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Treatment for preschool age children who stutter: a randomised, multicentre, non-inferiority parallel group pragmatic trial with Mini-KIDS, the social cognitive behaviour therapy and the Lidcombe Program with 249 children


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Three treatment approaches for preschool age children who stutter are delivered and %Syllables Stuttered at 18 months post-randomisation of the three arms are compared . Mini-KIDS is a direct treatment based on principles of stuttering modification, with pseudo-stuttering, that is, deliberate stuttering, as one of the main components. The program for 4-6-year old children consists of four stages: Stage 1 = desensitization, Stage 2 = modification, Stage 3 = identification and Stage 4 = generalization. The program for 2-4-year old children does not include stage 3. Speech therapist and parent(s) are the speech model for the child. They add normal dysfluencies to their speech. Later on in treatment and if necessary, children learn to recognise and alter their stuttering moments. The social cognitive behaviour therapy contains 5 treatment phases: (1) conditioning speaking activities, (2) cognitive training focused on emotions, (3) cognitive training focused on cognitions, (4) emotional training and (5) skill training (Boey, 2010). This treatment is not directed at the speech of the children, but rather at the cognitive and emotional aspects that surround the stuttering. The Lidcombe Program (LP) is an operant program that directly provides verbal feedback to the child's stutter-free speech (mainly) and the child's stuttering (occasionally). The program comprises two stages: Stage 1 in which (near) zero levels of stuttering are achieved and Stage 2 in which the achieved (near) zero levels of stuttering are maintained for a long period of time. The LP usually takes between 11 to 23 (60-minute) treatment sessions to achieve the goals of Stage 1, i. e. (near) zero levels of stuttering. ;


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NCT number NCT05185726
Study type Interventional
Source Thomas More University of Applied Sciences
Contact Sabine Van Eerdenbrugh, Dr
Phone +3234324040
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date April 1, 2022
Completion date November 1, 2025

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