Courses at the MPC

One day introduction for working with children who stammer

Course Aims

This one day workshop is particularly suited to newly qualified Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs), SLTs who have an emerging interest in stammering and SLT students, who would like to find out more about current practice and research. Other professionals (e.g. Educational Psychologists, teachers, GPs, Health Visitors etc) may also find the course a useful way of increasing their knowledge about how to identify stammering, when to refer and how to help.

A range of texts will be available for course participants to look through during break times.  The workshop will be supported by video demonstrations of assessment and therapy at the Michael Palin Centre.

Course Content

1. Theoretical Overview

  • A multifactorial model
  • Risk factors for persistence
  • Child, family and therapist: roles and responsibilities
  • A brief overview of therapy approaches used at the Centre

2. Evidence-based practice / Practice-based evidence

  • An overview of current research with reference to some of the latest research evidence
  • What is the evidence for assessment and therapy for CWS under 7?

3. Practical tools

For SLTs and SLT students:

  • A screening assessment to decide on vulnerability to persistence for CWS under 7 years old
  • An overview of outcome measures, including parent rating scales and scales to evaluate the impact of stammering
  • Action planning

For other professionals:

  • How to identify stammering, when to refer, and how to support children who stammer and their families

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this introductory course participants will:

  • have an increased understanding of the theoretical models, frameworks and research underpinning assessment and therapy with CWS
  • have access to a range of resources to support CPD
  • have a range of practical tools to support children who stammer and their families

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