The Michael Palin Centre, London, UK
The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children (MPC) was officially opened in 1993 as a joint initiative between a charity, the Association for Research into Stammering in Childhood and the National Health Service. The MPC is an acknowledged centre of expertise in disorders of fluency. It has achieved a national and international reputation for its innovative treatment programmes and its practical training workshops. There is a rapidly expanding programme of research being conducted in collaboration with academic institutions. Our expert speech and language therapists (SLTs) regularly present at conferences, publish papers, textbooks and a range of clinical articles.
The clinical team comprises eleven SLTs, all specialists in disorders of fluency. Each year, 200 - 250 children and young people are referred for a full consultation and therapy is offered individually or in groups as appropriate. Specialist therapy is enhanced by the team's additional training and expertise in cognitive behaviour therapy; solution focused brief therapy and personal construct therapy.
The Stammering Support Centre, Leeds, UK
The Stammering Support Centre is one of a few centres in the country to offer specialist services for all ages, children and adults who stammer. The centre is located in the Reginald Building in the heart of a Leeds community.
This new facility provides Leeds City Council and NHS services including a library, job shop, GP practice and community healthcare with Children's Speech and Language Therapy services.
The specialist services for stammering are located on the first floor of the building with welcoming waiting areas and comfortable clinical rooms.
The centre has been named following a public consultation process jointly organised by Leeds Community Healthcare and the British Stammering Association.
ΚΕΘΤ - Stuttering Research and Therapy Centre, GR
ΚΕΘΤ - Stuttering Research and Therapy Centre, was established in 2007 and it is part of the Logos Institute, which has been offering clinical services since 1993. The Centre provides highly specialized treatment to adults and children who stutter and their families, and offers training, support and mentorship to Greek Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) who work in the field of fluency disorders.
Our SLTs provide early intervention programmes for preschool-age children, individual treatment for school-age children, individual and group therapy programmes for adolescents and adults, telepractice services (Tele-ΚΕΘΤ) for those with limited access to therapy due to distance, guidance and information services to parents and individuals who stutter.
ΚΕΘΤ is involved in the development of clinical resources and therapy programmes in the Greek
language, provides workshops and participates in joint research projects in Greece and overseas. Furthermore, it offers training, mentoring and supervision
to SLTs and clinical placements to student SLTs. ΚΕΘΤ liaises with other centres and therapists in Greece and overseas and maintains a close cooperation
with the Greek Stuttering Community.
Erasmus MC, NL
Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam was formed in 2002 from a merger of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and the Academic Hospital Rotterdam. It is the largest of the eight university medical centers in The Netherlands. Erasmus MC is an internationally recognised center for high-quality, compassionate patient care, highly valued knowledgetransfer and high quality knowledge development in the fields of illness and health. Erasmus MC is striving to become one of the best medical research institutes in the world.
The Erasmus MC, ENT - Hearing and Speech Disorders is the single academic department in The Netherlands for a multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatmentof speech fluency disorders. The Fluency Disorders Team can be consulted for a broad evaluation, second opinion, or treatment recommendation. The Fluency
Disorders Team consists of: (1) a clinical linguïst-speech language therapist - fluency expert (2) a speech language therapist - fluency expert (3) psychologist.
The Dutch Association of Stuttering Therapy, NL
The Dutch Association of Stuttering Therapy ("Nederlandse Vereniging voor Stottertherapie, NVST") was founded in 1987 and is a membership organization of 60 Speech Language Pathologists and other professionals who are expert/specialised in fluency disorders. All members completed a one/two- year training in stuttering therapy. The members work mainly in private practices as soloists or in groups; in university colleges and/or in hospitals. They offer individual and grouptherapy for children, adolescents and adults. The stuttering therapy is adjusted to the individual needs of the person who stutters and his or her social surroundings.
The associations main purposes are to improve the knowledge and understanding of stuttering, to monitor the quality of diagnosis and treatment of stuttering; and to protect the socio-economic interests of its members. The NVST also aims to train skilled specialists in fluency disorders. To achieve these goals, the NVST organizes courses; peer groups in which therapists discuss their methods and the association develops information materials. Partnership with the ECSF meets those goals on a European level.
The association works in close collaboration with the Dutch Association for People who Stutter "Demosthenes". The NVST and Demosthenes form an umbrella organization which is named the Dutch Stuttering Federation. (Nederlandse Federatie Stotteren, NFS)