Authors: Ferdinands B, Bridgman K
Title: An investigation into the relationship between parent satisfaction and child fluency in the Lidcombe Program: Clinic versus telehealth delivery
Source: International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 2019 21(4): 347-354
Year: 2019
Research Design: Randomised Controlled Trial
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Purpose: Parents have a vital role in the delivery of the Lidcombe Program when treating stuttering in young children. Research into parent experiences and perceptions throughout the Lidcombe Program is currently limited. Qualitative literature indicates that parent experiences and child progress are closely linked with program duration. This preliminary quantitative study examined parent satisfaction with child fluency at three time points. Data from clinic and telehealth delivery of the Lidcombe Program were used to further explore between-group non-inferiority. Method: The data were drawn from a parallel, non-inferiority, randomised controlled trial. Forty-nine children were randomised to the clinic or telehealth group. Parent satisfaction ratings with child fluency, the percentage of syllables stuttered and parent reported severity ratings were measured pre-treatment, 9 months and 18 months post-commencement of treatment. Result: An increase in parent satisfaction paralleled a decrease in stuttering severity across the three time points universally, however, the relationship between parent satisfaction and stuttering severity was not found at every time point. Conclusion: Though a general increase in parent satisfaction was seen as severity decreased, a global assumption on satisfaction cannot be made based on stuttering severity when measured using an ordinal scale.

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