Lidcombe Program Basics – Therapy ideas are demonstrated

Ok, so we finally get to the component where the clinician is working directly with the child. Even then… this should be a three way activity with the parent joining in and gradually taking over from the clinician. This allows the clinician to evaluate the viability of, and any issues with, the parent doing the […]

Lidcombe Program Special Interest Group 18 September 2020

The next meeting for the Lidcombe Program SIG is Wednesday 18 September 2020, 4-6pm. We meet twice per year and update each other on current research, clinical issues and clinical sharing about our work with young children who stutter. At our next meeting, we will be looking at Telepractice and the Lidcombe Program. You can […]

Lidcombe Program Basics – The parent and child demonstrate home practice

This is such a key part of each session. Most parents are uncomfortable to start with but the clinician should provide a safe and supportive environment where trial and error, failure and giving it a go are encouraged. I always ask parents to bring in three things to each session: 1. The severity rating chart […]

Lidcombe Program Basics – Checking on home practice

Before the parent and child demonstrates some home practice, we discuss the how things went at home in great detail. Setting, tracking and monitoring the ‘treatment dose’ is key to making sense of the severity rating chart. Treatment can be adjusted and developed depending on what’s happening at home. The parent knows from the outset […]

Lidcombe Program Basics – Speech Sampling

Just like the severity rating chart, speech sampling is a non-negotiable component of Lidcombe Program therapy sessions. The beginning of each session involves listening to the child speaking in an everyday talking context. The sample can be elicited by the clinician, the parent or both. I tend to avoid providing toys and games at this […]

Switching to Telepractice from 23 March 2020

I am excited to announce I am ready to Zoom!Zoom is the tele-health platform I will be using to offer all clients online therapy sessions.Importantly, and in line with Government directives, all face-to-face appointments will be changed to Zoom appointments or telephone consultations effective from today. I will be in touch with all clients before their next […]

Speech therapy in the time of Coronavirus…

You may be starting to wonder whether you should attend your next appointment with me. Appointments All appointments are proceeding as scheduled at this stage.  The current risk of transmission of Covid-19 remains low. The only parents who should reschedule an appointment are those that need to be quarantined at home: Children/parents who have returned from overseas travel […]

Lidcombe Program Special Interest Group 20 March 2020

The next meeting for the Lidcombe Program SIG is Wednesday 20 March 2020, 4-6pm. We meet twice per year and update each other on current research, clinical issues and clinical sharing about our work with young children who stutter. At our next meeting, we will be looking at Syllable Timed Speech and the Westmead Program […]

With the roll of the dice…

Dice are a really neat way of incorporating massed practice and improving output and productivity in Talking Practice in the Lidcombe Program (and in speech sounds therapy too). Dice add a playful and competitive vibe to what can otherwise be a bit of a dull talking task. Large chunky foam dice are less likely to […]

Lidcombe Program Talking Practice Ideas – Card Games

It’s Therapy Thursday again… Early on in the Lidcombe Program, once the parent and child are doing well with picture books, I usually introduce simple, structured card games. The aim of varying the activities in talking practice sessions is to start to emulate the idea of generalisation.  That is, the child practices stutter free speech in […]

October 22 – International Stuttering Awareness Day!

Yesterday, October 22 was International Stuttering Awareness Day! There are many theories and popular beliefs about what causes stuttering. However, despite considerable scientific research from the second half of the 20th century, the cause of the disorder remains a mystery. All we can say at present is that stuttering involves some problem with the neural processing—the […]

Lidcombe Program Talking Practice Ideas – Barrier Games

It’s Therapy Thursday! Who Knew how useful Barrier Games can be… This is my first post about therapy ideas for use in Talking Practice Sessions (aka Structured Conversations) in the Lidcombe Program. Feel free to share your ideas here too.  These posts are pitched at Speech Pathologists.  If you are a parent of a child […]

Lidcombe Program Special Interest Group Meeting 17 October 2018

The next meeting for the Lidcombe Program SIG is next month, on Wednesday 17 October 4-6pm. We meet about twice per year and update each other on current research, clinical issues and clinical sharing about trials and tribulations in our work with young children who stutter. Recently we have been thrashing out issues around the […]

Speech Pathology Australia Professional Development Event: Paediatric Fluency: What to do when?

Last week, I was fortunate to attend a one day seminar presented by Dr Kate Bridgman from La Trobe University. Kate has researched and practiced in the field of stuttering for many years and has developed particular expertise in delivering evidenced based therapies via tele-practice. Kate provided a timely reminder about what our national professional […]

Scenari-Aid – an online tool for practising your fluency technique

As well as working with young children who stutter, I also work with adolescents and adults who stutter, using the Camperdown Program. Scenari-Aid in an Australian based site which has loads of simulated scenarios for practising speech and language goals. Its a great ‘bridge’ in therapy for helping clients to generalise their fluency technique into […]

Happy Speech Pathology Week!

Here’s a few more facts about early stuttering: Nearly 14% of all children start stuttering by 4 years of age. About 75% of children who stutter, recover spontaneously. Only 6.3% recover spontaneously in the first year after onset. Early intervention remains key in preventing lifelong stuttering. Children who are treated using the Lidcombe Program are […]

WA Lidcombe Link Day

Our first meeting took place here in Perth, WA, on 14 October.  It was a small and select group but there was plenty of passion and lots of sharing about using the Lidcombe Program with young children who stutter and ensuring evidence-based practice and great outcome for our clients. We were fortunate to have Dr […]

New initiative in progress: A Lidcombe Link Day for Speech Pathologists in WA

I had fully intended to be blogging a plenty after Speech Pathology Australia’s national conference last month in Perth. The conference was a fantastic opportunity to catch up on current trends and research and best practice. I have been busy assimilating a lot of new information with my local group of clinicians. We are a […]

Research Update: Verbal contingencies in the Lidcombe Program

An investigation of the role of parental request for self-correction of stuttering in the Lidcombe Program by Donaghy et al. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 2015; 5, 511-517 The use of verbal contingencies is a key component of the Lidcombe Program. Speech Therapy research on the Lidcombe Program is ongoing and is constantly scrutinising all […]

At this time, for children under 6 years old, “the Lidcombe Program offers the best evidence for an effective intervention for children who stutter”

At this time, for children under 6 years old, “the Lidcombe Program offers the best evidence for an effective intervention for children who stutter” I have just taken a look at this from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website’s “Evidence Maps”. The statement is drawn from this article: Behavioral Stuttering Interventions for Children and Adolescents: […]

Lidcombe Program Treatment Guide

This guide is available on the Australian Stuttering Research Centre: This document is great for both parents and clinicians. The guide helps ensure that the therapy is delivered correctly. Parents can check if their child is indeed receiving the Lidcombe Program and not a ‘mish mash’ of approaches. Clinicians can refer to the guide […]

New fees set for 2016

Dear Clients I have now just received my provider number from Medicare Australia. YAY!! This means that you will now be able to claim rebates with your insurance company. I have provided the HBF Item Numbers alongside the fees for easy reference. For international (telehealth) clients based outside of Australia, fees may also be charged […]

New contact details

Greetings! We are busy resettling into our new home here in Perth. The therapy room is currently being set up and organised. I am happy to take enquiries from any parents who are worried about their child’s stutter. I give obligation-free advice. Being informed and having choices is key to feeling less stressed about your […]


Fiona is RELOCATING! After being in the UK and the Netherlands for the past 19 years, I am returning to Perth in Western Australia on 1st December 2015. What started out in 1997 as a working holiday for 1-2 years, turned into quite the journey. I met a wonderful man, Keith Curtis, and we married […]