English-only treatment of bilingual speakers who stutter: Generalization of treatment effects from English to Mandarin

This research investigated whether stuttering treatment delivered in English resulted in reductions in stuttering in English and Mandarin bilingual Singaporean speakers. After English-only treatment, stuttering reductions were found to generalize to Mandarin. Stuttering reductions were significantly higher in English compared to Mandarin at 4 weeks post-IP, but there was no significant difference in the stuttering reductions between languages at the end of IP and at 12 weeks post-IP. The results of this study show that stuttering reductions can be achieved in two languages following treatment in one language only.

Lim, Valerie P.C., Lincoln, Michelle, Onslow, Mark, and Chan, Yiong Huak. (2014). English-only treatment of bilingual speakers who stutter: Generalization of treatment effects from English to Mandarin. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, doi: 10.3109/17549507.2014.979874

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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