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Best Evidence Statement (BESt). Evidence Based Practice for Stuttering Home Programs in Speech-Language Pathology

Mewherter, M., & Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. (2012).
Cincinnati (OH): Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, (BESt 137), 1-7.
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Thie guideline provides recommendations for the treatment of preschool and early school-aged children who stutter.

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Recommendations were based on levels of evidence defined as follows:
  • Level 1a or 1b Evidence: good quality systematic review, meta-analysis, or meta-synthesis of multiple studies
  • Level 2a or 2b Evidence: best study design for domain 
  • Level 3a or 3b Evidence: fair study design for domain
  • Level 4a or 4b Evidence: weak study design for domain
  • Level 5a or 5b Evidence: general review, expert opinion, case report, consensus report, or guideline
  • Level 5 Evidence: local consensus
Note: A sublevel of "a" represents a good quality study and a sublevel of "b" represents a lesser quality study within the same level.

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"It is recommended that Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) provide services with a home program component for preschool and school age children who stutter to reduce their percent stuttered syllables" (Level 2a, 4a, & 4b Evidence; p. 1).

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