The Lidcombe Program as an Early Stuttering Intervention in Malaysia

Etain Vong

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Results presented in Chapter 4 suggest that, although the practice of praise was relatively infrequent, Malaysian parents do praise their preschool children. Study 2 investigated Malaysian parents' responses and reactions to the approach used in the Lidcombe Program using a focus group design. Two focus groups were conducted. Findings presented in Chapter 5 complement results from Study 1 in that,v although the practice of praise was relatively uncommon, parents were willing to carry out the practice under professional advice if it was beneficial for children who stutter. Results and findings from the first two studies gave the candidate information about the issues and considerations for implementation of the Lidcombe Program with Malaysian families. These adaptations are proposed in Chapter 6. Considerations for treating bilingual children who stutter are also presented in this chapter. Study 3 which is a Phase I clinical trial reported the outcomes of implementation of the Lidcombe Program with four case studies in Malaysia. This study is described in Chapter 7. All the components of the Lidcombe Program were implemented. Some adaptations that were proposed in Chapter 6 were applied when necessary for facilitating implementation. However, it was concluded that these adaptations� were more akin to strategies,� consistent with the problem solving component inherent in the Lidcombe Program. Two participants who were bilingual, achieved near-zero levels of stuttering at 12 months posttreatment. Low levels of stuttering were also present in their untreated languages. One participant withdrew due to reasons not connected with the research or treatment. One participant completed Stage 1 but had some degree of relapse in Stage 2. Implications of this study are discussed. Finally, Chapter 8 draws together the results and implications from the three studies. Recommendations for future research are made.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
Place of PublicationAustralia
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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