The Speech & Stuttering Institute


Business Number: 119159358RR0001

Our Mission

The ability to produce speech that is clear, free flowing and smooth is taken for granted by most individuals, except those with a speech or language disorder. Such challenges are seriously restricting and even emotionally devastating for many children and adults. Over 80% of the people we treat are children and youth.

The mandate of The Speech & Stuttering Institute is three-fold: To provide excellent clinical service, to educate and train professionals throughout the province, and to engage in cutting edge research to unearth the root causes of speech related challenges in order to find the most effective treatment methods.

For more information, contact Loriellen Karam, 416-491-7771, ext. 243 or by email at

About Our Charity.

SSI is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with speech and stuttering challenges.

The Speech & Stuttering Institute offers two programs that transform the lives of children and adults with speech and language disorders and are recognized worldwide for their innovation, standards of excellence and exceptional results. The Children's Speech Program and the Stuttering Program are the only ones of their kind in the Greater Toronto Area and essentially throughout the province.

The Children’s Speech Program provides Speech & Language group therapy programs, consultation services for speech/language pathologists and a variety of workshops for professionals. Similarly, the Stuttering Program offers Fluency Treatment programs to clients from across Ontario and elsewhere. The Stuttering Centre also offers intensive workshops for speech/language pathologists in order to reach more children and adults.

What sets us apart?

  • We have never turned away an individual in need of therapy because of finances. Families who demonstrate financial need and cannot afford our services are provided with subsidies.
  • Our treatment approach is founded upon more than 30 years of clinical experience and research in the areas of motor speech/speech sound disorders and stuttering. Our approach to treatment has been recognized worldwide and published in scientific journals and textbooks.
  • The government has recognized The Speech & Stuttering Institute as a Centre for Training & Development and have commissioned us to develop evidence-based care pathways for professionals in the Preschool Speech and Language Services Program. We train our colleagues across Ontario to apply the principles of these care pathways, thus ensuring the highest quality of care to children and their families in this program
  • The stuttering program is the only specialized and intensive treatment program for stuttering in the greater Toronto area and one of only a handful of such treatment centres worldwide.

What is our impact?

Individuals with speech or stuttering problems are affected throughout their life, socially, educationally, vocationally and emotionally. Here at SSI we are able to transform the lives of preschoolers, school aged children, teens and adults who seek our services for their often devastating problems with communication. Clients who have gone through our programs have seen life changing results and dramatic changes resulting in better overall health and quality of life at home, school, and within their community. Despite the fact that 1 in 10 Canadians have a speech, language or hearing problem or that 11% of children in kindergarten have a speech sound disorder, our cause is still relatively unknown and unsupported.

This is the experience of a young woman who was treated at SSI as a teen and gained the speech skills and confidence to follow her dreams and is now a nurse at Sickkids: “The Speech & Stuttering Institute has had an amazing impact on my life. I have a stutter, and for most of my life this meant I could never trust that I would be able to say what I wanted say, causing immense anxiety for me when it came to speaking. Thankfully, I completed the Intensive Fluency Treatment Program at The Speech and Stuttering Institute. The program taught me reliable techniques to improve my speech, and after a lot of practice and support during and after the program I am finally able to speak fluently!”

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