Intervention with the lidcombe program for a bilingual school-age child who stutters in Iran

Mehdi Bakhtiar, Ann Packman

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Objective: In this study, the immediate and extended effects of the Lidcombe Program were investigated for the first time in Iran. Treatment in the Lidcombe Program is carried out by the child's parent (or carer) in the child's everyday environment. The program has been shown to be effective with preschool children who stutter (i.e. younger than 6 years) and to a lesser extent with older children. Participant and Method: The participant was a bilingual (Baluchi-Persian) boy aged 8 years 11 months. Treatment was conducted in both languages. Stuttering severity was measured in Baluchi with the parental rating scale, and in Persian with percentage of syllables stuttered (%SS). Results: The child completed stage 1 of the program in 13 weeks. %SS was less than 1 during the last 3 clinic visits and severity ratings made by the parent indicated no stuttering (severity rating = 1) for all days of the final week. Speech recordings made beyond the clinic in both languages also indicated stuttering at below 1%SS. The child met all criteria for stage 2 in both languages, over 10 months. Conclusion: This case report suggests that the Lidcombe Program could be suitable for bilingual Iranian children who stutter. Karger AG.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-304
Number of pages5
JournalFolia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Bilingual
  • Iran
  • Lidcombe Program
  • School age
  • Stuttering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing
  • LPN and LVN


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