Webcam Delivery of the Camperdown Program for Adolescents Who Stutter: A Phase II Trial Purpose This Phase II clinical trial examined stuttering adolescents' responsiveness to the Webcam-delivered Camperdown Program. Method Sixteen adolescents were treated by Webcam with no clinic attendance. Primary outcome was percentage of syllables stuttered (%SS). Secondary outcomes were number of sessions, weeks and hours to maintenance, self-reported stuttering severity, ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 2014
Webcam Delivery of the Camperdown Program for Adolescents Who Stutter: A Phase II Trial
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Brenda Carey
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Sue O'Brian
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Robyn Lowe
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Mark Onslow
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Mark Onslow: mark.onslow@sydney.edu.au
  • Editor: Marilyn Nippold
    Editor: Marilyn Nippold×
  • Associate Editor: Ellen Kelly
    Associate Editor: Ellen Kelly×
  • © American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Research Article
Research Article   |   October 2014
Webcam Delivery of the Camperdown Program for Adolescents Who Stutter: A Phase II Trial
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2014, Vol. 45, 314-324. doi:10.1044/2014_LSHSS-13-0067
History: Received August 27, 2013 , Revised April 10, 2014 , Accepted July 27, 2014
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2014, Vol. 45, 314-324. doi:10.1044/2014_LSHSS-13-0067
History: Received August 27, 2013; Revised April 10, 2014; Accepted July 27, 2014

Purpose This Phase II clinical trial examined stuttering adolescents' responsiveness to the Webcam-delivered Camperdown Program.

Method Sixteen adolescents were treated by Webcam with no clinic attendance. Primary outcome was percentage of syllables stuttered (%SS). Secondary outcomes were number of sessions, weeks and hours to maintenance, self-reported stuttering severity, speech satisfaction, speech naturalness, self-reported anxiety, self-reported situation avoidance, self-reported impact of stuttering, and satisfaction with Webcam treatment delivery. Data were collected before treatment and up to 12 months after entry into maintenance.

Results Fourteen participants completed the treatment. Group mean stuttering frequency was 6.1 %SS (range, 0.7–14.7) pretreatment and 2.8 %SS (range, 0–12.2) 12 months after entry into maintenance, with half the participants stuttering at 1.2 %SS or lower at this time. Treatment was completed in a mean of 25 sessions (15.5 hr). Self-reported stuttering severity ratings, self-reported stuttering impact, and speech satisfaction scores supported %SS outcomes. Minimal anxiety was evident either pre- or post-treatment. Individual responsiveness to the treatment varied, with half the participants showing little reduction in avoidance of speech situations.

Conclusions The Webcam service delivery model was appealing to participants, although it was efficacious and efficient for only half. Suggestions for future stuttering treatment development for adolescents are discussed.

Acknowledgment
This research was supported by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Program Grant 633007.
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