Semin Speech Lang 2022; 43(02): 082-100
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1743208
Review Article

Lexipontix Program: Facilitating Change toward “Best Hopes” of the School-Age Child Who Stutters and the Family

George Fourlas
1   Stuttering Research and Therapy Centre, Athens, Greece
,
Katerina Ntourou
2   Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
,
Dimitris Marousos
3   EU-LEGEIN Centre, Volos, Greece
› Author Affiliations

Abstract

Lexipontix is a structured therapy program for school-age children who stutter. It is based on theoretical principles and clinical practices of cognitive behavioral therapy, parent–child interaction therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, fluency shaping, and stuttering modification. A case example of a school-age child who stutters and his family who participated in the Lexipontix program is illustrated to highlight the theoretical principles, structure, content, and clinical tools of the assessment and therapy process of the program. The Lexipontix program addresses the stuttering experience of the child and family in a holistic way. The child and family are assisted in facilitating changes in all components of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health model (i.e., body function, personal factors, activity and participation, environmental factors), which help them move toward their “best hopes” (i.e., personally meaningful change) from therapy. The role of the clinician in facilitating change is also considered. Therapy outcomes for the specific case example are presented and discussed in relation to data from a retrospective chart review. The mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of the program are explored and discussed.

Disclosures

George Fourlas:


Financial disclosure: Royalty recipient, ownership interest, and intellectual property rights for the Lexipontix program. I have co-developed the Lexipontix program and co-authored the Lexipontix program for School-age Children Who Stutter manuals (Volume I, Assessment process; Volume II, Therapy), published in Greek by Konstantaras Medical Publications, Athens, Greece. In this article, we discuss concepts that are presented in greater detail in the manuals. Finally, I am compensated for conducting training workshops on the Lexipontix program. This relationship is ongoing.


Nonfinancial disclosure: No nonfinancial relationships.


Katerina Ntourou:


Financial disclosure: Salaried full-time employee at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.


Nonfinancial disclosure: No nonfinancial relationships.


Dimitris Marousos:


Financial disclosure: Royalty recipient, ownership interest, and intellectual property rights for the Lexipontix program. I have co-developed the Lexipontix program and co-authored the Lexipontix program for School-age Children Who Stutter manuals (Volume I, Assessment process; Volume II, Therapy), published in Greek by Konstantaras Medical Publications, Athens, Greece. In this article, we discuss concepts that are presented in greater detail in the manuals. Finally, I am compensated for conducting training workshops on the Lexipontix program. This relationship is ongoing.


Nonfinancial disclosure: No nonfinancial relationships.




Publication History

Article published online:
13 June 2022

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