I am a mother of a boy who just turned four and has been in Lidcombe for over a year. We have barely missed an appointment in that time and I unless my son has been sick I have always implemented the home treatement. We live in Australia and attend a private clinic in Sydney... I guess the family history is pretty strong.
... Am even a bit nervous writing to you and reading your site, as of course I want to believe my son will speak fluently forever aqnd never know he stuttered. After another relapse, and my son still being in stage one of the programme after approximately 13 months of non stop weekly treatment I have started to wonder what is going on and if there is other treatment available. Also
wondering if anyone else experiencing the same situation so was relieved to read your post wanting to challenge the research. I have had a feeling for some time that Lidcombe was not going to stop my son stuttering altogether, but of course I hoped it would. My son was a week of turning three when he commenced Lidcombe (so pretty early, I was looking out for stuttering given his family history). His first assessment he was assessed as mild to moderate but she said she wrote moderate due to the family history. Then I had another son and my son overnight was unable to speak. He was crying, pulling at his tongue and telling me he coud not speak. It was heartbreaking, he went from full sentences to sigle words. The therapy intitally helped of course and he was talking again soon. He now mainly stutters full words and parts of sentences but intially showed all the stuttering behaviours including blinking and hand movements.
I of course blame myself for not implementing the programme correctly, but then my son will have a great week, and speak really fluently. We are way, way past the median time and are still in stage one of the programme, as my son has not had four to six weeks of no stutters. The first therapist contacted the stuttering unit at Sydney Uni to get extra advice and we tried other things. I have a lot of respect for the therapist. She has indicated my son will probably always stutter to some extent, and I want to help him as much as possible, and I am really looking for the best way to do it. I guess I am hoping for as much advice and gudiance as possible and have decided I will start reading about it all and will stay positive.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Mother blames herself for therapy failure
Here is another story of a mother where the Lidcombe magic did not work, and again she blames herself because the scientific outcome studies are so convincing.So it must be her fault:
by Tom Weidig