TelePractice and stuttering
An exciting development of stuttering treatment is telepractice. In telepractice consultations, the Lidcombe and Camperdown Programs are delivered by webcam internet or phone. Not only can treatment be accessed without leaving home or work, but also it has been shown to be effective (Carey et al, 2010, 2012, 2014).
Clients report many advantages to telepractice treatment:
Does telepractice produce similar results to in-clinic therapy?
Delivery of the Camperdown program by telepractice is as effective as in-clinic treatment, but takes even fewer hours (O'Brian et al, 2008; Carey et al, 2010). Delivery of the Lidcombe Program by telepractice is as effective as in-clinic treatment, but may take longer (Lewis et al, 2008). It should therefore be reserved for cases where in-clinic treatment is not available.
What have other clients reported about telepractice?
For both programs, clients typically express that telepractice treatment is enjoyable, flexible, and less imposing on their lives. Furthermore, they find it easy to establish a constructive relationship with the clinician.
Our expertise in telepractice
Our clinic is at the forefront of telepractice. Of our clinicians, Brenda Carey and Shane Erickson have chosen telepractice as the subject of their doctoral studies. Through our close relationship with the Australian Stuttering Research Centre we are able to help this field continue to develop. Our clinicians have treated clients all over Australia and in many countries including The United Sates, Canada, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy, Lebanon, Israel, South Africa, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Dubai, Singapore, China, Japan and New Zealand.
You can arrange a telepractice consultation by emailing Brenda at http://firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carey, B., O’Brian S., Onslow M., Block S., Jones M., Packman A. A randomised controlled non-inferiority trial of a telehealth treatment for chronic stuttering: the Camperdown Program. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. 2009 Apr 22:1-20. [Epub ahead of print]
Carey, B., O’Brian, S., Onslow, M., Packman, A., & Menzies, R. (2012). Webcam delivery of the Camperdown Program for adolescents who stutter: A Phase I trial. Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 43, 370-380.
Carey, B., O’Brian, S., Lowe, R., and Onslow, M., (2014). Webcam delivery of the Camperdown Program for adolescents who stutter: A Phase ll trial. Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 45, 314–324.
Lewis C., Onslow M., Packman A., Jones M., Simpson J.A. (2008). Phase II trial of telehealth delivery of the Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 17, 139-49.