Developing treatment for adolescents who stutter: a phase I trial of the Camperdown Program

Lang Speech Hear Serv Sch. 2008 Oct;39(4):487-97. doi: 10.1044/0161-1461(2008/07-0038).


Purpose: To investigate in detail how adolescents who stutter perform during treatment, with the aim of informing treatment development for this age group.

Method: The Camperdown Program was conducted with 3 adolescents who stutter. Their performance during treatment was recorded in detail, and outcome measures were collected before treatment and on 5 occasions after treatment.

Results: One participant responded extremely well to treatment, with percentage of syllables stuttered (%SS) scores at 12 months follow-up around 1%. In addition, his speech naturalness was within normal limits. Another participant withdrew from treatment during maintenance, yet he still approximately halved his pretreatment %SS scores and was also sounding natural after treatment. This participant was satisfied with his treatment outcome. A third participant did not reach maintenance and did not benefit from the treatment.

Conclusion: The adolescent who succeeded in treatment presented with a high level of self-confidence and maturity. When examining the factors that seemed to impact on treatment outcome, an underlying theme of decreased parent influence and increased peer influence and self-direction was detected. These are fundamental during the journey through adolescence from childhood to adulthood. Future directions in developing treatments for adolescents are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Communication
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motivation
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Peer Group
  • Practice, Psychological
  • Problem Solving
  • Self Care
  • Speech Production Measurement
  • Speech Therapy / methods*
  • Stuttering / therapy*