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

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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 any conclusions about the 9-month stuttering outcomes must be regarded as tentative. However, continued development of the Westmead Program is warranted, and we are currently constructing an internet version.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105708
Pages (from-to)105708
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Fluency Disorders
Volume61
Early online date8 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Trajkovski, N., O'Brian, S., Onslow, M., Packman, A., Lowe, R., Menzies, R., ... Reilly, S. (2019). A three-arm randomized controlled trial of Lidcombe Program and Westmead Program early stuttering interventions. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 61, 105708. [105708]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfludis.2019.105708