Timing of Early Intervention In the August 2002 issue of Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, Bruce Ryan and Barbara Ryan state“ ....I respectfully disagree with Onslow and associates that all [author’s italics] preschool stuttering children need immediate treatment” (P.15). We found this to be an intriguing statement, for we believe that, in ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2002
Timing of Early Intervention
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  • Mark Onslow
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of SydneySydney, Australia
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Article   |   December 01, 2002
Timing of Early Intervention
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, December 2002, Vol. 12, 25. doi:10.1044/ffd12.3.25
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, December 2002, Vol. 12, 25. doi:10.1044/ffd12.3.25
In the August 2002 issue of Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, Bruce Ryan and Barbara Ryan state“ ....I respectfully disagree with Onslow and associates that all [author’s italics] preschool stuttering children need immediate treatment” (P.15).
We found this to be an intriguing statement, for we believe that, in recent years, we have neither written, said, nor even thought, anything that warrants Dr. Ryan’s disagreement. To the contrary, we have published considerable theoretical and empirical material supportive of a delay in early intervention in the hope that natural recovery will occur .This is an essential consideration in recent years in the field of early stuttering management, now that prospective, objective, and replicated speech data have verified the occurrence of natural recovery.
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