FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between a Speech and Language Pathologist and a Communicative Disorders Assistant/Speech Language Assistant?
A Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) has a masters degree as well as a bachelors degree whereas the Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA or Speech and Language Assistant (SL-A)) has a bachelors degree and a CDA certificate.
Are speech and language services covered by OHIP?
Unfortunately not. Some extended health care benefits through your employer do cover speech and language therapy so check your insurance provider. Most clients pay out of pocket.
Do I need a doctor's referral to start speech therapy?
No. Simply call or email us to get the process started.
What is the process?
The process begins once you call us and tell us a little bit about your child. Based on that information a free in-home intake is booked. During the intake I ask the parent(s) questions and play with the child while making observations to pass along to the speech and language pathologist. After looking at the intake and any reports the parents provide, the SLP needs to decide whether or not the child is a good candidate for Communicative Disorders Assistant intervention. If he or she is a good fit to work with the CDA then the initial assessment is booked.
After the assessment do we see the Speech Pathologist again?
Yes. A joint session schedule will be recommended by the SLP in order to ensure that your child’s goals are updated on a regular basis. The frequency of joint sessions depends on the child’s progress and degree of need.
Is the SLP being updated regularly on my child`s progress?
Yes. The CDA sends the SLP therapy notes after each session and receives feedback on a regular basis ensuring that the child`s progress is being monitored and updated by the SLP regularly.
Do you have a waiting list?
No. From the initial contact to when the CDA receives the goals the entire process takes less than a month depending on client availability to attend the initial assessment.
Where do sessions take place?
CDA sessions can be done in the client`s home or day care (with permission from the day care) or out in the community. All of the materials needed for the session are brought by the CDA.