Speech Pathology Clinic & Stuttering Therapy
The Speech Pathology Clinic and Stuttering Treatment Clinic exist thanks to a collaboration between the University of Ottawa School of Rehabilitation Sciences and the University of Ottawa Health Services. Individual assessment and treatment for adults and adolescents is offered, along with intensive group treatment programs of varying format and duration.
What to Expect
- Stuttering Therapy
- Voice Therapy
- Cognitive Communication Therapy
Services offered by the stuttering treatment clinic at UOHS include assessment and individual treatment as well as intensive treatment in a group therapy setting. Intensive clinics are run in the spring (2 weeks of daily therapy) and summer (3 weeks). Semi-intensive group treatment (twice a week sessions) may be scheduled in the fall and winter semesters, depending on patient interest. Treatment includes instruction in techniques to make speech smoother and less effortful as well as counselling in changing thoughts and attitudes towards communication that may have developed following years of struggling to speak. Treatment is fee-for-service; funding is available to offset costs for those in financial need.
Speech-language Pathologist at UOHS
Caroline Bredeson is a registered Speech-language Pathologist with over twenty years of experience treating adults with communication and dysphagia (swallowing disorder). She has practiced in Ontario, British Columbia and the American Midwest, returning to the Ottawa area five years ago. Most recently, she ran the Stuttering Treatment Clinic formerly based at the Ottawa Hospital. Her main focus at present is fluency disorders in adolescents and adults. This includes both stuttering and the less-well known disorder of cluttering. She has taught at the graduate level and regularly provides practical placements for students studying speech-language pathology. Other areas of expertise include assessment and treatment of cognitive-communication disorders resulting from traumatic brain injury, voice disorders, dysarthria (articulation problems) and swallowing.
How to Access
By Phone - Please contact Perley-Rideau Centre at 613-526-7175
No referral required. Physician referral may be required for fee reimbursement through extended health insurance plans.
Please note that the Speech Pathology and Stuttering Treatment Clinic is located at suite 117, 1750 Russell Road, Ottawa K1G 5Z6 (Perley-Rideau Centre)
|Description||Per Hour Fee|
|Evaluation - Stuttering||$200 for 90 mins|
|Individual Session (Phone or in Person)||$130|
|Group Session for Stuttering (2 or more individuals)||$300 for block of 5 or $65 each|
|Cognitive-communication Therapy Following Traumatic Brain Injury||$130|
|Intensive Clinic||$1750||12 days|
|Semi-Intensive Clinic||$950||3hrs per day twice weekly; 8-9 weeks|
|Refresher-Intensive Clinic||$120||5 hrs/1 day|
|Refresher-Semi-Intensive Clinic||$100||3hrs/1 day|
Marie Poulos Funds
The Bursary Fund was named in honour of Marie Poulos who worked at the Ottawa Hospital’s Rehab Centre Stuttering Treatment Clinic in the 80s and 90s until she was tragically killed in a car accident. Marie was much loved by her many clients and highly respected by her speech pathology peers.
Main Eligibility Requirements
Any person who stutters who can prove they would benefit from such treatment and who is financially unable to cover in whole or in part the costs of such treatments themself.
Who is Eligible?
The applicant must be a resident of the National Capital Area (Ontario and Gatineau) or a student (including international) attending any National Capital school (universities and colleges in Ottawa and Gatineau).. Applicants may access treatment in either English or French.
Summary of Eligibility Criteria
1. Proof of need for treatment
Applicant to submit document by a qualified professional indicating the results of an assessment that shows the individual can benefit from the proposed treatment program. Assessment may be done either by a speech pathologist connected with the Stuttering Treatment Program at the University of Ottawa’s Health Services Department; by a speech pathologist in private practise or another qualified individual e.g. a doctor, counselor, social worker.
2. Proof of financial need for treatment
Applicant to complete and submit the Request for Financial Assistance form and to provide written proof that he or she would not be able to access the treatment program without some financial assistance.
3. What is expected of successful applicants
An applicant who receives financial assessment may be asked at the end of the treatment to provide written testimony as to the benefits of the program and to allow such testimony to be used in future activities to publicize the Stuttering Treatment Clinic. The individual may remain anonymous if she or he so desires.
Request for financial assistance form
Please complete the form and send it by fax at Perley-Rideau Centre at 613-526-7160.
Speech Therapy as a Tax Deduction
Private speech therapy is tax deductible as a medical expense, however a medical referral is required. Please keep your treatment invoices and receipts as evidence of payment. We encourage you to consult your tax advisor for more information.
Disability Tax Credit for People who Stutter
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has recognized stuttering as a disability entitling taxpayers to a tax credit of $7,196 (2010). To apply for this credit, download a T2201 form from the Canada Revenue Agency website, or obtain the form from your nearest taxation office.
Ottawa Association of People Who Stutter: Ottawa Support group fo people who stutter (by and for people who stutter). Organizes biweekly meetings (on Thursdays between 7-8pm), location: Perley-Rideau Veteran Centre.
Association des bègues du Canada (in French only)