Every year at the end of June, BCAPS holds a 4 day camp at silverlake camping groups. Parents, children, and youth of all ages are welcome to attend.
What is Stuttering?
Stuttering is a complex disorder manifested by the interruption of the natural flow of speech by hesitations, repetitions, prolongation of sounds, avoidances of difficult words, struggles to speak, and blockages sufficient to cause the speaker anxiety. In many individuals it is associated with secondary behaviors such as facial grimacing. Stuttering behaviour can lead to a severe breakdown in verbal communication, and can be a major disability in an individual's development.
What Causes Stuttering?
At this point in time it is not known what causes stuttering. Researchers are examining a number of theories that relate to the neuropsychological, neuropsychological, biochemical and learned aspects of stuttering. Many researchers believe that people who stutter have a genetic predisposition to do so. It is important to consider, though, that stuttering is no one's fault, and that it is not a nervous or personality disorder.
In general, about one per cent of adults stutter and about five per cent of children stutter. Typically the ratio of male to female stutterers is about four to one
Is There a Cure for Stuttering?
There is no cure for stuttering but there is hope and there can be fluency improvement. Speech Therapy programs offered by specialized speech/language pathologists, have proven to be the best treatment for long-term stuttering behavior.
If you are a parent of a child who stutters you should contact your family doctor or a speech language pathologist (many school districts have speech/language pathologists on staff, for their students). If you have any concerns about your child's speech, have an assessment done by a qualified speech language pathologist who has experience with children who stutter.
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Employment Issues Related to Stuttering
Stuttering falls under the category of "dissfluency" and is now a recognized disability within the rules and regulations or the BC Ministry of Skills, Training and Labour, a division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Among other things, this entitles people who stutter, access at no charge to an Employment Counselor specializing in people with disabilities, to assist in job search. Further, when applying for positions in the Provincial Government, people who stutter fall under BC Employment Equity legislation.
For Incidences/Problems with discrimination in the work place related to stuttering contact:
The BC Employment Standards Office
201 - 865 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC
Note: The Federal Employment Insurance department and the BC Ministry of Social Services, are two other possible sources of funding for people who stutter. Contact those offices for more information.