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Monday, May 27th, 2013

University of Sydney makes stuttering research accessible online

The Australian Stuttering Research Centre at the University of Sydney now has links on its website that students in the university’s speech pathology programming, as well as healthcare professionals and the general public, may find helpful.

Some of the basic research conducted at the centre involves clinical trials of innovative treatments to control stuttering, including treatments for children (the Lidcombe Program) and treatment for adults and teens (the Camperdown Program).

In an effort to make those treatments more accessible to those who stutter, the University of Sydney’s Australian Stuttering Research Centre announced it is currently developing them for use online.

To that end, the centre at the University of Sydney has already made available links on its website including resources for health professionals (in addition to students and the public) exploring everything from the brochures about the Lidcombe Program, Camperdown Program and anxiety programming, to program guides and speech rating charts.

Translations are also being undertaken to make the Lidcombe Program accessible in other languages, but in the meantime this provides a valuable resource for students in the university’s speech pathology program, as well as for healthcare professionals and the general public to download and refer to.

The Australian Stuttering Research Centre was established in 1996 in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Cumberland Campus of the University of Sydney. The purpose of the centre is to establish and publicize knowledge about stuttering and its treatment.

The centre notes that stuttering is a common disorder in which speech is interrupted by repeated movements and fixed postures of the speech mechanism. A recent study which followed a group of Australian infants found that by 48 months, 12.2 per cent of toddlers had begun to stutter, the centre said.

The university said that researchers contribute significantly to the course work in the University of Sydney speech pathology program and students have access to the on-site teaching clinic which services the community and gives candidates the opportunity for hands-on experience.

More about the Speech Pathology program at the University of Sydney: Speech Pathology at Sydney has a long and proud history of producing high-quality graduates who go on to be expert clinicians, leaders of the profession and international researchers in communication sciences and disorders. Sydney’s Speech Pathology Discipline is the largest speech pathology department in the Australian state of New South Wales and one of the largest in Australia.


Learn more about studying speech pathology at the University of Sydney! Find out more about speech pathology in Australia at Australian universities.