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Research shows therapy needs to be provided to preschool children who stammer in all areas of the UK says the British Stammering Association
New research could open the way for many preschool children who stammer to be prevented from a lifetime of stammering, the British Stammering Association said today.
Research published in the current British Medical Journal confirms that speech therapy, known as the Lidcombe Programme, is highly effective for pre-school children who stammer.
The British Stammering Association is very concerned that there are still too many young children who develop a stammer and who are not receiving therapy at the best time to prevent a lifetime of stammering.
"The strong evidence behind the research is exactly what is required by the NHS to justify therapy services," said British Stammering Association (BSA) chief executive Norbert Lieckfeldt. "Therapy before the age of five is very much better than waiting to see if a child might grow out of stammering."
"BSA has been campaigning for many years for therapy to be available to young children who stammer, and are currently working closely with several NHS Trusts to develop best practice models", said Mr Lieckfeldt. "Therapy needs to be available to all preschool children who stammer, in all areas of the UK."
Therapy for preschool children takes less time and money because it is easier to treat at this age, with a high success rate. With such a short timeframe, there is a real urgency to help preschool children while they are most responsive. It is imperative that the question of access to therapy be addressed by the NHS now that there is a strong scientific evidence that it works.
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Dated: September 27th, 2005
See also: New evidence for treating young children with the Lidcombe Program
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