Adults

Camperdown Program

The most common way of treating stuttering is called speech restructuring. This involves learning to speak in a slightly different way so that stuttering can be controlled during everyday life. The technique requires some effort but some people who stutter find that it can make a big difference to their lives.

Researchers at the Australian Stuttering Research Centre and colleagues around Australia have developed a speech restructuring technique called the Camperdown Program. You can view the most recent version of the Camperdown Program Treatment Manual here. A randomised controlled trial showed that this treatment can work by telehealth. In other words, the client and therapist can be far apart, even in different countries. A qualified speech-language pathologist can do telehealth Camperdown treatment using webcam over the Internet.

Anxiety

adult group treatment

Anxiety about speaking is commonly reported by adults who stutter. Anxiety of this type can impact on occupational performance and participation, and may also interfere with social activities. Further, anxiety problems may interfere with using prolonged speech. Specifically, the presence of anxiety disorders and related conditions may lead to poorer outcomes from prolonged speech programs. For all of these reasons, we recommend addressing anxiety whenever it is present.

The treatment of choice for social anxiety is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or CBT, a scientifically established psychological approach to the management of dysfunctional behaviour that does not involve medication. CBT is based upon the relationship between an individual’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Treatment focuses on thoughts and behaviours that are presently causing distress or interfering with an individual’s life. The sufferer is taught to eliminate avoidance behaviours, confront their fears, and reappraise negative or unhelpful thinking patterns.

The Australian Stuttering Research Centre team have developed a standalone Internet treatment specifically to treat the social anxiety of those who stutter. This website provides treatment for social anxiety without the need for a clinical psychologist or a speech-language pathologist. We are in the process of enabling the web-based anxiety program to be available free of charge to the public. It is anticipated that the program will be ready late-2017.

Adult Maintenance Day

The Australian Stuttering Research Centre offers maintenance days a few times a year. Adults who have previously completed Smooth Speech Treatment or the Camperdown Program are welcome to attend. The aim of these maintenance days is to revise and practice an already acquired speech technique in a supportive environment. The day typically encompasses individual and small group work according to client needs, personal goals and interests. For further information, or to register your interest, email . The registration form for upcoming maintenance days can be found here.

Maintenance day dates are also advertised on our home page under ‘highlights’ so watch that space for upcoming events. This program is made possible by the generous support of the Freilich Foundation.

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