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Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Early Childhood Stammering

Elaine Kelman (Speech and Language Therapist, Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children) Alison Nicholas



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CRC Press Inc
04 May 2020
Now available in a fully revised and updated second edition, this practical manual is a detailed guide to the Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy programme (Palin PCI) developed at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering (MPC). Palin PCI builds on the principle that parents play a critical role in effective therapy and that understanding and managing stammering is a collaborative journey between the child, parent and therapist. This book emphasises a need for open communication about stammering, offering a combination of indirect techniques such as video feedback, interaction strategies and confidence building, along with direct techniques to teach a child what they can do to help themselves.

This second edition:

Reflects the most up-to-date research in areas such as neurology, genetics, temperament and the impact of stammering on children and their families Offers photocopiable resources, such as assessment tools, information sheets and therapy handouts, to support the implementation of Palin PCI Focuses on empowerment through building communication confidence in children who stammer and developing knowledge and confidence in their parents Based on a strong theoretical framework, this book offers a comprehensive understanding of the Palin PCI approach in order to support generalist and specialist speech and language therapists as they develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in working with young children who stammer and their families.

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By:   Elaine Kelman (Speech and Language Therapist Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children), Alison Nicholas
Imprint:   CRC Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   2nd New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 297mm,  Width: 210mm, 
Weight:   816g
ISBN:   9780815358329
ISBN 10:   0815358326
Pages:   374
Publication Date:   04 May 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
List of figures Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction and Theoretical Background Which Children Need Intervention? What is Palin Parent Child Interaction Therapy Screening, Advice and Monitoring Assessment The Formulation Interaction Strategies Family Strategies Child Strategies and Other Strategies Adapting Palin PCI Parents' and Therapists' Experience of Palin PCI Appendices Resources Bibliography Index

Elaine Kelman is a consultant speech and language therapist, the head of the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering and Professional Lead for Whittington Health Speech and Language Therapy Services in London. She has worked in the field of stammering for more than 30 years, providing specialist therapy for children and their families, young people and adults who stammer. Elaine is a certified European Fluency Specialist, a board member of the International Fluency Association, chair of the European Fluency Specialists' board, an affiliate of the American Speech and Hearing Association and a specialist adviser for stammering for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Alison Nicholas is an expert speech and language therapist who worked at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering for 23 years. She is currently based in Cardiff, Wales and is working independently providing specialist therapy for children and their families, young people and adults who stammer. She is a certified European Fluency Specialist and an Associate Tutor at Cardiff Metropolitan University where she teaches the Disorders of Fluency module to undergraduate students. She is trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and holds a Certificate in Solution Focused Practice. Elaine and Alison have contributed to the development of various therapy programmes for children who stammer at the Centre, particularly the management of early childhood stammering and have led and contributed to a range of publications. They have participated in the Centre's national and international training programme and have been closely involved in the Centre's research programme, which includes developing the evidence base of therapy for early childhood stammering.

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