Adults and older teens are mainly seen in our adult intensive stuttering clinic which is run annually. Our Program for 2022 is scheduled to run from October 28 to November 6 and November 18-20. Intensive group treatment is the best evidence-based practice for long-term speech improvement for people who stutter or stammer. Another draw of this intensive clinic is that full funding is available via grants from the provincial government. (See below for details.)
Regardless of whether you are interested in the clinic or in individual sessions, all adults start with an initial consultation/screening appointment. This appointment is about an hour in length and costs $200. You will discuss the treatment options with your speech-language pathologist and make a plan.
Adult Intensive Stuttering Clinic Overview
In this program, clients spend up to 100 hours working on fluency and communication skills. They practice and develop these skills in the clinic, and learn to generalize them by going on group outings and bringing friends and family to class for special activities (note that during COVID-19, we have had to adapt these activities, but we have found ways to make them happen!). Scheduled for maximum use of evenings and weekends, the program only requires one week away from work or school.
The work doesn’t end when the clinic ends! Controlling speech takes daily practice, and our speech-language pathology team follows up with clients to bolster their progress after the clinic ends. Clients meet with a speech-language pathologist for follow up at the one and two years marks post-clinic, and additional refresher opportunities are available throughout the year for a fee (see “Refresher Opportunities” below).
Schedule for Fall 2022 – October 28-November 6 and November 18-20
Usually, our program runs in the summer; however, we have shifted it to the fall for 2022. Typically, the first phase will run for 9.5 consecutive days, including weekends, from approximately 9-5. Note that, due to lower registration numbers to address COVID19 safety, the actual hours may be modestly reduced. The second phase, or “completer weekend” is also a mandatory part of the clinic.
BC residents ages 19 and over may be eligible for full funding for the intensive clinic on a “first come, first served” basis! Criteria for this funding is not based on your financial situation. Please visit the Fred Gingell Memorial Stuttering Treatment Grant page or email us for more information.
- $200 screening fee, payable at time of booking appointment (non-refundable)
Total cost: $5200
Breaks down into:
- $1300 clinic deposit, payable at time of registration (non-refundable)
- $3900 balance, payable by August 31, 2022
Please get in touch with our office and we can give you more details about the fee schedule, grant application process, and reimbursement process.
After The Clinic: Refresher Opportunities For Clients
After a successful pilot program, we are once again partnering with Tightrope Theatre this fall to provide improv for people who stutter. Details to be announced.
Join the second part of the annual clinic.
- November 18-20, 2022
- Cost: please enquire.
This group meets for one evening a month. We are currently making plans for 2023, but have not yet firmed up dates due to COVID-19. Please check back or email us if you’d like to be notified once the schedule is decided.
- Cost: TBC
Full program refresher
Graduates of our intensive adult program are able to do the full clinic for a second time at a substantially reduced rate.
Please note that if you have previously received funding from the Fred Gingell Memorial Stuttering Treatment grant, you will not be eligible to receive this funding a second time.
For Children and Teens
Children and teens are sometimes seen individually, and sometimes in small groups for semi-intensive group stuttering treatment. This is determined based on each child’s needs, in consultation with your speech therapist. We always start with a 2-session assessment, which will consist of interviews with both the child and parent as well as an assessment of the child’s speech. The assessment also includes a formal written report. Not only will this give us (and you) a picture of your child’s current needs, but it also ensures that your child will be a good fit with the methods/goals for either of our programs.
We see children of all ages for stuttering treatment on an individual basis. We have several speech-language pathologists with experience in the area of paediatric stuttering; please enquire. Students are referred to either group or individual treatment by speech-language pathologists, parents, teachers, physicians, and psychologists.
For young children, we use the evidence-based “Lidcombe Treatment Program”, which is the gold standard for children up to age eight. The Lidcombe Program for the treatment of early stuttering was originally developed in Australia. It is now used around the world by therapists who specialize in preschool-aged stuttering treatment.
Our group clinics are specially designed for children/teens ages 8-14 (note that most groups have narrower age ranges than this).
Students develop their fluency and social communication skills by working in groups led by a speech-language pathologist. In our fun, supportive atmosphere, students can feel at ease as they learn and practice techniques for controlling their speech. Speech-language pathologists meet regularly with parents during the program to discuss progress and teach strategies for home practice.
Virtual Stuttering Camp for Children + Teens (Dates TBA)
We are pleased to offer this new diversity-affirming program, which will focus on self-confidence, sharing peer experiences, self-acceptance, self-advocacy and fun. The environment will be positive, supportive and playful! This is not a program focused on fluency shaping skills and strategies, (although kids are welcome to practice those during the program if they wish). We are running this group virtually in the fall of 2022, dates to be announced.
Assessment Fee: $200. Children who are not already known to us will require a screening session, which will take place over Zoom or in our Vancouver office. This session gives our SLP the opportunity to meet with your child and determine if this program would be a good fit.
Program Fee: $950 (if paid by the Early Bird Registration Date, $1200 thereafter)
Columbia Speech and Language Services maintains a list of charities and agencies who fund children and adults in need of financial assistance for our stuttering programs. We are happy to share this on request; please just email us.
Funding Assistance for Children
If you are a speech pathologist referring a client to our program, please note: clients and their families need as much notice as possible to arrange their schedules and to contact funding agencies to apply for financial assistance, if necessary. For example, Columbia advises summer program clients to submit funding applications well before spring break; we advise you to talk to parents as early as January so that families have information in time to make key decisions.
Funding Assistance for Adults
For participants of our Adult Intensive Stuttering Clinic, The Fred Gingell Memorial Stuttering Treatment Grant offers full funding for this program to residents of B.C. who are 19 and older. Clients registered in our program can apply for this grant, even if they are not in need financially. For more information, visit the Fred Gingell Memorial Stuttering Treatment Grant page or email us for more information.
Apart from this grant and/or for individual treatment, there are a few other potential funding sources, which we can explore with you at our first meeting. For example, employers may fund employees who stutter. The Insurance Corporation of B.C. and the B.C. Crime Victim Assistance Program have offered funding to people who stutter as a result of motor vehicle accidents or criminal injuries. Extended medical plans often cover a portion of stuttering treatment fees.