Group Lidcombe Program treatment for early stuttering: a randomized controlled trial

Arnott, Simone, Onslow, Mark, O'Brian, Sue, Packman, Ann, Jones, Mark and Block, Susan (2014) Group Lidcombe Program treatment for early stuttering: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57 5: 1606-1618. doi:10.1044/2014_JSLHR-S-13-0090

Author Arnott, Simone
Onslow, Mark
O'Brian, Sue
Packman, Ann
Jones, Mark
Block, Susan
Title Group Lidcombe Program treatment for early stuttering: a randomized controlled trial
Journal name Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1092-4388
Publication date 2014-10-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1044/2014_JSLHR-S-13-0090
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 57
Issue 5
Start page 1606
End page 1618
Total pages 13
Place of publication Rockville, MD, United States
Publisher American Speech - Language - Hearing Association
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: This study adds to the Lidcombe Program evidence base by comparing individual and group treatment of preschoolers who stutter.

Method: A randomized controlled trial of 54 preschoolers was designed to establish whether group delivery outcomes were not inferior to the individual model. The group arm used a rolling group model, in which a new member entered an existing group each time a vacancy became available. Assessments were conducted prerandomization and 9 months and 18 months postrandomization.

Results: There was no evidence of a difference between treatment arms for measures of weeks or clinic visits required, percent syllables stuttered, or parent severity ratings. However, children in the group arm consumed around half the number of speech-language pathologist hours compared with children treated individually. In addition, children in the group progressed more quickly after the treating speech-language pathologist became more practiced with the group model, suggesting the group results are conservative estimates.

Conclusions: Group delivery of the Lidcombe Program is an efficacious alternative to the individual model. Parents responded favorably to the group model, and the treating speech-language pathologists found group treatment to be more taxing but clinically gratifying.
Keyword Children
Group delivery
Lidcombe program
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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