There are several treatment options available for children who stutter. This article seeks to provide an outline of the evidence-based speech therapy options available. Therapy for stuttering may be provided with the guidance of a qualifed speech pathologist.
The Camperdown Program works on manipulation of speech to help control stuttering. This slows down speech rate to assist with fluency control. The Camperdown can be successful for older children in their early teens. However, it is not usually as successful for younger children.
The Lidcombe Program
The Lidcombe Program uses behavioural reinforcement for stutter-free speech and stuttering. This can be used with some success for older children. However, the Lidcombe program is usually not as effective once children become more mature or pass early primary school age.
The Westmead Program
The Westmead Program is a type of syllable-timed speech technique which involves sentences that have the same stress across each syllable. The program is designed for preschool aged children who stutter. A combination of Lidcombe and Camperdown Program has been recently researched by Cheryl Andrews and her colleagues from the Australian Stuttering Research Centre – ASRC with promising results.
In order to determine the appropriate treatment for your child it is essential that he or she be properly assessed by a qualified speech pathologist. Following speech assessment, a formal treatment plan can be recommended. With the care and evidence based therapy of a speech pathologist, excellent results are achievable for stuttering treatment.
This article was written by our Speech Pathologist Ashleigh Fattah who is a Speech Pathology Australia member. If you have difficulties with speech or would like treatment for stuttering, make an appointment. We‘ll provide you with effective therapy targeted to your concerns. Contact us today.
1. Australian Stuttering Research Centre – ASRC
2. Trajkovski N., Andrews C., Onslow M., O’Brian S., Packman A., Menzies R. (2011). A phase II trial of the Westmead Program: Syllable-timed speech treatment for pre-school children who stutter. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 13(6): 500-509. pubmed link
3. The Westmead Program for Stuttering treatment. article link