MY CHILD IS ONLY 4 YEARS OLD AND ISN'T EXPECTED TO READ YET. WHAT WILL YOU DO?
There are many foundational skills a child needs in order to successfully read and write. In fact, grade curriculum expects children to show emerging reading and spelling ability by the end of kindergarten (e.g. decode simple words, use invented spelling). Foundational literacy skills include print awareness, letter-sound correspondence, and phonological awareness. If your child has difficulty with any of these skills we can work on them in therapy. Other things like articulation, language and vocabulary difficulties can also contribute to later reading difficulties. If any of these areas are concerning, our registered Speech Language Pathologist can assess these additional skills and include them in the therapy plan.
WILL MY INSURANCE COVER MY VISIT?
Speech-Language Pathology services are regularly covered by many employee health care benefit plans. Literacy assessment and intervention is considered a private Speech-Language Pathology service when delivered by a registered Speech-Language Pathologist. One of our team members, Bryanna, is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist, which would allow your child’s sessions to be claimed on your employee health care benefits package under speech and language services. Our reading and spelling intervention also qualifies for a tax deduction under the child care expense deduction and/or the medical expense tax credit, due to the fact that it utilizes Orton-Gillingham methodology. Please contact us for more information regarding insurance coverage and possible tax relief.
HOW OFTEN WILL MY CHILD NEED INTERVENTION?
It will depend on your child's individual needs and service. Once an assessment has been completed to determine your child's areas of strength and weakness, we will collaborate with you to develop an appropriate intervention plan. Reading intervention works best when the child is able to attend 3 times a week for the first two weeks and then 2 times a week thereafter. However, we are more than willing to work with you to find a schedule that works best. If you are only able to commit to therapy once a week or bi-weekly, we will find a way to make it work! Early literacy and higher-level grammar intervention doesn't require as high of a frequency - once a week or once bi-weekly is common. It is important to note that once therapy begins, there is no obligation to continue - you are free to end intervention whenever you feel it is suitable.
HOW LONG WILL MY CHILD NEED TO ATTEND?
Each child will advance at a different pace - some children will only require a limited number of sessions while other children may need a little more time to strengthen their skills. There is no minimum or maximum number of visits required. You have the right to terminate service at any time.
WHAT ARE THE ASSOCIATED COSTS?
Assessment fees include:
A preliminary telephone and/or in-person consultation visit with families to explain procedures and intervention. A detailed assessment fee will also be discussed at this consultation.
One-on-one assessment session, which may vary in length depending on the type of assessment.
A feedback meeting where assessment results will be discussed, a clinical report will be shared and reviewed, and an intervention plan will be proposed. The above mentioned clinical report will be available to the family and any other professionals the family requests a copy for.
Early Literacy Assessment: $65. This assessment takes between a half hour and 45 minutes.
Reading/Spelling Assessment: The assessment fee will vary depending on your child's age, level, and related concerns. This assessment typically varies in length from one to two hours.
Early Literacy Intervention: $40 per half hour session. This fee includes the half hour of clinical time as well as any time required for preparation and follow up/documentation from the session.
Reading/Spelling Intervention: $70 per one hour session. This fee includes the full one hour of clinical time as well as any time required for preparation and follow up/documentation from the session.
As mentioned above, many employee health care benefit plans allot funds for Speech-Language Pathology services, therefore services may be covered by your health plan. Tax credits are also possible.
Due to the fact that we are a travelling home-based service, an additional $10 travel fee may be required depending on your location within Windsor-Essex and/or Chatham-Kent.