Category: Find Help
Published: Wednesday, 27 August 2014 18:22
Written by Super User
There are thousands of Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) across Canada, some of whom work with clinics and hospitals and others who have independent practices. But Speech-Language Pathology is a broad field, and not every SLP will have had experience treating stuttering in particular. In fact stuttering isn't even the focus of education in the field, so they may not even know very much about it. A conversation with a prospective therapist about his/her experience with treating stuttering is recommended.
Most provinces have their own governing body for SLPs to register with in order to legally practice Speech-Language Pathology in their province. You can see a list of these organizations here. These websites have a public register to look up an SLP and ensure they are a licensed member of the profession. The registration number is what insurance companies require in order to provide clients with reimbursement for services.
Some provinces such as Nova Scotia, and also the territories, do not have a governing body, and in those cases you can find an SLP registered with Canadian Association of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). They have a useful database of some SLPs across Canada.
When you contact an SLP or a clinic, the first step will be an assessment to determine the nature and extent of the stuttering and discuss the right treatment approach. Then you will schedule weekly or bi-weekly visits where the therapists will teach techniques and guide you in your stuttering maintenance practice.
It may be hard in some non-urban areas to find an SLP. Contact treatment providers in your province to see if they offer teletherapy, which may be an option.
Intensive courses are proven to give the most results in producing fluent speech for people who stutter. Depending on the person, the lasting effects of this fluency depends on a rigorous follow-up maintenance program. When attending an intensive course, the patient attends every day for 2-4 weeks, and arranges follow-up sessions afterwards, sometimes for a year or more. These programs exist in Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. For more information see our Clinics page.