Published in Health and Medicine Week, October 10th, 2005
About 5% of children begin to stutter, usually in the third and fourth years of life. The consensus is that early intervention in the preschool years is necessary, but evidence to support this is currently lacking.
Researchers tested a new behavioral treatment (the Lidcombe programme) developed specifically for stuttering in preschool children to see whether its effects were significantly and clinically greater than those of natural recovery.
Fifty-four children aged 3-6...
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