Category: Stuttering

Lidcombe Program stuttering activities: Volume 2 printable activities for face-to-face and Skype therapy now available

When we published The Lidcombe Program for stuttering: my 10 favourite therapy activities back in 2014, we had no idea how popular it would be. Thousands of people from more than 20 countries have downloaded our free resource. Feedback has been...

/ 12 October 2016

School-age stuttering research update: mixing and matching treatments to get results

We need better treatments for school-aged children who stutter. Research groups, like the Australian Stuttering Research Centre (ASRC) and The Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania are working hard to develop and test new treatments. But front-line speech pathologists and families of...

/ 5 September 2016

Can I do stuttering therapy online via video calls?

Yes. From the comforts of a big city, it might not seem like there’s a shortage of speech pathologists with decent stuttering assessment and therapy experience. But there is. Too often, simple things have stopped people who stutter from getting...

/ 22 August 2016

Why does the Lidcombe Program for childhood stuttering work: a case of “words will never hurt me”?

The Lidcombe Program is an effective stuttering treatment for children under 6 years of age. Lidcombe Program treatment is 7.5 times more likely to reduce stuttering than natural recovery (Onslow et al., 2012). You can read more about the Lidcombe Program...

/ 21 June 2016

Not the naughty corner: time-out – a stuttering treatment for children and adults

Lots of stuttering treatments are behavioural therapies. Evidence-based examples include the Lidcombe Program for pre-schoolers who stutter and the Camperdown Program for adults who stutter. Some behavioural treatments – like the Lidcombe Program – are based on the idea of operant conditioning....

/ 29 February 2016

Stuttering treatments: what works for whom? An evidence update

Stuttering research – though voluminous, and growing – is notoriously hard to sift through and weigh for at least three reasons: with a few exceptions, different research groups tend to spend their time and funding researching and validating their own...

/ 9 November 2015

My child stutters. Is it because he’s shy? sensitive? hyper?

And why does my child’s stuttering get worse when she’s stressed out? Parents ask me sensible questions like these all the time, so I thought I’d post my thoughts here. Over the centuries, lots of researchers (and I use that...

/ 24 August 2015

Controlling stuttering: what it feels like in the real world

Speech restructuring or prolonged speech treatments, like the Camperdown Program can help adults who stutter to speak more fluently.  Often, after working with a speech pathologist, clients are able to speak with little or no stuttering in the clinic.  But using...

/ 11 April 2015

My school-age child stutters. What should I do?

We’ve got some great, evidence-based stuttering treatments for pre-schoolers and adults.  But what about for children who are at school? How do we treat school-age kids who stutter? First, a few sobering facts: 1. Stuttering gets harder to treat with age.  Academics...

/ 23 February 2015