Category Archives: Parents’ Experiences of the Lidcombe Program

What information is available about parents’ experiences of the Lidcombe Program? Are self help groups for parents a useful idea?

Speech-language pathologists learn about parent experiences of the Lidcombe Program each time they treat a child with the Lidcombe Program. Questions about how the program is progressing, how it fits into daily life and how the parent feels about the program are routine. Each family will have its own perception of the treatment process.

There is some very useful and insightful research asking questions about parental experiences of the Lidcombe Program. Results discuss both obstacles and benefits regarding the practical implementation of the program, as well as perceptions of and emotional reactions to the program. Some parents suggested that self help groups may be of benefit to families of children being treated with the Lidcombe Program. This is an idea currently being explored further by speech-language pathologists.

Goodhue, R., Onslow, M., Quine, S., O’Brian, S., & Hearne, A. (2010). The Lidcombe program of early stuttering Intervention: mothers’ experiences. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 35, 70-84.