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Stammering probably affects over 450,000 adults in this country. For some it is a childhood disorder, which can usually be effectively treated, but for others the patterns of bad practice harden, and the stammer continues into adult life in varying degrees of intensity. On the positive side, adult stammerers are usually resourceful and innovative in seeking life-styles that suit them, and in the process they have worked with speech therapists to develop a number of successful treatment programmes containing useful fluency techniques. One of the better known and longest established is treatment at The Apple House, which has been run at Oxford since 1964.


Speech Therapy courses for adult stammerers were started at the Warneford Hospital, Oxford, in 1964. They were initiated and encouraged by Dr. Seymour Spencer, MD, Bch, FRC Psych, DPM and Miss Catherine Renfrew, MBE, FRCSLT. From 1966 to 1998 they were directed by Mrs Gerda Wilson, MSc, MRCSLT, JP, a senior speech and language therapist whose work has been admired throughout the profession. Her achievements have been recognised by the International Association of Therapists and Counselors when in 1996 she was awarded the European Educator of the Year and in 1998 she received the Diana, Princess of Wales Award for Human Communication. From 1976 to 1998 her work at the Warneford Hospital was very ably supported and seconded by Mrs. Sylvia Davey, MRCSLT, as assistant therapist. The Oxford courses at The Apple House have been awarded the status of Health Service recognized "Centre of Excellence" and are we believe, unique in their continuous history over a period of some thirty-four year.


David W

David Ward PhD MA BSc MRCSLT, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, joined the Oxford Stammer Programme at The Apple House in 1999, having previously worked in Canada as a specialist fluency clinician and in England as as both specialist fluency clinician and lecturer/researcher. In addition to his work at the Apple House, he is currently the Director of the Speech Research Laboratory at the University of Reading, where he also lectures on disorders of fluency. He has presented papers on stammering and cluttering in Europe, the Middle East, Canada and the USA. He has also published a number of research articles, book chapters and recently a textbook on both theoretical and therapeutic aspects of  stammering (also see


Rachel Kennell  


Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and Clinical Lead for Paediatric Dysfluency in Oxfordshire, Rachel first came to the Apple House in 2001. Before training as a speech and language therapist she previously worked for fifteen years as a curator and art historian.


Paul Mann 


Originally from Derbyshire, he trained and graduated at Sheffield University in 2006. Employed by Community Health Oxfordshire, working with both pre - and school age children with a range of communication needs. He became a specialist in child fluency in 2009 and began working at the Apple House.



Stuttering and Cluttering - Frameworks for Understanding and Treatment

by David Ward. Published 2006. BOOK REVIEW




The Oxford Stammer Programme

Based at The Apple House, the Oxford Stammer Programme offers a variety of therapeutic options for adults, school-age children and pre-school children.  Individual and group therapies and an early intervention programme are available to meet the needs of those with stammer and fluency difficulties.






Children’s Drawings as a Measure of Change.  Extract from a Newsletter article


Drawings from a recent school age children group:

James age 9, Lewis age 9,

Freddie age 9

The Apple House Story. Extract from a Newsletter article



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