Four therapy packages are described below. The aim of all therapy is to reduce the short and long-term impact of stammering on daily functioning and well being. This is achieved by focusing on the development of communication skills, direct speech management and the cognitive and emotional aspects of the disorder. Therapy is undertaken collaboratively, with an emphasis on helping clients to identify personal goals, increase their understanding of and responses to stammering, and develop effective self-help strategies in order to maximise long term effectiveness of therapy. With young children, the emphasis is on working with parents to achieve these goals. Parental involvement decreases gradually as the child becomes more able to take on responsibility for the therapy for themselves.
Private Patients - UK Residents
If you would like to be referred to the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering please fill out the referral form and send it back to us. We will contact you to tell you how to arrange a private assessment and when to make a payment. Private assessments will only be confirmed on receipt of payment.
Costs for private children's services
This banding provides up to 20 one-hour therapy sessions and is mostly suited to younger children who stammer who require Palin Parent Child Interaction Therapy. This approach involves both parents attending weekly therapy sessions where they explore strategies to support their child’s fluency, using video feedback and home practice sessions. Some children also receive a small component of direct therapy to develop their use of specific fluency techniques when needed or the Lidcombe Program may be offered as appropriate. The Band 1 funding may also be used for older children who have a milder form of stammering or who require fewer therapy sessions. For a description of this therapy package click here
This banding provides up to 30 one-hour sessions for school-age children who require a combined indirect and direct therapy programme, which incorporates video feedback sessions with parents and direct therapy sessions aimed at developing social skills, fluency strategies and exploring ways to manage the emotional aspects of stammering more successfully. Parents will be involved in the therapy at each stage until the child reaches approximately 15 years of age. Therapy may be delivered during individual or weekly group sessions, or a combination of both. This banding does not include attendance on the intensive courses (See Bands 3+4). For a description of this therapy package click here.
This banding provides a one-year programme of therapy for young people aged 15 to 18 years who stammer. The programme starts with a two-week intensive course, when the young people attend in a group for 5 to 6 hours every day for two weeks. Activities focus on fluency techniques, confidence building, developing social communication skills and ways to manage the emotional aspects of stammering more successfully. Following the two-week course, regular group follow-up days are arranged throughout the year and additional individual therapy sessions are arranged as necessary. For a description of this therapy package click here.
This banding provides a one-year programme of therapy for children aged 10 to 14 who stammer. These cases are often more complex and some of the children have co-occurring conditions, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Some families attend an initial individual programme of Family Communication Skills Therapy or the child may receive some individual direct fluency before attending the intensive course. Up to 10 children attend the two-week intensive course in a group and their parents attend in a separate parents’ group, both of which are for 5 to 6 hours every day for two weeks. The children’s group activities focus on fluency techniques, confidence building and developing social communication skills. The parents’ group explores how the parents and the wider family can support the changes that the children are making. Following the two-week course, regular group follow-up days are arranged for both parents and children throughout the year and additional individual therapy sessions are arranged as necessary. For a description of this therapy package click here.
Costs for private adult services
- speech management skills which can be expected to reduce the severity of outward stammering behaviours (reduced frequency of stammering and/or reduced tension involved in stammering)
- skills to increase psychological flexibility and resilience, and reduce anxiety and avoidance
- skills to enhance general communication skills as well as specific skills e.g: interview skills, presentation skills or public speaking skills
This funding band is for young adults who are 19 years+ where intensive, group therapy is recommended. It covers an initial, 2-week course and one year of follow-up.
Band 5 covers 5, one-hour therapy sessions. This relatively short course of therapy might be right for you if you have had therapy before and would like a ‘top-up’, if you want to try out therapy before committing to something longer, if you have something very specific that you want to work on (i.e. preparing for an interview) or if you do not stammer, or worry about stammering, very much.
- the severity of EITHER the outward (overt) features of stammering AND/OR the impact that stammering has on the individual are mild-moderate
- treatment is expected to be relatively short-term, with the client having specific goals that they wish to achieve, however it is expected that some follow up will be needed to support long-term treatment gains
Band 7 covers 20, one-hour sessions. This allows more time to explore a range of therapy ideas including fluency techniques, psychological skills or communication skills, with substantial follow up and support.
Band 8 covers 30 hours of therapy. It is the top level of provision and as such supports people make change and consolidate skills over a longer period of time. This may be useful for people who are new to therapy, or when a more gentle pace in therapy may be helpful.