Clinical Outcomes of the Intensive Stuttering Clinic for Adolescents and Adults Introduction Studies have explored the benefits of the Intensive Stuttering Clinic for Adolescents and Adults (ISCAA), intensive therapy, and follow-up programs for treating adults and adolescents who stutter. Purpose The purpose of this study was to explore the outcomes of participants who completed the ISCAA ... Article
Article  |   September 06, 2018
Clinical Outcomes of the Intensive Stuttering Clinic for Adolescents and Adults
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lauren DeBelly
    SLP Program, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
  • Rodney Gabel
    SLP Program, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
  • Farzan Irani
    Communication Disorders, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
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  • Financial: Lauren DeBelly has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Rodney Gabel has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Farzan Irani has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Part 1
Article   |   September 06, 2018
Clinical Outcomes of the Intensive Stuttering Clinic for Adolescents and Adults
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2018, Vol. 3, 17-29. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG4.17
History: Received December 19, 2017 , Revised June 1, 2018 , Accepted June 26, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2018, Vol. 3, 17-29. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG4.17
History: Received December 19, 2017; Revised June 1, 2018; Accepted June 26, 2018

Introduction Studies have explored the benefits of the Intensive Stuttering Clinic for Adolescents and Adults (ISCAA), intensive therapy, and follow-up programs for treating adults and adolescents who stutter.

Purpose The purpose of this study was to explore the outcomes of participants who completed the ISCAA at The University of Toledo over 2 consecutive summers. Specifically, this study seeks to identify treatment outcomes for clients attending the 1- and 2-week variations of the ISCAA and 6-month personalized follow-up therapy.

Method The study used an outcome-based design. Data gathered included measures of stuttering frequency, stuttering severity, communication attitudes, and impact of stuttering. These measures were gathered preintensive therapy, postintensive therapy, and after a 6-month follow-up therapy program.

Results Results were analyzed descriptively. Effect size (Cohen's d) was used to assess the clinical importance of changes between the preintensive, postintensive, and 6-month follow-up data. Strong effects were noted for changes made for all participants on speech-related measures. The group attending the 1-week intensive clinic reported small changes in communication attitudes and impact between the 3 periods of measurement. Those attending the 2-week clinic reported positive changes in the communication attitude and impact measures that were maintained at 6-month follow-up.

Discussion These results suggest that this intensive program for stuttering was beneficial for those who attended.

Acknowledgments
The authors received no payment from grants. There was a grant to support direct costs, provided by the Psi Iota Xi sorority.
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