The mandate of The Speech & Stuttering Institute is three-fold: To provide clinical service, to educate and train professionals throughout the province, and to engage in cutting edge research to unearth the root causes of speech related challenges in order to find the most effective treatment methods.
The Speech and Stuttering Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with speech and stuttering challenges.
The Speech and Stuttering Institute has recently been given the prestigious designation from the Ontario Government as a “Centre for Training and Development”. This designation means that the Government is relying on our Institute to help create speech and stuttering guidelines across the Province of Ontario.
Our speech therapy programs are made possible through the generosity of donors as well as client fees.
Pre-School Speech Therapy Programs (JK Age and Under) include both group and individually customized treatment programs for preschool children with motor speech problems or fluency (stuttering) disorders. The treatment approaches we have developed for these programs address the child’s area of weakness within language-based activities and social interaction.
School-aged Speech Therapy Programs are offered for children with motor speech difficulties or for children who stutter. These programs serve participants ranging from senior kindergarten to grade eight. Therapy sessions for the motor speech program focus on improving speech production as well as sound awareness skills, and in the stuttering program the focus is on teaching children specific techniques to increase fluency and to communicate more effectively.
ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Speech Therapy Program serves children from senior kindergarten to grade 3 who have a diagnosis of ASD, are consistently communicating with others (to ask for things, make comments and ask questions) and have moderate to severe speech difficulties.
Adult/Teen Programs are offered for individuals who stutter. Programs are offered in weekly or intensive group formats. Our three-week Intensive Fluency Program for stuttering is one of only a handful in the world and its results can be quite dramatic. Participants are followed for one year after the program in order to facilitate the consolidation of fluency skills.
Summer Camp Programs are offered at The Speech and Stuttering Institute to children who are affected by either speech or stuttering disorders.
Speech Camp is for children ages 4 to 6 years old. The camp focuses on improving speech development through a series of fun and interactive games and activities. Campers have the opportunity to paddle in a pretend canoe, sleep in a tent and sing songs around the campfire…all in the safety and comfort of the Speech and Stuttering Institute building!
Stuttering Camp is geared to helping school aged children, ages 7-14 learn and practice skills to manage the fluency of their speech, again through fun and engaging activities.