Our vision is a child who is able to communicate and learn at their fullest potential
Language and literacy skills build the foundation for learning now and in the future. Montreal Fluency Centre works with families, community groups, and schools to help children fulfill their potential by providing speech and language services in English and French.
Our evidence-based speech and language programs address specific gaps in social services delivery to Quebec’s vulnerable communities. Often these communities are comprised of linguistic and cultural minorities who live in impoverished life circumstances. Incorporating cultural sensitivity and results-based therapy into all of our activities, we reduce the long-term risks of language and literacy deficiencies, minimizing the impact they may have on children’s lives and on the quality of life in Quebec.
Where we work:
Sir Wilfred Laurier School Commission. The MFC is in Year 2 of a project to train classroom teachers to develop narrative language skills in the classroom. Year one provided training in development of oral story telling in children from kindergarten to grade 2. Year two has expanded the program to include written narratives for grades 3-5. This project is a collaboration with Rawdon Elementary School, with mentoring/training provided through videoconferencing*.
Kateri School (Kahnawake). The Oral Narrative Program is being provided to teachers through a combination of videoconferencing* and on site visits. The MFC also provides training and support for their Speech Aide Program. This involves teachers in the school who are being trained to provide structured practice of treatment goals with children with articulation problems, under the guidance, mentoring and support of a Speech Language Pathologist.
Cree School Board. The MFC is in year one of a project to develop emerging literacy in Maquatua Eeyouu School in Wemindji. Since Cree is the language of education from kindergarten to grade 2, it has been a challenge to develop this program for teachers of second language as well as Cree Language teachers. In the fall 2012 the Cree School Board will begin an early immersion of French/English and the hope is that our program will provide the foundation needed for children to succeed in reading.
CSSS de la Montagne. Following a 2-year pilot study where we developed a French language emerging literacy program for preschool teachers in classrooms, The MFC is about to begin a wider implementation of this program in partnership with the CSSS de la Montagne and the Commission Scolaire de Montréal (CDSM). We are currently preparing a large scale proposal in collaboration with the CSSS for funding to provide this program in such a way as to make a greater impact on our preschool population.
Litterol School Board. The MFC is piloting a project to provide teacher support and training for students with Speech/Language disorders via telehealth*. This future project would provide individual or small group treatment to children in remote areas of the province who are often without the service of a Speech-Language Pathologist.
Stuttering Treatment via Telepractice*. The MFC is a specialist centre for stuttering and has been using telehealth for the treatment of early stuttering. We provide assessment and treatment of children throughout Canada as well as to families living in Europe, the Middle East and the United States.
Agence Ometz. We are currently working with this community agency to provide more comprehensive services in assessment/treatment to preschool children with mild-moderate speech and language difficulties.
Montreal & Surrounding Areas. Montreal Fluency Centre operates individual and group speech language pathology sessions and a host of other language and literacy services either on site or via telepractice* through our head office located in Westmount, Quebec.
If your school or community centre would like more information about our community-based projects that can be done on site or via telepractice please contact us at 514-489-4320 or via e-mail email@example.com.
* Videoconferencing is the conduct of a videoconference (also known as a video conference or videoteleconference) by a set of telecommunication technologies which allow two or more locations to communicate by simultaneous two-way video and audio transmissions.
* Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies.
* Telepractice or online speech therapy is the use of technology to provide speech therapy via high speed internet, webcam, and headset with microphone.