The Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research is a self-funded institute of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. We offer specialized treatment to children, teens and adults who stutter. In addition, we conduct research into stuttering, offer advanced professional training for speech-language pathology students and clinicians, and promote public awareness of stuttering and its treatment. One of the treatment options is SpeechEasy.
SpeechEasy is an Altered Auditory Feedback anti-stuttering device, delivering Delayed Auditory Feedback and Frequency Altered Feedback. It helps People Who Stutter increase their fluency with high-tech, quality fluency devices that are well-known, accepted and accessible.
SpeechEasy is a patented, stuttering inhibiting, prosthetic device with digital technology that delivers Delayed Auditory Feedback (DAF) and/or Frequency Altered Feedback (FAF). This feedback has the effect of inhibiting stuttering and facilitating fluency while SpeechEasy is worn. Based on “choral speech”, SpeechEasy creates the illusion of speaking in unison with someone else. It is available in four styles: the inconspicuous and cosmetically appealing Completely-in-the Canal (CIC), the open-ear acoustics Comfort Fit (CF), the practical and easy-to-handle In-The-Canal (ITC) and Behind-The-Ear (BTE).
Certified Speech-Language Pathologists Holly Lomheim, Elizabeth Haynes, and Jessica Harasym O’Byrne, staff of the Institute for Stuttering Treatment & Research (ISTAR), bring over 50 years of combined experience assessing and treating stuttering and other speech disorders. All three clinicians are experienced in the assessment and fitting of SpeechEasy fluency devices for People Who Stutter.
Clinical Director Holly Lomheim joined ISTAR in 1994 and has been a member of the team ever since. Along with the planning and coordination of intensive and refresher stuttering clinics, the supervision of Speech-Language Pathology student training, and the presentation of stuttering research, Holly excels in delivering various types of stuttering therapy to children, teens and adults. In 2008, she received the award for Clinical Excellence presented by the Alberta Rehabilitation Coordinating Council.
While Calgary clinician Elizabeth Haynes has only been with ISTAR since 2002, she has specialized in the assessment and treatment of stuttering since 1985. With years of experience in schools, hospitals, and public health settings, she has developed experience with assessment and treatment of school-aged children and adults with neurological communication problems. Well versed in many types of therapy as well as research on the assessment and treatment of stuttering, treatment efficacy and the use of telepractices, Elizabeth enjoys working with people of all ages who stutter or have other communication difficulties.
Jessica Harasym O’Byrne, a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist since 2005, has been involved with ISTAR since 2001, beginning as a volunteer and research assistant. With plenty of experience working with preschool and kindergarten-aged children with severe communication needs, as well as involvement in the supervision and clinical education of Speech-Language Pathology students and specialization in numerous types of stuttering treatment, Jessica spends her time working with clients of all ages who stutter as well as individuals with other communication needs.