[The situation has changed after writing this post, and Brenda Carey has changed her website. Please see here.]
A reader has pointed me to this rather outrageously marketed website Stop Stuttering by Dr Brenda Carey. A highly irresponsible marketing strategy if you ask me: to suggest that you stop (a marketing place holder for cure?) stuttering with her, even for kids. The sentence "Stop Stuttering with Dr Carey" reads in parents and pws's mind as "Dr Carey can make you stop stuttering".She falls below the ethical standards that I would expect of a therapist.
I find her advertising blatandly scientifically misleading the visitors to her website. She writes that
"This means that it has most research evidence to support its use" and "The Lidcombe Program is a highly effective treatment for children who stutter" citing Jones, M., Onslow, M., Packman, A., Williams, S., Ormond, T., Schwarz, I., et al. (2005). Randomised controlled trial of the Lidcombe Programme of early stuttering intervention. British Medical Journal, 331, 659-661.But guess what? She has forgotten the negative follow-up study, but she is in line with her Lidcombe folks: CLAIM SUPPORTING EVIDENCE BUT IGNORE BAD EVIDENCE. Whether they do it on purpose or are just very bad scientists: I leave this to your opinion. But the fact is that no-one ever about talks the follow-up study of the flawed original Lidcombe study: Three of the children (16%) who had completed treatment successfully had relapsed after 2 or more years of speech that was below 1% syllables stuttered. That's about the recovery rate! Not to speak about those that could not be contacted again and many other methodological weaknesses. But you could argue that those who would not have recovered anyway have lighter stuttering symptoms. Fine but no cures proven as far as I see. No stopping of stuttering.
She further writes that The Lidcombe Program can reduce stuttering to very low levels, on average, in 17 hours. Sounds a bit like saying: You can reduce your weight by 10 kilos in one month. Yes, you can. So ladies tell me: Did you keep the lost weight off?
Mark Onslow and Ann Packman, are these your high ethical and scientific standards that you have taught Dr Brenda Carey?