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General Stuttering Program Information
We offer individual, weekly group, and intensive group treatment programs for adults and teens who stutter. Our intensive treatment program is internationally recognized and is offered in only few clinics around the world. Individuals are seen for an assessment prior to enrollment in one of our programs to determine which program/therapy approach is best suited to your needs. Treatment is offered Monday through Friday, during regular business hours.
Our treatment approach is founded upon more than 35 years of research and experience in the area of stuttering. Responses to treatment are continually evaluated to ensure delivery of the most effective, evidence-based treatment options. Since 1975, we have provided treatment for over 4,000 individuals who stutter (ranging from 2-85 years of age) from across Canada and various countries around the world. Our approach to treatment has been published and we are involved in the training of students and SLPs across the province.
For most clients, increased fluency and confidence are common goals. Treatment typically involves teaching a set of fluency-enhancing and cognitive restructuring techniques to improve fluency and reduce anxiety/negative thoughts related to speaking. Transfer of fluency techniques to every day speaking situations and long term maintenance planning is an important part of treatment. Treatment is tailored to each client’s specific needs. In cases where fluency is not the goal, individual treatment may focus on improving confidence and acceptance of stuttering.
The results of our approach to stuttering treatment can often be quite dramatic. Approximately 90% of participants significantly improve their fluency following treatment.
Intensive Fluency Treatment Program
The Intensive Program is our most popular treatment option for teens and adults. It is designed for individuals 13 years of age to adult. It is unique in that it provides clients with a special opportunity to meet and connect with others who stutter in a supportive environment. Clients often travel significant distances to attend this program.
This three week program requires attendance 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Home assignments are given at the end of each day and on weekends therefore it is essential that the participants be fairly free of other responsibilities and commitments. Following the intensive 3 week period, one hour group maintenance sessions are offered on a weekly, bi-weekly and then monthly basis for the remainder of the year to support consolidation of fluency skills.
This program is typically offered during the months of October, January, May, July and August. School-aged participants typically attend during the summer months.
In this group treatment program, individuals are seen on a weekly basis for 20 consecutive weeks. This is followed by approximately four maintenance sessions on a bi-weekly and then monthly basis to facilitate consolidation of fluency skills. These programs typically run at least twice a year depending on interest. Space is limited to a maximum of 5 participants per group.
Upcoming Weekly Adult Group Dates:
October 24, 2017 – Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4:00pm (GROUP FULL)
January 2018 – Thursdays, 2:30 – 4:00pm for 20 weeks + 4 follow-up sessions