Syllable-Timed Speech Treatment for School-Age Children Who Stutter: A Phase I Trial Purpose: This clinical trial determined the outcomes of a simple syllable-timed speech (STS) treatment for school-age children who stutter.Method: Participants were 10 children, ages 6–11 years, who stutter. Treatment involved training the children and their parents to use STS at near normal speech rates. The technique was practiced ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   July 2012
Syllable-Timed Speech Treatment for School-Age Children Who Stutter: A Phase I Trial
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Cheryl Andrews
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Sue O’Brian
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Elisabeth Harrison
    Macquarie University, Australia
  • Mark Onslow
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Ann Packman
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Ross Menzies
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Correspondence to Mark Onslow: mark.onslow@sydney.edu.au
  • Editor: Marilyn Nippold
    Editor: Marilyn Nippold×
  • Associate Editor: Ilsa Schwarz
    Associate Editor: Ilsa Schwarz×
  • © 2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Research Forum
Research Forum   |   July 2012
Syllable-Timed Speech Treatment for School-Age Children Who Stutter: A Phase I Trial
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2012, Vol. 43, 359-369. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2012/11-0038)
History: Received May 31, 2011 , Revised November 17, 2011 , Accepted February 24, 2012
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2012, Vol. 43, 359-369. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2012/11-0038)
History: Received May 31, 2011; Revised November 17, 2011; Accepted February 24, 2012
Web of Science® Times Cited: 2

Purpose: This clinical trial determined the outcomes of a simple syllable-timed speech (STS) treatment for school-age children who stutter.

Method: Participants were 10 children, ages 6–11 years, who stutter. Treatment involved training the children and their parents to use STS at near normal speech rates. The technique was practiced in the clinic and at home with the parents during everyday conversations.

Results: Nine months after commencing treatment, stuttering had decreased by >50% for half of the children, with 2 children attaining 81% and 87% reduction. Intention-to-treat analysis showed a clinically and statistically significant reduction in stuttering for the group even when a withdrawn participant was included. These results were mostly confirmed by self-reported stuttering severity ratings and were supported by improved situation avoidance and quality-of-life scores. There was considerable individual variation in response to the treatment.

Conclusion: STS shows promise as a treatment for some school-age children who stutter. As a fluency technique, it is simple to learn and simple to teach, and the children in this study appeared to enjoy the treatment. The efficacy of the treatment could likely be improved with modifications.

Acknowledgment
This research was supported by a grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.
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