We are pleased to announce that our group has a new dynamic leader who has revamped our meetings and agenda. Camilo recently moved to Ottawa and he is bringing fresh ideas and new commitment to our group.
OAPWS plans to meet at the The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, 1750 Russell Rd, Ottawa, this Thursday, November 3rd. Camilo will personally meet people at the main entrance of the Centre at 7pm, and then move to the meeting room. (more…)
…for Stuttering at the University of Ottawa’s Health Services Department
The next intensive group treatment clinic for stuttering will take place July 11th-29th, 2016. The clinic is held at the University of Ottawa Health Sciences building, at 451 Smyth Road, Ottawa, and runs Monday-Friday, 9:00-3:00 p.m. The Clinic will be coordinated by speech pathologist Caroline Bredeson who coordinated the program when it was offered at the Ottawa Hospital’s Rehab Centre.
There is still space for full-time clients in this clinic, (more…)
The first intensive treatment clinic of 2016, “under new management” with the University of Ottawa Health Services (UOHS), will be held April 25th to May 10th. Another clinic will be offered this summer from July 10th to July 26th.
In addition to some full-time clients, we are looking to fill this clinic with a few people interested in a one or two-day refresher session. The cost will be $116 per day, for which you will be billed by the UOHS. (more…)
The next OAPWS meeting will be this Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:00pm at Lakeside Gardens. Directions are here.
As always, drop ins are welcome. Please let us know ahead of time, if possible, if you plan on attending. You can contact us here. We look forward to seeing you there!
In its recent round of funding cuts Dr. Jack Kitts CEO of the Ottawa Hospital announced that the Stuttering Treatment Clinic will close at the end of October 2015.
Reasons given by the Hospital for closing the clinic are that stuttering is not an illness requiring medical expertise and that the Hospital’s mandate is to care for Eastern Ontario’s “sickest” individuals and to not fund services that can be provided in the community.
Members of the Ottawa Association of People Who Stutter (OAPWS) have written to Dr. Kitts requesting a meeting with either him or one of his senior staff to discuss the reasons behind the closure and to suggest a delay in the closing date.
How Important Is The Stuttering Treatment Clinic To People Who Stutter? (more…)
by Stephen Goedhart
I have been a person who stutters my whole life. Many people who know me will probably be surprised to learn about this. It is because I use my speech targets – also known as skills – while I speak and thus will come across as speaking fluently. I went through a few stages in my life. A stage when I was covert about my stuttering I would change words, change topics, and avoid people. In the next stage I received therapy, joined a speech group and focused on applying my targets and learned to deal with my speech in all situations. At the current stage, I have accepted myself and wish to help those who are in need of support.
It was very difficult dealing with my speech through elementary school. I would change words, change topics and be reluctant to go to school on days when we had oral reading. Those days terrified me. I was so concerned about how everyone perceived me when I read aloud. I was so self-conscious. (more…)