Alison Nicholas, Sharon Millard and Frances Cook
The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, Finsbnry Health Centre, Pine St,
Parent-child interaction (PCI) therapy is an indirect therapy approach for young children who stammer. While there is growing evidence to indicate that it is successful in reducing stammering, there is little known about the impact that this approach may have on other aspects of child development. This study was undertaken to see whether there is evidence for the argument that modification of parents’ interaction styles may have a detrimental effect on children’s language development. Parent and child language and parental participation were measured pre and post therapy. No evidence was found to support the hypothesis that PCI has a detrimental effect on children’s language development.
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