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What's new in the second edition of the Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Manual

“this is one of the finest examples of integrated research and practice that I have ever seen” Foreword Professor Nan Bernstein Ratner

Paperback £47.99 Ebook £43.19

The fully revised and updated second edition of the manual “Palin-Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Early Childhood Stammering” is now in print.

The manual provides speech and language therapists with a practical guide to the Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy programme for children who stammer up to the age of 7 years, developed at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering.

This second edition includes:

- an overview of the most up to date research in the areas of neurology, genetics, temperament and the impact of stammering on children and their families. This research has informed our understanding of the factors that underlie and influence stammering.

- an introduction to the new Palin Model – a multifactorial representation of the research findings and a clinical tool both for assessment and therapy.

- a screening tool to enable therapists to establish which children who start to stammer would benefit from intervention.

- a detailed description of the range of indirect techniques used in the approach such as video feedback, interaction strategies and confidence building

- a number of direct techniques to teach a child what they can do to help themselves. We highlight the factors that need to be considered to decide whether, how and when to work directly with a child, and what components to include in a direct therapy programme.

- a number of case studies to illustrate the Palin PCI approach which have been based on children and families we have worked with

- a range of photocopiable and downloadable resources including assessment forms, information sheets and therapy handouts

- parents and therapists’ experience of Palin PCI and

- an overview of the evidence base for the effectiveness of the programme.

Throughout the manual we highlight our aims for therapy which are to help each child become a confident and competent communicator whether or not they continue to stammer; to reduce the impact of stammering on the child and parents; to enhance the child’s fluency and to increase the parents’ and the child’s knowledge about stammering and confidence in managing it.

The manual was written to give speech and language therapists’ guidance and the confidence to assess and treat young children referred because of concern about stammering. We also recommend that therapists, where possible, attend a Parent-Child Interaction Therapy training course run by the Michael Palin Centre ( where they will learn, through watching videos and doing practical exercises, the methods and skills described in the manual

We hope you like this second edition and after reading it feel equipped, confident and inspired to work with young children who stammer and their parents. Please feel free to be in touch if you have any queries or questions.

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