Therapy for 15-18s

Summer group at the MPC

Meet other people who stammer, build your confidence and start seeing the changes you want in your life.

Accessed via the MPC assessment clinic

Find out how to refer yourself (if you are 16+) or how to refer a young person here.

  • explore skills that may help you to manage moments of stammering with more ease
  • explore the idea of being more open about stammering to see whether this could be helpful
  • learn skills from psychology to help you manage anxiety about stammering more effectively and become more resilient
  • learn how to communicate confidently and effectively, connect with others and say what you want to say
  • try things out in a fun and friendly environment and decide which skills work best for you
  • have visits from people who stammer so you can hear about and be inspired by their experience
  • meet others your own age who stammer and work on things together keeping it relevant to the issues you face

The important stuff:

  • a unique programme developed by the MPC and run for over 30 years
  • held once a year (last 2 weeks of July)
  • daily from Monday – Friday
  • 10am – 3.30 pm each day (being there every day is a must!)
  • maximum group size: 10 (sometimes 2 groups run side-by-side so we can keep the groups relatively small)
  • an entirely separate, optional but recommended, one-day workshop for parents
  • four follow-up meetings over one year
  • additional individual sessions (face-to-face or by Skype) for one year if you want extra help
  • up to 10 charitably-funded returners sessions per person after your year has finished
  • available to young people living in Camden or Islington, young people living elsewhere subject to NHS funding being approved or to families wishing to pay privately.
  • when NHS funding is not agreed the MPC applies to Action for Stammering Children to support attendance on this course.

The next course is:

  • 17th-28th July 2023 (places available).
  • This will be a face-to-face group, held at the Michael Palin Centre.

What people have said:

“I could not have asked for anything more! This has been a life-changing experience for me. I feel like I have turned a page or maybe 5 pages. I feel like I am a different person. I have learnt that I shouldn’t feel bad about myself, even if I have days where I am less fluent, that is okay.  The friendships I have made are unforgettable and whole thing has been really positive. Thank you for all your help.”  Eddie, 2018.

I found the course inspiring and exciting and I found out a lot about myself too. Knowing that it’s not just about fluency but a lot of other things as well really helped. Anyone thinking of going on the course shouldn’t be scared – they should be excited because everyone is really nice.” Joseph, 2016.

I learned that confidence in yourself is the key!” Ollie 2016.

Listen to Brandon talking about coming to the summer group.

Could the July 2022 group be right for me?

Are you:

  • interested in therapy
  • ready to invest time in exploring stammering and developing your skills
  • interested in meeting other young people who stammer
  • able to attend for the entire two weeks
  • able to come to follow-ups during the year

then the next step is to get referred to the MPC for an assessment. You can do this by:

  • asking your local SLT to refer you if you have a local therapist
  • asking a parent to refer you if you don’t have a local therapist
  • referring yourself if you are 16 or over and do not have a local therapist or
  • asking your GP to refer you

You can start the referral process by completing the below form:

Referral form

    REFERRAL TYPE (required)


    PARENT 1

    Title [e.g. Mr., Ms., Mrs., Dr., etc.]:

    PARENT 2

    Title [e.g. Mr., Ms., Mrs., Dr., etc.]:

    PARENT 3

    Title [e.g. Mr., Ms., Mrs., Dr., etc.]:

    PARENT 4

    Title [e.g. Mr., Ms., Mrs., Dr., etc.]:


    Both parents are required to attend the consultation for children up to 16 years old.

    If your child is over 16 please tell us if you would like to have a parent session.

    I would like a parent session

    Who has parental responsibility?

    Parents' status

    Would you like to attend together or separately?

    Please provide name(s) of other partners to be invited and enter their details in PARENT 2, 3 and/or 4 section

    SIBLINGS (names and ages). Siblings are not invited to the assessment.


    School name

    School address

    School post code

    School headteacher

    School telephone

    School email


    GP name

    GP address

    GP telephone number

    GP email




    Name and number of the person we would contact if there were an emergency while you were at the Centre.


    Telephone number




    Post code

    Telephone number

    NHS Trust

    Email address

    When seen (currently or past)

    NHS SLT Manager (to be completed by SLT)




    Post code

    Telephone number

    Email address

    When seen (currently or past)


    Child (required)

    If you / your child has identified as "other" in any way, please enter further details below

    Parent 1 (required)

    Parent 2

    Parent 3

    Parent 4




    Does your child need an interpreter? (required)

    Does the parent / do the parents need an interpreter? (required)


    Onset of stammer

    Has it changed since then?

    When do they stammer more?

    When does it happen less?

    Do you have any idea(s) about why your child started to stammer?

    Any other members of the extended family who stammer now or used to stammer?

    What does your child do when they stammer?

    How do you refer to the problem when talking to your child?


    Advice and guidance to support local therapyIndividual therapy at the Michael Palin CentreGroup therapy at the Michael Palin Centre (ages 10 to 18 years)



    Please send copies of reports to:

    The Michael Palin Centre
    13-15 Pine Street
    London EC1R 0JG

    Previous therapy and progress

    Up-to-date language assessment (for SLT referrals)

    Additional needs (e.g. medical, social, educational, emotional)

    Other professionals involved (e.g. CAMHS, Occupational Therapy, Social Services)

    Any other information

    RESEARCH (for parents)

    Occasionally at the Michael Palin Centre we conduct research studies to investigate stammering. If you would like to receive information about research studies in which you and/or your child can participate then please indicate below. You do not have to commit or participate in any of the studies. You can withdraw from receiving this information at any time without giving any reason.

    Would you like to receive information?



    Contact details if different from above (name is required)

    If you would like a printed copy of your completed referral form, please hit ctrl + ‘p’ (on a PC) or cmd + ‘p’ (on a Mac) before you click submit/send.

    You will receive an automated email to confirm that your referral has been received.

    The two week intensive therapy programme (download as PDF)


    • ff you are under 25 and have come here for therapy before you are eligible for up to 10 top-up sessions
    • charitably-funded by Action for Stammering Children
    • send in a referral saying that you are a returner

    Therapy for 15-18s

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