Children who stammer

MPC Therapies


Find out more about the different therapies on offer at The Michael Palin Centre

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... we offer a range of therapy programmes for children and young people who stammer

MPC Therapies

Assessment protocols and treatment programmes are conducted in collaboration with clients, with ethical consideration and according to the principles of evidence based practice and clinical governance. Standards of best practice are reviewed and maintained through the monitoring systems of Whittington Health NHS's clinical and research governance policies and procedures and according to the requirements of the Health Professions Council (HPC) and of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).


The Centre uses a range of sensitive measurement tools at prescribed intervals to determine an individual's progress through therapy. These measures are accepted as best practice (see Clinical Guidelines, RCSLT ). Progress is closely monitored and disseminated through clinical reports to families and, with consent, to involved professionals.


Therapy packages are developed and implemented based on available research evidence and clinical expertise. The Centre has an active research programme which explores the efficacy of the therapy packages offered. Levels of evidence are available on the website or will be sent on request.


Evidence of effectiveness
The following are some key papers that provide empirical support for the interventions used at the Michael Palin Centre. A more comprehensive list of publications can be found under 'tariff' in the left hand column of the Commissioners section.


Crichton-Smith, I. (2002) Changing Conversational Dynamics: A Case Study in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Proceedings of the Sixth Oxford Dysfluency Conference, KLB Publications, Leicester. 


Millard, S.K., Edwards, S., & Cook, F. (2009). Parent-child interaction therapy: Adding to the evidence. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Volume 11, Issue 1, 2009, Pages 61 – 76.
For abstract click here


Millard, S.K., Nicholas A., & Cook F.M. (2008). Is parent-child interaction therapy effective in reducing stuttering? Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 51(3), 636-650.
For abstract click here


Millard, S. (2003).  Measuring outcome:  Parents’ perspectives.  In K. Baker and D. Rowley (Eds.). Proceedings of the Sixth Oxford Dysfluency Conference (pp 89-98).York:York Publishing Press.
For abstract click here


Millard, S.K., & Rustin, L. (2003). Children’s drawings as a measure of change.  In K.L. Baker and D.Rowley (Eds.), Proceedings of the Sixth Oxford Dysfluency Conference (pp. 99-112).York: York Publishing Press.
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Fry, J., Botterill, W., & Pring, T (2009) The effect of an intensive group therapy programme for young adults who stutter: A single subject study. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology,11 (1): 12-19.
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Millard, S.K., (2011).Intensive group therapy for children who stutter: Early Evidence. Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, 21 22-32.
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Please click below to read more information on outcome measures at the Centre:

 10-14 year old intensive course outcome data, Millard 2010.

 10-14 year old intensive course outcome data, October 2011-2012