Marie-Christine Franken, Ph.D., graduated in Linguistics (1985), certified as a Speech-Language Pathologist (1989), and finished her dissertation (1997). From 1985 to 1994 she worked as a clinical researcher in stuttering at the University Medical Centre Radboud Nijmegen, NL, and specialised as a Fluency Expert. In 1994 she moved to Erasmus University Medical Centre, Sophia’s Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam, NL. In her current position she combines clinical work and research. Her area of clinical expertise is stuttering in pre-schoolers and speech motor disorders in children. Her research is focused on treatment evaluation in preschool stuttering children and speech disorders in very preterm children. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluency Disorders.
Keynote: In the early months of 2013, a two year study on treatment with young children will come to an end. Two wellknown types of therapy have been compared over a period of two years, this has been an enormous effort. In 2013, the results will be known and this congress will be the first to hear the results. How young should you begin treatment, which child should get what type of treatment, who decides, what are the criteria? Dr Franken is proud to present these findings to an audience who may have children who need therapy as well.