Considering Lidcombe method for my son
- My son, who is now four, has been receiving speech therapy since
October (three times per week, 1/2 hour per session). At the time of
his initial evaluation, he was deemed "severely dysfluent" and most
often exhibited part-word repetitions and severe eye blinking. He
has made amazing progress in what I consider a short period of time.
We rarely hear part-word repetitions anymore, but he has now started
exhibiting severe prolongations. His dysfluency has always been
fairly intermittent (i.e., months of dysfluency followed by months of
relative fluency). His therapist has voiced to me her concern about
the prolongations now, as he does not appear to be able to overcome
this problem as well as he did the part-word repetitions.
The therapist has suggested the Lidcombe method as a possibility.
She is not yet trained in it, but her supervisor (who did our son's
initial evaluation) is. I have just begun researching this method
and would like to know if it is successful in overcoming
prolongations as compared to part-word repetitions.
We are a bit frustrated in that our current therapist is a bit young
and sometimes gives us conflicting advice, such as asking us to point
out his dysfluencies when they occur, and then in a matter of days
asking us not to do that but rather asking us to point out fluent
Any advice or suggestions would be most welcome, as we really want to
do all we can to help him overcome this. His therapy is currently
covered by our school district, but as things stand now I don't
believe he will qualify for an IEP for next year, when he starts
kindergarten. Any therapy he undergoes after the end of this
academic year will be self-pay for us, so we are wanting to maximize
any and all therapy possibilities.
- Susan, I think you will find that the Lidcombe program will help you. Make sure you find someone who knows the program. Where do you live?
Center for Speech
374 Central Ave.
New Haven, CT 06515
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