Philip Robinson

Speech and Language Therapist

Stammering Specialist

Philip Robinson - Stammering Specialist

I'm a Speech and Language Therapist based in Central London who specialises in stammering.  I grew up with a stammer, which is what led me into this career.  Please take a look at this short film about my work.

About Me

My stammer first emerged when I was 6 or 7, causing significant distress.  Reading aloud and any kind of public speaking was a nightmare!  I never saw a Speech Therapist for my difficulty, but I sometimes wonder how different my experience of school would have been if I had.


As a teenager I learnt to manage my stammer and developed a keen interest in language; I went on to university to study Linguistics (BA) and then Clinical Communication Studies (MMedSci), qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2012.


I'm passionate about working with children and adults who stammer to help manage their fluency.  Fluency shaping and stammer-modification techniques feature a lot in my work, but I also focus on acceptance and how to work to your strengths to help you be the most effective communicator you can be.


Call me for a free consultation and to see if we might be able to work together in developing your speech

Testimonials

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Philip is highly professional in his work. He is a good listener, and manages to create an environment which is simultaneously professional and personal by making his clients feel safe and comfortable with expressing their opinions, problems etc.What I also find very important is that instead of merely pushing strategies on the client, Philip listens to and collaborates with his clients, working towards a coping strategy that will work for the client. His work is collaborative and cooperative. I would highly recommend Phil as a speech and language therapist to anyone with any level of stammer, language or speech difficulties.


Maia - Adult client, London


As parents of a teenage boy living overseas we are delighted see the development of the Stammering Centre. Our son, George regularly skypes with Philip Robinson, which is proving most helpful. The Stammering Centre located centrally in London creates an ideal base for George and Philip to periodically experience face to face time. We look forward to the Stammering Centre's plans for teenagers to come together and engage in such a non-threatening way. We wish the Centre every success.

 
Peter and Joanne, parents, Czech Republic 

Training / Credentials

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MMedSci Clinical Communication Studies - University of Sheffield, UK


BA Linguistics - University of East Anglia, UK


Health and Care Professions Council (member no. SL32232)


Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RC023337)


Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practise


Member of British Stammering Association


Advanced Working with Adults who Stammer: City Lit


Lidcombe Programme: Treatment of Early Stuttering


Palin PCI: Stuttering treatment for primary age children


Secondary Age Children: Realising Their Potential


Supervisory work undertaken for junior therapists


Therapy Services

Stammering Therapy for Children

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Developmental stammering typically becomes evident between the ages of 4-7, and as a parent it's natural to feel a sense of alarm and to want to do something to help.  We'll sit down and go over your child's case history and I'll ask questions such as:

  • When did they start stammering?
  • Is there any family history of stammering?
  • When is their speech smoothest vs when is it most ‘bumpy’?
  • What seems to help already?

There'll be some language testing with your child to see where they’re at and then, depending on their age and ability, I may ask them some questions about what they think of their stammer.

All this will help us build a picture of what your child needs and then we’ll agree on a plan to move forward.

Therapy approaches

You, as the child's parent/carer will be the key player in therapy.  I consider myself an expert in fluency, but you’re the expert when it comes to your child!  So we’ll work together on therapy techniques and things to do at home with your child to help their speech.

Lidcombe and Palin PCI have been shown to be very effective with little ones.  Older children will work on a range of fluency-shaping and block modification techniques, and we may explore some of those nasty negative feelings associated with stammering.  The key is to make it fun and engaging, and start to take control of the stammer rather than letting the stammer control us!

Age ranges

I see children from around 3 years old.  Depending on their age it may be a case of giving you, the parents, some strategies and pointers to use at home, to make sure you’re maintaining a communication environment at home conducive to fluent speech

Group work

I'm a big believer in bringing young stammerers together.  A problem shared is a problem halved!  My groups are always good fun for everyone involved and I aim for youngsters to come away having learnt about others’ experiences with stammering.

Stammering Therapy for Adults

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Therapy approaches

Therapy is, of course, tailored to you as an individual.  I take your current strengths and challenges into account and, in agreement with you, set clear therapy goals.

A typical course of therapy will take into account the following:

  • Stammer identification: We’ll examine what happens when you stammer.  Everyone’s stammer is as unique as them, and we’ll pick apart what’s going on - both physically and  psychologically - when you hit that block.
  • Desensitisation: We’ll look at the negative feelings or behaviours associated with your stammer and then get to work on them.  This is particularly useful for covert stammerers (those who have a stammer but conceal it)
  • Fluency modification: We’ll then look at fluency shaping and block modification methods to help you achieve more fluent speech

But that’s not all there is to it.  Stammering is a hugely complex condition that affects each of us differently, and we’ll address all the factors associated with your stammer.

I aim to make you more effective communicators - don’t forget that fluency is just one part of that

Where does therapy take place?


I can see clients at my clinic at 60 Bloomsbury St, 10 Harley St, or if you’d prefer, at your home or work address.

Group Therapy and Skype Therapy

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Many of my adult clients tell me they've never disclosed their stammer to other people.  This is one of the first things I'll address.


Meeting others who stammer can be a profound experience.  Group sessions are always different depending on the participants, but I make sure everyone comes away feeling enriched and empowered.


Some international clients find therapy over Skype/Facetime useful.  The relationship between therapist and client is key, so I invite you to meet with your therapist for a quick chat over Skype (no charge!) to see if you think you’d get along


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Philip Robinson: Speech and Language Therapist

60 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QU, United Kingdom

07793 956555