Dr. Tom Weidig, the brain behind the Stuttering Brain blog, joins Peter Reitzes to discuss his five stuttering predictions for 2012. Dr. Weidig predicts that:
1. A Dutch study (or the findings) due out soon will show no difference between Lidcombe treatment for preschoolers and a Demands and Capacities treatment approach.
2. More input from mainstream scientists on stuttering research relating to genes and biochemistry.
3. More trials on drugs but nothing much happening.
4. Discussions on blogs and podcasts might switch more to social media, especially Facebook.
5. The results from the large long-term Phase IIb trial on Pagoclone will be released. They will show that the control group (who took a placebo pill) show significant improvements. The study of this effect will force us to reconsider all outcome studies ever done and compare them to the control groups’ improvements.
Dr. Weidig also reviews the predictions he made at the very end of 2010 for 2011.
For more information on Lidcombe stuttering treatment, listeners may wish to listen to these StutterTalk podcasts:
- An Evidence Based Discussion of the Lidcombe Treatment Program for Preschoolers Who Stutter with Dr. Nan Bernstein Ratner (Episode 246)