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  • Event: Virgin London Marathon 2013, 21 Apr 2013

Action for Stammering Children

We provide specialist help and support to transform lives of children who stammer

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My eldest daughter Bethany has been helped by a fantastic charity The Michael Palin Centre (www.stammeringcentre.org), they have helped Bethany with her stammer and are always there if and when she feels that she needs their support. 

 

Action for Stammering Children (ASC) commissions the delivery of specialist services that transform the lives of children and young people who stammer.

ASC is the Charity behind the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children. This internationally recognised Centre runs the UK's largest specialist service exclusively dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of children who stammer.

Stammering is a severe communication disability which impairs social, emotional and educational development. Estimates suggest that 5% of children will stammer at some point and approximately 1% continue to stammer into adulthood. Stammering is 3 to 4 times more common in boys than in girls. While stammering is outwardly characterised by repetitions, prolongations and blocking of sounds, these core behaviours can be accompanied by feelings of isolation, frustration and embarrassment.

In severe cases, it may play a significant part in a young person's ability to achieve their potential and to make a full contribution to society as an adult.

At the core of our work is the specialist assessment service which is funded by the charity and provided free of charge for any child or young person in the UK, aged 2-18, who stammers. Both parents attend with their child where possible, so that the stammering problem can be fully assessed in the context of each individual family. Families are seen by two specialist therapists who spend a morning or afternoon with the child and their parents during which they can identify and fully understand the factors underlying the child's stammer.

As you can see this charity is very close to our hearts and has helped us all as a family in so many ways.  We cannot thank them enough, if by me running the Marathon can help other families I know my challenge will be so worthwhile.

 

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