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What Is Speech Therapy?
Speech therapy is when a certified practitioner, known as a speech-language pathologist (S-LP) works with an adult or child who has a communication difficulty such as spoken and written language issues, speech difficulties, stuttering, voice disorders, reading, and swallowing. SL-Ps help to identify the disorder(s), evaluate it, and provide treatment for it. Education regarding specific communication disorders, how we can help and what you as a parent or caregiver can do is an important focus of assessment and treatment.
Why Is Early Intervention So Important?
Early difficulties with spoken language and understanding language can result in problems with reading, writing and overall learning. Furthermore, difficulty with social communication, an important aspect of making and keeping friends can be affected. Therefore the earlier a child gets assessed and has therapy the better.
Why Is Speech Therapy So Important?
If not addressed in a timely manner, struggles with communication can have a lifelong effect. As children get older and have a communication difficulty, it can be more difficult for them to make friends or be successful in school. If the problems persist into adulthood there can be many after effects— socially, academically and professionally. Adults with communication issues may find themselves struggling in their work and personal lives. Early intervention is key to success at any age.
How Can We Help?
Clinical studies and scientifically-proven techniques go a long way, but if you don’t understand the specific needs of the client, it becomes more difficult to treat them. Many factors including genetics, personality, and family environment play a significant role in language and communication development. At the STCC we provide a holistic approach to therapy where we examine and attempt to understand all contributing factors in order to provide the best possible assessments and therapy programs for our clients.
Are Services Covered By OHIP?
Speech-language pathology services in Ontario are not covered by OHIP but financing and other funding sources are available. Please click here for more information.

FINANCING OPTION:

1. Medicard
Speech therapy programs are covered by most private and corporate insurance plans. If you do not have these extended benefits, or if speech therapy is not covered under your plan, we offer a financing solution. The Speech Therapy Centres of Canada works closely with Medicard to offer flexible financing to meet your needs. Medicard makes applying for financing easy with a fixed monthly payment schedule, ranging from six months to five years.

Contact us today and ask us how we can help.

FUNDING OPTIONS:

1. President’s Choice Children’s Charity (PCCC)
Eligibility: A child must be 18 years of age or younger, be a Canadian citizen and/or have permanent resident status in Canada, and have a physical or developmental disability. The family total income must be $70,000 or less/year.

To Apply: For more information and to obtain an application form visit: http://www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/community/pccc/apply-for-funding.html
Contact: 1-866-996-9918

2. Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity
Eligibility: A child must be 21 years of age or younger and a permanent resident of Ontario. Families must have a total gross income of $60,000 or less/year. Proof if income is required.

To Apply: For more information and to download an application form visit: http://jenash.org/get-help-now/application/
Contact: (905) 852-1799

What to expect from an assessment on your child during the first appointment?

During the Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) assessment, testing will take place and the parent/caregiver will be interviewed.

Depending on the communication issue, the areas that may be assessed include:

  • How your child communicates (pronunciation, voice, fluency)
  • Language expression (what they say – vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure)
  • Language comprehension (what they understand)
  • Play and social communication skills (how they communicate – body language, eye contact, greetings etc.)
  • For older children, SLP’s may also assess reading and writing skills.

Parent Interview includes:

  • A review of the family questionnaire (it is important to get to know more about each child)
  • What are the concerns with regards to your child
  • A chance for the parent/caregiver to create a more complete picture of your child’s issues

As parents/caregivers, your impressions and opinions about your child’s communication issues are a very important part of the whole assessment process.

Testing

For children under 3.5 years old:

  • Your child will be assessed while taking part in play-based activities. These activities will be fun for your child and are usually things that can be done on the floor or a tabletop. The parent/caregiver may be invited to join the SLP and your child in these activities. The SLP will determine whether formal (more structured) and/or informal testing is required.

For older children:

  • An older child’s assessment is more structured. Older children can be asked to answer some questions (both verbally and non-verbally – pointing), follow a set of directions, or copy communication made by the SLP.

Following the Assessment:

  • After the assessment is completed, you will be given an overview of your child’s speech and language skills and recommendations for therapy. This may be given at the time of the assessment or several days later, as the SLP may require some time to gather the information in order to develop goals and a speech therapy treatment plan.

Our Clinics

Richmond Hill

Head Office and Main Clinic
120 West Beaver Creek Road. Unit 22 Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1L2
Tel: 905.886.5941 | Fax: 905.886.2362

Ajax

Kids Clinic
300 Rossland Rd. E.
Suite 301. Ajax, ON L1Z 0M1

Brampton

Bovaird Pediatric Clinic
11&12 – 965 Bovaird Dr. W
Brampton, ON L6X 5K7

Proudly serving the following locations through our Richmond Hill Ontario office:

Bradford | Vaughan | Maple | Aurora | Woodbridge | Oak Ridges | Stouffville | Markham | North York

Proudly serving the following locations through our Ajax Ontario office:

Stouffville | Uxbridge | Pickering | Whitby | Oshawa | Scarborough

Proudly serving the following locations through our Brampton Ontario office:

Mississauga | Oakville | Milton | Etobicoke | Georgetown | Brampton | Burlington

Also Serving

Aurora | Newmarket | Markham | Thornhill | GTA | Mississauga | Brampton | Burlington | Ajax | Oshawa | Pickering | Ottawa

Speech Therapy Centres of Canada Ltd. is in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Our Accessibility Customer Service Policy is available upon request. Please feel free to contact us for more information: [email protected]