FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Do I need a referral?
No, clients can self-refer. Please get in touch with us to complete the intake form.
If you are concerned about your child's speech and language development, you can schedule an initial assessment
(1-hour) with us to determine if your child's communication abilities are age-appropriate.
2. How much do your services cost?
Please inquire about our fees. Our services include direct and indirect time with our clients. Indirect time includes all the behind the scenes work such as charting, paperwork, and preparation.
1-hour session (includes 50 minutes of direct time and 10 minutes of indirect time)
45 minute session (includes 40 minutes of direct time and 5 minutes of indirect time)
3. When should my child see a speech-language pathologist?
A "wait and see" approach is not recommended (Singleton, 2018). Late talkers are children "with early language delay despite typical cognition, sensory and motor systems, and the absence of genetic or neurologic disease." At 18 months children should have at least 10-15 words and at 24 months, children should have at least 50 words and are beginning to combine words into two-word utterances. Research suggests that 1 in 5 children who are late talkers continue to have "clear, observable problems with language acquisition." Other late talkers may appear to catch up, but continue to have difficulties in language and reading tasks into adolescent.
Early intervention is vital. Speech therapy services can help parents implement strategies to facilitate their child's language growth and reduce stress for parents.
If you are concerned regarding your child's language development, check-out this form.
If you are concerned regarding your child's speech development, check-out this form.
If you are concerned about autism or your child's social communication development, check out these two articles:
4. Does my child need an assessment before starting therapy?
As every child's needs are different, an assessment can help determine your child's strengths and weaknesses and determine appropriate therapy goals. An assessment will take into account your child's unique situation and areas that you would like to address in therapy. If your child has completed an assessment recently, it will be very helpful to bring that to your first session.
5. How long and how many sessions does my child need?
As every child's needs and concerns are different, frequency and duration of therapy sessions will vary. You are welcome to discuss this question with your therapist during your initial session.
6. Do you have a waitlist?
There is no waitlist currently.
7. What payments do you accept?
Currently, only e-transfers are accepted for private pay. You will receive an invoice and receipt of payment so that you can make an insurance claim through your extended health insurance.
8. How can I pay for speech therapy services?
There are some charities and government agencies that provides funding for speech therapy services:
Cassie is on the RASP (registry for autism service providers) list in BC and can accept payment directly from your autism funding.
9. I would like to schedule an appointment. What should I do?
Get in touch with us! Fill out our contact form with your concerns and availability and we will get back to you in 1-2 business days.
10. I would like to ask some questions before committing to an assessment or therapy.
Please feel free to ask us any questions! You are welcome to fill in the form first so we can get to know what your main concerns are and then indicate that you would like to ask some questions.