When my son was 3, he started stuttering. Being an elementary teacher I witness the struggles older children have with this issue and was determined to get him the intervention he needed as soon as possible. After having him evaluated, his stuttering was scored as moderate to severe.
The Lidcombe program was such a huge success for us. My son initially was stuttering so severely that he would jump up and down, blink his eyes or nod his head when he was stuck on a word or sound. It was heartbreaking to watch, especially when he would stop to put his hand on his head and say, "Help me, Mommy." Within a few months that was gone, and by our annual review, we were released from services because his stuttering had disappeared.
I attribute my son's success to the Lidcombe program, but also to the encouragement and support from Lori Melnitsky, our speech and language pathologist. My son adored her and still asks about when he is going to see her again. Her kindness, expertise, and dedication to her clients were invaluable in this process.
Lidcombe is a huge commitment on the part of the parents, but with the right support and guidance the frustrations of finding the time to implement it are easily overcome. And results certainly outweigh any sacrifices you might have to make. I discovered that I needed to be creative in finding time and places to do the therapy. This was often at the dinner table. On busier days, I had to squeeze it in during the car ride to or home from school. Learning to be creative with what we used was also important. On vacation to Disney World, I even grabbed a park map before breakfast one morning, and we took turns pointing out the attractions we wanted to see that day, getting in each of the praises and corrections.
Like I said, this program does require commitment on the part of the parents, but I truly don't believe that my son would have progressed so well without it. I hope anyone who uses it has as much success as we did.