Webcam Delivery of the Camperdown Program for Adolescents Who Stutter: A Phase I Trial PurposeThis Phase I clinical trial explored the viability of webcam Internet delivery of the Camperdown Program for adolescents who stutter.Method and ProcedureParticipants were 3 adolescents ages 13, 15, and 16 years, with moderate-severe stuttering. Each was treated with the Camperdown Program delivered by webcam with no clinic attendance. Primary outcome ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   July 2012
Webcam Delivery of the Camperdown Program for Adolescents Who Stutter: A Phase I Trial
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Brenda Carey
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney
  • Sue O’Brian
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney
  • Mark Onslow
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney
  • Ann Packman
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney
  • Ross Menzies
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney
  • Disclosure Statement
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    The Camperdown Program was developed by the Australian Stuttering Research Centre. It is a nonprofit program.
    The Camperdown Program was developed by the Australian Stuttering Research Centre. It is a nonprofit program.×
  • 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 Association
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Research Forum
Research Forum   |   July 2012
Webcam Delivery of the Camperdown Program for Adolescents Who Stutter: A Phase I Trial
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2012, Vol. 43, 370-380. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2011/11-0010)
History: Received March 1, 2011 , Accepted October 20, 2011
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2012, Vol. 43, 370-380. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2011/11-0010)
History: Received March 1, 2011; Accepted October 20, 2011
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Acknowledgment
This research was supported by Program Grant 633007 from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

PurposeThis Phase I clinical trial explored the viability of webcam Internet delivery of the Camperdown Program for adolescents who stutter.

Method and ProcedureParticipants were 3 adolescents ages 13, 15, and 16 years, with moderate-severe stuttering. Each was treated with the Camperdown Program delivered by webcam with no clinic attendance. Primary outcome measures were percentage of syllables stuttered and number of treatment sessions to maintenance. Secondary outcome measures were speech naturalness, situation avoidance, self-reported stuttering severity, and parent and adolescent satisfaction. Data were collected pre treatment and at 1 day, 6 months, and 12 months post entry to maintenance.

ResultsParticipants entered maintenance after means of 18 sessions and 11 clinician hours. Group mean reduction of stuttering from pre treatment to entry to maintenance was 83%, from pre treatment to 6 months post entry to maintenance was 93%, and from pre treatment to 12 months post entry to maintenance was 74%. Self-reported stuttering severity ratings confirmed these results. Post entry to maintenance speech naturalness for participants fell within the range of that of 3 matched controls. However, avoidance of speech situations showed no corresponding improvements for 2 of the participants.

ConclusionThe service delivery model was efficacious and efficient. All of the participants and their parents also found it appealing. Results justify a Phase II trial of the delivery model.

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