Treating Stuttering in Young Children Predicting Treatment Time in the Lidcombe Program Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 2000
Treating Stuttering in Young Children
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Mark Jones
    National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Clinical Trials Centre The University of Sydney Australia
  • Mark Onslow
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre The University of Sydney Australia
  • Elisabeth Harrison
    Stuttering Unit Bankstown Health Service Sydney, Australia
  • Ann Packman
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre The University of Sydney Australia
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: M.Onslow@cchs.usyd.edu.au
  • Contact author: Mark Onslow, PhD, Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe NSW 1825 Australia. Email: M.Onslow@cchs.usyd.edu.au
    Contact author: Mark Onslow, PhD, Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe NSW 1825 Australia. Email: M.Onslow@cchs.usyd.edu.au×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Speech / Research Articles
Research Article   |   December 01, 2000
Treating Stuttering in Young Children
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 2000, Vol. 43, 1440-1450. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4306.1440
History: Received June 23, 1999 , Accepted March 27, 2000
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 2000, Vol. 43, 1440-1450. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4306.1440
History: Received June 23, 1999; Accepted March 27, 2000

It is known that children may recover from stuttering without formal treatment during the first years after onset. Consequently, the timing of professional, early stuttering intervention is a pressing issue in speech-language pathology. This report presents data pertinent to this issue for 261 preschool-age children who received the Lidcombe Program of early stuttering intervention. Of these children, 250 completed the program and were considered by their clinicians to have been treated successfully. For the children who were treated successfully, logistical regression analyses were used to determine whether age, gender, period from onset to treatment, and stuttering severity related systematically to the time required for treatment. The present data confirmed previous reports that a median of 11 clinic visits was required to achieve zero or near-zero stuttering with the Lidcombe Program. Results were also consistent with a preliminary report of 14 children (C. W. Starkweather & S. R. Gottwald, 1993) showing a significant relation between stuttering severity and the time needed for treatment, with children with more severe stuttering requiring longer treatment times than children with less severe stuttering. However, results did not associate either increasing age or increased onset-to-treatment intervals with longer treatment times. This finding is not consistent with the Starkweather and Gottwald report, which linked advancing age with longer treatment time. In fact, the present data suggest that, for a short period after stuttering onset in the preschool years, a short delay in treatment does not appear to increase treatment time. An important caveat to these data is that they cannot be generalized to late childhood or early adolescence. The present findings are discussed in relation to natural recovery from stuttering.

Acknowledgment
This research was partially supported by Grant 960940 from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.
Order a Subscription
Pay Per View
Entire Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research content & archive
24-hour access
This Article
24-hour access