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... early intervention for stammering is best but therapy can help at any age


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There is nothing like this locally where a whole group of children who have similar issues can get together and concentrate on not just the stammer but also communication skills. In the whole school of 1500 children no-one else stammers so it is nice for him to be seen in an environment where he is not seen as unusual, he can just get on with dealing with it and learning how to manage it.

George's mother

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Double your Donation with the Big Give Christmas Challenge!

Double your Donation with the Big Give Christmas Challenge from midday 28th November to midday 5th December and help Action for Stammering Children raise £30k! During this time, you will have the opportunity to double your donation and help us reach this fantastic goal in order to help more children and young people who stammer, and their families across the UK. So, if you donate £100, with Gift Aid we would receive £225. 

We’re delighted to be given this fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of stammering, and to fund the vital Helpline used by so many parents of children who stammer, therapists, GPs and many more, looking for support. Last year alone we helped 597 people through the helpline, and we’re looking to go even further and help more in the future.

In the UK 150,000 children and young people stammer, many of whom feel isolated and vulnerable, and are not aware that help is available. Moreover, their parents, siblings, friends and teachers often don’t know what they can do to help. We firmly believe they need a free, readily available information service that can respond to their concerns and needs, and provide them with information and guidance regarding available therapy, and connect them to the specialists who can help.

Managed by experienced staff at the Michael Palin Centre, the Helpline provides a first port of call to worried parents, teachers, therapists, GPs and other professionals who need expert advice on how to respond to a child’s stammer. For many, their first contact will be with the Michael Palin Centre through the Helpline, which may lead to a specialist assessment and therapy at the Centre. Young people who receive help from the MPC report an improvement in fluency and greater participation in the classroom (86%). The Helpline number is 020 3316 8100.

There will always be a sympathetic voice on the line to deal with any general concerns. With your help we can continue this vital service and help even more children and young people across the UK who stammer. So, please support us between Tuesday 28th November and 5th December to have your donation doubled and help us reach our target of £30,000!

An example of how the donation process works:

Your donation – £100
Match pot – £100
Gift Aid – £25
ASC Receives – £225
 

Please click here to donate

If you have any questions regarding the Big Give Christmas Challenge or the donation process, please feel free to contact us on info@stammeringchildren.org or call us at the office on 020 3316 8113. 

 

New training for 2018! Reaching In Reaching Out (RIRO): Building Resilience in Young Children and the professionals who support them

We are pleased to be offering a new and exciting training opportunity for all professionals working with children under the age of 8. The course aims to build resilience in professionals and the young children they work with. Please click here for more details.

Resilience helps people to handle stress, overcome childhood disadvantage, bounce back from adversity, seek help and take up opportunities. Resilience is associated with better health and greater success in school, jobs and relationships. Health, education and care professionals can make an important contibution in helping children to develop resilience. 

The course will be held at the Michael Palin Centre in London and run by Sarah Caughter, a highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at the Centre, and an official 'RIRO' trainer. 

To apply please complete this application form and return it to the Michael Palin Centre, along with your payment. 

Intensive Courses at the Michael Palin Centre - dates for 2018!

We run two group therapy programmes per year at the Michael Palin Centre for 10 to 14 year olds who stammer, and their parents or carers. We also run a summer group therapy programme for 15 to 19 year olds who stammer.

The next two week group therapy programme for young people who stammer aged 15 to 19 years old will run from 16th to 27th July 2018. For more information please click here

The next two week group therapy programme for children who stammer aged 10 to 14 years will run from 9th to 20th April 2018. We will also run one from 15th to 26th October 2018 For more information please click here.

If you are a parent or a therapist and you would like to refer a child or young person to the Centre please email us at mpc.admin@nhs.net or give us a call on 020 3316 8100.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Tribute to Joe Fulcher 1928 - 2017

The team at the Michael Palin Centre is mourning the loss of a wonderful supporter and friend, Joe Fulcher, who sadly died on 6th October 2017. In this photograph, Joe is at the Centre with Jane Fraser, his wife and the President of the Stuttering Foundation of America. Jane and Joe were celebrating the opening of the new Centre in July 2011 and this was taken in the Malcom Fraser therapy room, acknowledging the fantastic support of the Stuttering Foundation, whose founder was Malcolm Fraser.

Since 2006 the Stuttering Foundation has supported the therapy, teaching and research activity at the Michael Palin Centre, a wonderful partnership to ensure that children and young people are able to access specialist services.

Joe Fulcher was the architect of this partnership and, together with the Board of the Stuttering Foundation, subsequently monitored our activity and reports, ensuring the highest standards of governance. Joe’s attention to detail and professionalism made this potentially complex process a source of exciting opportunities and a wonderful international collaboration.

Joe was a true gentleman, with a courtesy and gentleness that belied his formidable intellect and range of financial and legal skills. He also had a generous heart for the work to help those who stutter, grasping the complexities of the challenges of such work and despite his extensive experience, remaining open-minded to new possibilities.

Joe was wonderful company, with a ready wit and gentle charm. His conversation was always stimulating, and he showed a genuine interest as he listened to others.  We shall miss him so much and extend our deepest sympathies to Jane and to the wider family. The world is a poorer place without Joe Fulcher.

Colin Firth and Ed Balls host a private screening of Kingsman: The Golden Circle to raise funds for Action for Stammering Children

 

Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth and Ed Balls, former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and Strictly star, hosted a private screening of Kingsman: The Golden Circle to raise funds for Action for Stammering Children (ASC), the largest charity in the UK dedicated to transforming the lives of children and young people who stammer.

The audience were thrilled by the latest Matthew Vaughn  action thriller Kingsman: The Golden Circle.  A memorable death in the first instalment Kingsman: The Secret Service, did not prevent Colin returning for a sequel as the stylish Hart; the audience were one of the first to know the  closely guarded secret about how he survived.  

On the night, ASC raised just under £40,000 to help support specialist speech and language therapy for children and young people who stammer. 

Prior to viewing the film the audience enjoyed a Q&A with Colin and Ed, both talking movingly about their experiences of stammering:

Colin Firth, Vice President of Action for Stammering Children, said:

“The King’s Speech taught me not only the cruelty of having a stammer, but also the life-changing benefits specialist therapy can bring. Just as Lionel Logue unleashed the passion of a King, so too Action for Stammering Children is unlocking the potential of thousands of children in the UK every year.”

Fellow ASC Vice President and Former Shadow Chancellor of Exchequer, Ed Balls, who has a stammer added:

"As someone who had help and support in dealing with my own stammer, I share ASC’s aim of making sure every child gets the chance to learn to cope with theirs, so they can achieve their full potential with confidence."

Jo Hunter Chair of Action for Stammering Children, added:

“We are so honoured to have Vice Presidents Colin and Ed host this amazing evening, which has been generously sponsored, so every penny raised will go directly to Action for Stammering Children.  Last year we transformed the lives of more than 4,000 children and young people across the UK who stammer, all of whom have a voice, and all of whom have a right to be heard.  Our small charity can make a big difference to the lives and opportunities of all children who stammer.”

Ed Balls appointed vice-president of Action for Stammering Children

Ed Balls has been appointed vice-president of Action for Stammering Children (ASC), the UK charity which supports children and young people who stammer.  The former Labour MP and Shadow Chancellor has been a supporter of the charity for many years and regularly meets children and young people to talk about the challenges of living with a stammer.  He is an active fundraiser for the charity, running marathons and speaking at fundraising events.   His book Speaking Out addresses his personal journey and the challenges he faces in public life of having a stammer.

Commenting on his appointment, Ed said: 

"I was thrilled to be asked to become a vice-president of ASC, a brilliant charity which I have been involved with for many years.  It’s important that children and young people who stammer see people in public life who have managed to overcome their stammer, so that they know it doesn’t have to hold you back or stop you doing the things you want to do."

Action for Stammering Children funds specialist assessments and therapy for children who stammer at the Michael Palin Centre in London, as well as intensive courses, training for speech and language therapists, and research into the causes and treatment of stammering in children.   Ed Balls joins two other high profile figures as vice-presidents of the charity  – Michael Palin and Colin Firth.   ASC Chair Jo Hunter said:

 "Most people know Ed Balls as a politician but we know him as someone who gives his time generously to talk to children and young people about stammering, The misconceptions of having a stammer are still very much embedded into society and Ed’s public role has helped address these misconceptions giving children and their families belief that no child should be held back because of their stammer"

Ed Balls is currently a Senior Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Visiting Professor at King’s College London.  He is also Chairman of Norwich City Football Club.

Charitably funded training courses and supervision bursaries available for 2016/17

For the fifth year running, Action for Stammering Children and The Emily Hughes Hallett Fund are offering individual charitably-funded bursaries to qualified speech and language therapists in the UK who are interested in developing their skills in working with children under 7 who stammer. They are also supporting three Palin PCI training courses to be held around the UK, in particular to those for whom travel costs for training in London would be prohibitive.

Click here to find out more about the individual charitably-funded bursaries.

Click here to find out more about the Palin PCI training courses. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Schools campaign

Young people who stammer often struggle at school because there is so little information available about stammering and how best to respond.  The ASC Youth Panel members hope that by talking about their own experience they will improve people's understanding of the condition and make it easier for other young people who stammer to receive the support they need.  If you would like your own school to be involved in the campaign, please contact ASC on facebook or call 0203 316 8113.

We're hiring- Chief Executive at Action for Stammering Children

We are currently embarking on a new stage of development and are looking for a dynamic chief executive to lead this exciting challenge. The successful candidate will have strong leadership skills combined with hands-on delivery skills, proven experience of partnership working, and a commitment to supporting children and young people who stammer and their families. This is an ideal role for a self-motivated individual looking to make a positive impact in an important area of children’s communication, where timely intervention can be life changing.

For more information about the role go to the Charity Jobs website

The Third Croatian Clinical Symposium to be held in Cavtat, Croatia between 2-5 October 2016

The third Croatian Clinical Symposium is to be held in Cavtat, Croatia between 2-5 October 2016.

The Symposium is designed to attract clinicians and researchers with the theme of stuttering research informing practice.

The 2016 Symposium will pursue that theme, with topics that immediately and directly influence clinical practice.

To view the brochure click here.