Waiting for speech-language pathology services: A randomised controlled trial comparing therapy, advice and device
Sharynne McLeod, Emily Davis, Katrina Rohr, Nicole McGill, Katherine Miller, Angela Roberts, Sally Thornton, Nina Ahio, Nicola Ivory
International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020
Purpose: To compare children's speech, language and early literacy outcomes, and caregivers' empowerment and satisfaction following provision of 12 sessions of direct intervention (therapy), or face-to-face advice or a purpose-built website (device) while waiting for therapy.Method: A four-stage randomised controlled trial was undertaken involving three- to six-year-old children referred to speech-language pathology waiting lists at two Australian community health centres over eight months (n = 222). Stage 1 (screening): 149 were eligible to participate. Stage 2 (pre-assessment): 117 were assessed. Stage 3 (intervention): 110 were randomised to advice (33), device (39) or therapy (38). Stage..View full abstract
Awarded by NSW Health Translational Research Grants Scheme
This research was supported by funding from the NSW Health Translational Research Grants Scheme (2017/38).