Developing Treatment for Adolescents Who Stutter: A Phase I Trial of the Camperdown Program Purpose To investigate in detail how adolescents who stutter perform during treatment, with the aim of informing treatment development for this age group. Method The Camperdown Program was conducted with 3 adolescents who stutter. Their performance during treatment was recorded in detail, and outcome measures were collected before ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 01, 2008
Developing Treatment for Adolescents Who Stutter: A Phase I Trial of the Camperdown Program
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Anna Hearne
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney
  • Ann Packman
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney
  • Mark Onslow
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney
  • Sue O’Brian
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney
  • Contact author: Mark Onslow, Australian Stuttering Research Centre, P.O. Box 170, Lidcombe NSW 1825. E-mail: m.onslow@usyd.edu.au.
  • Anna Hearne is now at the Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust, Auckland, New Zealand.
    Anna Hearne is now at the Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust, Auckland, New Zealand.×
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Research Article   |   October 01, 2008
Developing Treatment for Adolescents Who Stutter: A Phase I Trial of the Camperdown Program
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2008, Vol. 39, 487-497. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2008/07-0038)
History: Received June 5, 2007 , Revised December 3, 2007 , Accepted February 1, 2008
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2008, Vol. 39, 487-497. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2008/07-0038)
History: Received June 5, 2007; Revised December 3, 2007; Accepted February 1, 2008
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Purpose To investigate in detail how adolescents who stutter perform during treatment, with the aim of informing treatment development for this age group.

Method The Camperdown Program was conducted with 3 adolescents who stutter. Their performance during treatment was recorded in detail, and outcome measures were collected before treatment and on 5 occasions after treatment.

Results One participant responded extremely well to treatment, with percentage of syllables stuttered (%SS) scores at 12 months follow-up around 1%. In addition, his speech naturalness was within normal limits. Another participant withdrew from treatment during maintenance, yet he still approximately halved his pretreatment %SS scores and was also sounding natural after treatment. This participant was satisfied with his treatment outcome. A third participant did not reach maintenance and did not benefit from the treatment.

Conclusion The adolescent who succeeded in treatment presented with a high level of self-confidence and maturity. When examining the factors that seemed to impact on treatment outcome, an underlying theme of decreased parent influence and increased peer influence and self-direction was detected. These are fundamental during the journey through adolescence from childhood to adulthood. Future directions in developing treatments for adolescents are discussed.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
This report was prepared with support from Grant 211231 from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.
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