The Lidcombe Program and child language development: Long-term assessment

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Imeson, Juliet, Lowe, Robyn, Onslow, Mark, Munro, Natalie, Heard, Rob, O'Brian, Sue and Arnott, Simone. (2018). The Lidcombe Program and child language development: Long-term assessment. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics. 32(9), pp. 860 - 875. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2018.1448897
AuthorsImeson, Juliet, Lowe, Robyn, Onslow, Mark, Munro, Natalie, Heard, Rob, O'Brian, Sue and Arnott, Simone
Abstract

This study was driven by the need to understand the mechanisms underlying Lidcombe Program treatment efficacy. The aim of the present study was to extend existing data exploring whether stuttering reductions observed when children successfully treated with the Lidcombe Program are associated with restricted language development. Audio recordings of 10-min parent–child conversations at home were transcribed verbatim for 11 pre-school-age children with various stuttering severities. Language samples from three assessments—pre-treatment, 9 and 18 months after beginning treatment—were analysed using SALT software for lexical diversity, utterance length and sentence complexity. At 18 months posttreatment commencement, the children had attained and maintained statistically significant stuttering reductions. During that period, there was no evidence that Lidcombe Program treatment was associated with restricted language development. The continued search for the mechanisms underlying this successful treatment needs to focus on other domains.

Keywordsstuttering; stutter; children; treatment; language impairment
Year2018
JournalClinical Linguistics & Phonetics
Journal citation32 (9), pp. 860 - 875
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1476-9670
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2018.1448897
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85044039310
Page range860 - 875
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Grant IDnhmrc/633007
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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