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Walk/Run event for Stuttering Awareness 2015

walk pixAfter three successful years, the annual Walk/Run event for Stuttering Awareness will be continuing in 2015. The event raises money for the Speech and Stuttering Institute in Toronto. Their belief is that no one who needs this service should be turned away due to lack of funds.

Greg O'Grady, a graduate of the clinic, started the Walk/Run event in 2012. Since then thousands of dollars have been raised, made possible by the efforts of many volunteers. It takes a team of people to make it happen! People are needed for fundraising, advertising and general planning. If you are interested in volunteering, Please contact the Walk Coordinator, Greg O'Grady, by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 647-344-9363, roulette-game.org.

Participants for a Speech and Stuttering Study wanted

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The University of Toronto in conjunction with Sick Kids Hospital is looking for Participants for a Speech and Stuttering Study. Its title is:  A MEG investigation of the role of anticipation on the neural preparation for speech onset in adults who stutter

Please contact us if you are:

  • Male or female 18 to 45 years of age
  • Right-handed, English as a primary language
  • Experience stuttering since childhood
  • No other speech, language or hearing difficulties
  • Normal eyesight, or corrected-to-normal (daily contact lens use is OK)

This study includes MRI and MEG scans, and the estimated time is 3 ½ hours over 2 visits. Participants are compensated for transportation and parking expenses.

Please contact Anna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone (416) 946-8635.

 

ISTAR announces refresher and intensive course dates

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The Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research offers the following treatment courses:

Dec. 1-5, 2014 - 5 day refresher

Jan. 12-30, 2015 - 3 week intensive clinic

Feb. 6-8, 2015 - 3 day refresher

The therapy approach used during our intensive and refresher clinics is the Comprehensive Stuttering Program. Clinical staff at ISTAR are familiar with other stuttering treatment approaches and will also develop individualized treatment programs to best suit the needs or our clients as required.

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Halifax Support Group Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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The Halifax Support Group for People Who Stutter celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Thursday, November 6. CSA Board member Casey Kennedy, a person who stutters and a student of Speech-Language Pathology, encourages anyone in the area whose life is affected by stuttering to attend the group. On Thursday, author and podcaster Daniele Rossi gave a speech to the group and a documentary about stuttering was screened.

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The Canadian Stuttering Association 2014 Mini-conference

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The 2014 Canadian Stuttering Association Conference took place on October 25. It featured a series of speakers that addressed topics such as current research and treatment directions. People who stutter were also featured speakers, giving personal commentary on their own experiences and perspectives. Attendees enjoyed a lunch and time to socialize and meet people, as well as say hi to old friends.

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Remembering Norm McEwen

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Last week, Norm McEwen of Ottawa, a longstanding member of and valued contributor towards the Canadian Stuttering Association, passed away. His good humour, pleasant nature and devotion to the CSA and other causes he believed in will be remembered. We will miss him! Here, Richard Inomata remembers his friend Norm.

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