Journal article

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..

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