Adults - Treatment
There are two basic types of treatment for stuttering that have been shown in clinical trials to be effective. These are treatments to control stuttering itself, and treatments to control the social anxiety that is associated with it. A cognitive behaviour therapy package has been developed at the Australian Stuttering Research Centre and has been shown to be effective in removing the social anxiety problems of those who stutter.
Treatments to control stuttering itself are of two kinds. For the chronic stuttering of adulthood, treatment involves learning to speak with a slightly different speech pattern that controls stuttering but sounds quite natural. The version of this treatment researched at the Australian Stuttering Research Centre is known as the Camperdown Program, and is described elsewhere at on this website. This treatment can be done face to face with a speech pathologist, or in telehealth format either by telephone or Skype over the internet.