Response to Onslow First, let me apologize for causing any confusion about the Lidcombe Program. I believe it to be a well-researched, effective, and efficient, evidence-based program for treating preschool children who stutter (e.g., Ryan, 2001a ., Ryan, 2001b; Ryan & Ryan, 2002). My use of the words “all” and “immediate” referred to ... Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   September 01, 2003
Response to Onslow
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  • Bruce P. Ryan
    California State University, Long Beach
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Viewpoints
Viewpoint   |   September 01, 2003
Response to Onslow
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, September 2003, Vol. 13, 37. doi:10.1044/ffd13.1.37
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, September 2003, Vol. 13, 37. doi:10.1044/ffd13.1.37
First, let me apologize for causing any confusion about the Lidcombe Program. I believe it to be a well-researched, effective, and efficient, evidence-based program for treating preschool children who stutter (e.g., Ryan, 2001a ., Ryan, 2001b; Ryan & Ryan, 2002). My use of the words “all” and “immediate” referred to the results of my analysis of a major portion of the published data on the Lidcombe Program available at that time (Ryan, 2001c) . This analysis suggested that a number of preschool children treated by Onslow and associates might have spontaneously recovered, if left untreated (Ryan, 2001b, 2001c), based on the downward trend of their pretreatment stuttering. That observation is the basis of my use of the words “all,” meaning both those children who would persist and those who would recover, and “immediate,” meaning only 2 months of pretreatment baserate. My data suggest extensive baserate (15 months) may be needed to accurately predict spontaneous recovery (Ryan, 2001b) . I take solace in the fact that my use of the words, “all” and “immediate” encouraged Onslow to clarify his position.
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