Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for Speech Therapy, and our Confident Voices After-School & Weekend Program below. For more information about Camp SAY, please visit CampSAY.org.
What benefits can I expect from SAY’s Speech Therapy program?
Although the benefits that each child receives are largely determined by their individual therapy goals, children and teens can expect to enjoy enhanced confidence, greater independence, increased school participation and very importantly – the ability to most effectively advocate for themselves. Children and teens that participate in group therapy sessions also develop important new friendships.
What Is SAY’s speech therapy philosophy?
SAY uses a comprehensive approach that incorporates physical strategies to make talking easier, as well as education, fear reduction, counseling, and parent/family involvement.
What are the goals of therapy?
SAY believes that children benefit from a fully customized approach to speech therapy. During an initial consultation, our speech-language pathologist – who has extensive experience working with children who stutter – creates specific therapy goals with each child and their parents. Many families come into therapy with the goal of 100% fluency. While this can be difficult for some to achieve, by examining current stuttering behaviors, the stuttering frequency can be reduced and associated struggles can be eliminated.
SAY’s speech therapy helps each child develop healthy attitudes and feelings about speaking, reduces situational and word fears, enhances a child’s ability to communicate, and increases their knowledge about stuttering. While each child grows in unique ways during therapy, SAY helps young people who stutter discover that stuttering doesn’t have to define them or hold them back from being effective communicators.
My child has received speech therapy in school. Will this be any different?
SAY’s speech therapy is a little different than other therapy options because SAY specializes in stuttering. Speech-language pathologists are trained in a vast number of disorders. However, many speech therapists have limited experience working with children who stutter due to the fairly low incidence of stuttering in general. To ensure that your child is receiving the best treatment, we recommend finding a speech-language pathologist who specializes in the affective, behavioral, and cognitive areas of stuttering.
Who will be providing the therapy?
SAY’s bilingual (English & Spanish) Speech Therapy program is led by licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Fergie Cantos, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE. Fergie earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Spanish, with a minor in Therapeutic Recreation from St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University, and recently completed the Bilingual Extension Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University, and acquired her Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities certification (TSSLD).
Fergie obtained graduate clinical experience at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital and Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation Hospital in Maryland and previously worked in a dual-language program (English & Spanish) at Woodland Elementary in Gages Lake, Illinois. Currently, Fergie also works for the New York City’s Department of Education in District 75, a highly specialized instructional support program for students with varying disabilities.
Fergie has been a supportive friend to the SAY community for many years, as a volunteer, a teaching artist, and a counselor at Camp SAY, and is passionate about working with children who stutter, particularly children who may be experiencing disfluencies in two languages.
Where are the sessions located?
Group and individual sessions are held at the SAY main office in New York City (Times Square area) at 247 West 37th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10018.
Teletherapy sessions are also available for those who reside outside the New York area.
How long is each session?
Individual session times vary depending on age. Pre-schoolers are typically seen for 30 minutes. School-age children and teens are typically seen for 45-50 minutes. Group sessions meet for 60 minutes.
Speech therapy can get expensive. Do you have financial aid?
SAY is committed to providing the highest level of speech therapy at an affordable price. SAY wants to ensure that every child has the opportunity to receive speech therapy by a stuttering specialist, regardless of financial status, so we offer sliding scale rates.
Do you accept health insurance?
SAY does not accept health insurance, but we do encourage parents to submit a therapy invoice to their insurance provider. Some companies will reimburse treatment costs, depending on the plan’s coverage. Click here for Important Insurance Guidelines: Guide for Obtaining Reimbursement for Stuttering Treatment. SAY also offers need-based financial aid.
For more information or if you have added questions? Please submit an inquiry or contact Fergie Cantos, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE at 212.414.9696 extension 205, or Fergie@SAY.org, who will answer any questions you may have and schedule a consultation, if desired.
What benefits can I expect my child to receive from SAY’s Confident Voices After-School & Weekend program?
Children and teens receive so many important benefits from our After-School & Weekend program, including enhanced confidence, new friendships, greater independence, increased school participation, and very importantly, young people learn how to most effectively advocate for themselves!
Is there a fee to enroll in SAY’s Confident Voices After-School & Weekend Program?
NO. Each of our After-School & Weekend programs is offered FREE of charge.
My child is not interested in performing. Do they have to participate in the final presentation?
Each child or teen decides the level at which they wish to participate in all aspects of our programming. Some children want to appear on center stage, while others may opt for an important behind-the-scenes role – with each choice being meaningful and empowering.
Do many children return to the Confident Voices program?
The benefits that children and teens receive from our Confident Voices After-School & Weekend program are so profound that 80% choose to enroll for another season. Many children remain in the SAY After-School & Weekend program until they turn 18, and then continue to be a part of the SAY “family” as program mentors.
What types of resources are provided for the parents of Confident Voices After-School & Weekend program participants?
When your child joins the After-School & Weekend program you will be welcomed into a dynamic community of parents. We offer a monthly parent education series designed to forge strong relationships among families so you may access and share information about a broad range of topics. Our parent community is a powerful support system and a safe place for families to learn more about stuttering and how best to support their children.
How do I learn about Confident Voices program dates?
Click here for dates and information about SAY’s Confident Voices program sessions.
How do I enroll my child in the Confident Voices After-School & Weekend program?
You can begin the enrollment process online by clicking here. If you have questions about enrollment please contact Kate Detrick at Kate@SAY.org or Aidan Sank at Aidan@SAY.org or by phone at 917.697.7183.
What are the ages of children in the Confident Voices After-School & Weekend Program?
SAY’s After-School & Weekend program welcomes young people ages 8-18 and children are teamed-up with peers in their own age group. Programs also incorporate an important mentoring component with teens working with younger children to help them build confidence and communication skills. For added details about each program and location, please contact Kate Detrick at Kate@SAY.org or Aidan Sank at Aidan@SAY.org, or by phone at 917.697.7183.
Can SAY present at my child’s school for students and/or teachers?
Absolutely. SAY is committed to educating schools and communities about stuttering and we offer a variety of options tailored for each type of audience.
Added questions or want more information? Please submit an inquiry or contact Travis Robertson, Vice President of Programming/Camp Director at Travis@SAY.org or call 646.403.3516.