Stuttering

People of all ages can learn techniques for controlling their speech at Columbia Speech and Language Services and have been coming to our clinic for stuttering help since 1987.  We are proud of our expertise and reputation in stuttering treatment. We are the only clinic in British Columbia where adult clients can receive government funding to attend our treatment clinics, and have been since 1995.

We offer a friendly, supportive environment that allows our clients to improve their speech, develop confidence, and gain morale by working with other people who understand what it’s like to stutter. Our speech-language pathologists are passionate about bringing together current research, client feedback and our own extensive experience to create dynamic programs. We provide intensive practice of fluency skills, social communication skills, education for families and friends, and exercises for home practice.

For Adults

Adults and older teens are mainly seen in our adult intensive stuttering clinic which is run annually in the summer (note that for 2021, it will be moved to the fall due to COVID-19 precautions). 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.

Jump to: Schedule and Fees | Refresher Opportunities

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).
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Schedule for Fall 2021
(November 12-21 and December 3-5)

Usually, our program runs in the summer; however, due to COVID-19, we have shifted it to the fall. Our annual clinic is scheduled to begin on November 12, 2021 at 5:30pm; the first phase will run for 9.5 consecutive days, including weekends, from approximately 9-5, ending Sunday November 21. 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 and takes place from Friday December 3 (5:30pm start) to Sunday December 5.

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.

Fees

  • $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 September 17, 2021. This balance is refundable if cancellation is received in writing by October 7, 2021.

Please get in touch with our office and we can give you more details about the fee schedule, grant application process, and reimbursement process.

refresher-opportunities

After The Clinic: Refresher Opportunities For Clients

 

Improv Workshop

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.

Refresher weekend

Join the second part of the annual clinic.

  • Friday December 3, 5:30pm start
  • Saturday and Sunday December 4-5, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Cost: please enquire.

Monthly refreshers

This group meets for one evening a month. We are currently making plans for 2021-2022, 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

Individual refresher sessions

This group meets for one evening a month. We are currently making plans for 2021-2022, 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.

Still have questions? Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or send us an email!

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.

Individual Treatment

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.

Group 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 Group for Children Aged 6-9 (July 5-28, 2021) 

We are excited to announce our new virtual group for primary school-aged children who stutter, which will be running twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from July 5-28, 2021. This group will focus on fluency-enhancing techniques, as well as confidence building and parent education. Because this program will be taking place over Zoom, you can join from anywhere in British Columbia!

Cost:

Assessment Fee: $500. Children who are not already known to us will require an assessment, which will take place over two sessions and which will include a parent interview and review of previous reports, as well as direct assessment of your child. This feel will include a report, which will be provided at the end of the program and which will document progress as well as initial findings.

Program Fee: $1000 (if paid by June 10, $1200 thereafter)

Screening/ Reporting Fee: $150 for children who are already known to us to cover provision of a narrative report upon completion of the program.

Funding Assistance

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.

 

    Columbia Speech & Language Services Inc.

    604-875-9100

    info@columbiaspeech.com

    PLEASE NOTE: WE HAVE MOVED! We are now located at #507 -1755 West Broadway.