Journal article

A three-arm randomized controlled trial of Lidcombe Program and Westmead Program early stuttering interventions

Natasha Trajkovski, Sue O'Brian, Mark Onslow, Ann Packman, Robyn Lowe, Ross Menzies, Mark Jones, Sheena Reilly

JOURNAL OF FLUENCY DISORDERS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

PURPOSE: To compare two experimental Westmead Program treatments with a control Lidcombe Program treatment for early stuttering. METHOD: The design was a three-arm randomized controlled trial with blinded outcome assessments 9 months post-randomization. Participants were 91 pre-school children. RESULTS: There was no evidence of difference in percentage syllables stuttered at 9 months among groups. Dropout rates were substantive and may have been connected with novel aspects of the trial design: the use of community clinicians, no exclusion criteria, and randomization of children younger than 3 years of age. CONCLUSION: The substantive dropout rate for all three arms in this trial means that ..

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