Michael Palin Centre


How it all began...

Did you know?

... stammering usually begins between 2 and 5 years old at a time when a child's language skills are developing

Michael Palin Centre

The Michael Palin Centre offers specialist assessment and therapy service in stammering.

The Background

The specialist service has been developing over three decades. Early in the 1970s, Lena Rustin, supported by speech therapists from across London, set up annual intensive group therapy courses for teenagers who stammered. New courses were soon developed for younger children and their parents, and were so successful that they became a hallmark of Lena's work in the 70s and 80s.

By the early 1980s, a national consultation service had been set up and therapists from all over the country brought parents with their stammering children for advice and guidance.

A charity, The Association for Research into Stammering in Childhood (ARSC) was established in 1991, and the Michael Palin Centre, a joint venture between ARSC and the Camden and Islington Community Health NHS Trust, was opened in 1993, with tremendous publicity.

The service has grown from one part-time therapist to eleven.

Currently our five main aims are to:

  • offer a free consultation service
  • provide therapy and develop new approaches
  • extend our research programme
  • provide training and education
  • provide a specialist advisory service to speech and language therapists and other professionals