Why private speech and language therapy?

There are numerous reasons to consider private speech and language services, among them include: supplemental therapy to what they are already receiving in the public system, it allows you (the parent or caregiver) an opportunity to become more involved in your child’s speech, language, and communication goals. Wait lists in the public system can be long (up to a year) so accessing private services may be beneficial while waiting for services, or a child may not qualify for services in the public system but would still benefit from support.

Are private services an “out of pocket” expense?

Yes, however most extended health care plans provide coverage for our services just like any other registered, licensed and certified professionals (e.g., chiropractor, physical therapy). Check with your provider to determine how much coverage your plan includes for speech and language services and any opportunities to top-up your plan.

How often should treatment sessions occur?

This is entirely dependent on an individual’s needs, my goals as a clinician based on my continued observation/assessment, and your goals as a parent/caregiver. By keeping an open line of communication we can work to determine what works best with your family’s schedule, the feasibility of private services, and the individualized programming required for the person receiving treatment.

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a referral to access private speech and language services. However, teachers, doctors, occupational therapists, or daycare providers may encourage you to contact a private practitioner to ensure your child’s speech and language is developing like their age-matched peers.

How do I know if my child needs help?

Trust your instincts as a parent! Consultations are free so do not hesitate to get in contact.
Child development may vary among children but here are some standard developmental milestones we expect to see:
Birth to age 1:
Babies should coo, babble, smile, enjoy social games (e.g., peek-a-boo), begin to follow language, and may begin to know a few words (e.g., “mama”, “dada”).
Age 1-2:
Children’s language will grow rapidly. Children begin to learn that words have meaning and they begin to ask for things they want. By age 2, children usually know 50 words (e.g., commands such as “all gone”, or common objects “ball”).
Age 2-3:
Children can say 150-200 words and are beginning to link two words together (e.g., “more food”).
3 years old:
Children will begin to speak in phrases and short sentences. Strangers can understand them 75-100% of the time.
If your child is not meeting any of the above benchmarks, it may indicate speech and/or language concerns.

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