Talking Out Residential Stammering Courses
Each year, we fund three courses run by not-for-profit speech and language therapy practice, Talking Out Ltd. The courses are open to young people (aged 12 – 18) living in any part of the UK. Two of these courses consist of a one-week residential at Bewerley Park in North Yorkshire, where young people take part in a 5-day therapy programme combining speech and language therapy and outdoor activities. The third course is held online and follows the same 5-day therapy programme structure in the absence of the outdoor activities. Typically, each course will run during the school holidays.
The courses focus on developing self-esteem, acceptance and resilience in teenagers who stammer. In particular, the therapy programme aims to develop the following:
- Confidence in communicating.
- A more positive attitude to speaking.
- Reduced sensitivity to stammering.
- Problem solving and self-help skills.
- Positive thinking skills.
- A peer support network.
The charity fully funds places on these courses but the referral process is administered by our partners at Talking Out Ltd. For more information about the courses and upcoming course dates, visit their website: https://talkingout.co.uk/.
Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children
Internationally recognised centre of excellence, the Michael Palin Centre provides specialist assessments and therapy for children and young people who stammer, and their families. The specialist service provided at the Michael Palin Centre is run by Whittington Health NHS Trust. Over the years, Action for Stammering Children has funded clinical activity that was not otherwise funded by the NHS, such as assessments. The charity continues to work with the Michael Palin Centre to provide access to activities otherwise unavailable through Whittington Health NHS Trust funding.