Investigating parent delivery of the Lidcombe Program

Michelle Swift, Sue O'Brian, Sally Hewat, Mark Onslow, Ann Packman, Ross Menzies

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    Abstract

    The Lidcombe Program is an early childhood stuttering treatment delivered by parents in the child's everyday environment, under the guidance of a speech-language pathologist (SLP). Given the parents' central role in the treatment delivery, the way it is implemented away from the clinic and away from the SLP's input is very important. And yet, to date there has been very little investigation into this process. This study investigated to what extent parents deliver contingencies for stuttering and stutter-free speech, in structured and unstructured conversations, as directed in the treatment manual. Participants were three mothers and their children who were receiving the Lidcombe Program. They recorded two treatment sessions each week and completed a daily treatment diary. The recordings were analysed for the use of parent verbal contingencies (PVCs). This method detected differences in PVC delivery by the mothers both across and within cases over time. The results show that valuable information can be gained from analysing home treatment sessions in this way and with a few modifications this methodology would be useful in larger scale studies. The strengths and limitations of this methodology are discussed with future larger studies of this type recommended.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)308-316
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
    Volume13
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

    Keywords

    • Early childhood
    • intervention
    • Lidcombe Program
    • parent treatment delivery
    • stuttering

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