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
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Research Article   |   June 01, 1972
An Approach to the Evaluation of Stuttering Therapy
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1972, Vol. 15, 296-302. doi:10.1044/jshr.1502.296
History: Received February 24, 1971
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1972, Vol. 15, 296-302. doi:10.1044/jshr.1502.296
History: Received February 24, 1971

This paper describes a procedure for evaluating the outcome of treatment for stuttering therapy. The usefulness of the procedure will be illustrated in the assessment of a therapy program which the authors conducted. Three issues associated with treatment outcome evaluation are considered. First, repeated measures of frequency of stuttering and rate of speech are regarded as minimal requirements. Self-report questionnaires appear to provide additional relevant information. Second, it appears important to demonstrate, in treatment, that improvements in fluency are not simply “laboratory-bound.” Third, attention is drawn to the need for repeated posttreatment evaluation of speech behavior in general, and to the advantage of covert posttreatment assessment in particular.

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