Purpose: The current study aimed to benchmark clinical outcomes for preschool-aged clients (2;0–5;11 years old) that attended a student-led clinic and undertook the Lidcombe Program. Method: A case file audit was undertaken for all preschool clients who attended the clinic between February 2008 and February 2013 and commenced the Lidcombe Program. Clients were grouped according to Stage 1 completion. A mixed ANOVA was used to test for differences between the groups in initial and final percentage syllables stuttered (%SS). Associations between case variable factors and treatment duration were investigated using Pearson correlations. Result: Clients who completed Stage 1 had final %SS and severity rating (SR) scores comparable to the literature; however, the median Stage 1 duration was greater. Over half of the clients (57%) withdrew prior to completing Stage 1. These clients had a significantly higher %SS at final treatment session than their completing peers. Initial %SS and SR scores were the only case variables associated with treatment duration. Conclusion: Students can achieve the same short-term treatment outcomes for children who stutter using the Lidcombe Program as the current published literature; however, treatment duration is greater and may impact completion. Implications of this for clinical education are discussed.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- Lidcombe Program
- student-led clinic
- treatment outcome