SPEECH THERAPY FOR TEENS | SPEECH THERAPY FOR ADULTS | IN-PERSON OR ONLINE
SPEECH THERAPY FOR TEENS | SPEECH THERAPY FOR ADULTS | IN-PERSON OR ONLINE
A private SLP works in private practice. Working in private practice means that a fee is charged for services ("fee-for-service"). On the other hand, public SLPs work for publicly-funded systems (paid for by taxpayer dollars), such as hospitals, large rehabilitation centres, schools, etc. Private SLPs work independently of the public system.
No. As a private practice all services are "out-of-pocket" (fee-for-service) and are not free or covered by OHIP.
Adults seeking OHIP/publicly-funded SLP services, please speak with your family physician or search for an SLP on the CASLPO directory listing all Ontario SLPs: http://publicregister.caslpo.com/
There are various levels of assessments, starting at the hourly rate of $130. Therapy starts at $70 for 30 minutes.
You can take advantage of a unique cost-saving Prepaid Therapy Block package where you receive a 10% discount when you prepay for a block of 6 sessions at a time.
Services billed to auto insurance or WSIB are subject to different fees.
Contact Kerry for a customized quote.
For your convenience, we accept all forms of payment, except debit. Clients can pay by email money transfer, cheque, cash, and credit card. We also offer direct billing when requested.
Many individuals have SLP/speech therapy coverage through their post-secondary school's Student Health Insurance plan or their workplace's Employee Health Benefits (EHB) plan. Enquire with your school or workplace for further details. Direct billing to your EHB insurer may be available by request.
Auto insurance coverage may be available if you were injured in a motor vehicle collision and need SLP services as a result. WSIB coverage may be available if you were injured at work and need SLP services. Veterans may also receive funding for SLP services via Blue Cross. In all three cases, Connect Speech is a qualified provider and may directly bill.
Some SLP expenses may be considered as a medical expense claim for income tax purposes. Consult with an accountant for more details.
For those in significant need of services but who are unable to afford them because of financial hardship or extenuating circumstances, you are encouraged to contact Kerry to explore solutions that may assist you. Pro bono services may be provided to select clients who make the request and qualify. Otherwise, you may qualify for a fee deduction.
For those seeking other funding assistance, please contact us for a list of charities and organizations you can apply to.
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are healthcare experts with specific training to evaluate, diagnose, manage and treat communication, cognitive-communication and swallowing difficulties and disorders.
We also have important roles in advocating for access to SLP services, educating others about our role, training staff and caregivers, and counselling clients and families dealing with difficult communication changes. SLPs do research to establish best practices and current evidence, and provide preventative services and early intervention to help children or adults who have just been diagnosed with a communication or swallowing disorder or who are at-risk of developing one.
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) is an allied health profession, which means they essentially work in healthcare but are not nurses or doctors. Rather, SLPs work with and help doctors and nurses; as well as, teachers, and other allied health professionals like audiologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, and social and mental health care workers.
SLPs work with people of all ages, from babies to adults. They work in homes, daycares, schools, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care/nursing homes, research settings, corporations, government, organizations, and - as in our case - private practice.
To become a Speech-Language Pathologist in Canada, you must have a 4-year undergraduate university degree. After that, you apply to be accepted into a highly-competitive 2-3 year SLP Master's degree program and undergo rigorous classroom and practical, hands-on training.
Once you receive the Master’s degree, you must register with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). CASLPO is mandated to regulate the profession of SLP by setting the standards for entry into the profession, ensuring everyone who is working as an SLP in Ontario is doing so legally. CASLPO provides oversight of all members, develops standards and guidelines, and administers quality assurance programs to help SLPs remain competent in their skills and knowledge. For example, all SLPs are required to meet a set amount of hours doing continuing education/learning activities each year.
An SLP (Speech-Language Pathologist) is also often referred to as a speech therapist or clinician; simply different names/titles for the same job.
A Communication Health Assistant (CHA) is also referred to as a Communication Disorders Assistant (CDA), or a Speech Language Therapy Assistant. To become a CHA, you must have a college diploma or a university degree. After that, you complete a 1 year college training program. They are not a regulated health profession. However, they are paraprofessionals who assist the SLP professional to help with screening and treatment. They must work under the guidance of the SLP. They are not qualified to assess. They also assist Audiologists.
Although SLPs are qualified to help adults who stutter, have a frontal lisp (mix up the S sound with the TH sound), or who need help to clearly say speech sounds (articulation), our title of "Speech Therapist" can be misleading. We do much more than just treat stuttering, lisps or "speech".
Adults who have ABI, chemo/cancer-related treatment, mild TBI (concussion) or more significant TBI, may experience difficulty with thinking and communication. For example, finding the right words in conversations, filtering thoughts when speaking, remembering tasks, recalling verbal information or instructions, focusing or processing while reading, focusing during class lectures or meetings, planning and organizing a complex schedule, processing information quickly, multi-tasking, making decisions, etc. All of these are aspects of executive function and cognition (how we think, remember, focus, etc.) that are closely tied to communication – otherwise known as “cognitive-communication.” People are often surprised that SLPs are uniquely trained to help with these issues.
Teens and adults of any age often receive speech therapy services for a wide range of concerns and needs. However, if you have a clinical condition or concern that is outside of our scope, we will do our best to refer you on to another professional who is better suited to help you.
Majority of appointments are scheduled during the daytime. There are limited times available for evenings. Weekends are not currently available.
EFFECTIVE MAY 26, 2020: in-person sessions are limited and available only when deemed clinically necessary and on a priority basis, due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and Ministry of Health directives. We will also happily serve you virtually via online/telepractice platforms.
Yes, we are proud to offer the option to meet clients wherever they are, in London and surrounding area. This is by request. Hospital visits are case-by-case. Additional travel fees may apply.
Yes, Connect Speech offers virtual therapy (a.k.a. teletherapy, telepractice, online therapy) to anyone in Ontario.
Virtual therapy is ideal for those who prefer to stay home, are unable to access transportation, have limited mobility, or live in rural areas. Sessions can occur on any computer or mobile device that has access to a good internet connection.
To get started, you can contact us to refer yourself (or your client, family member or loved one). You do not need a doctor's referral to access private SLP services. We provide a free phone consultation and explain the entire process, based on each client's needs. Some clients require an SLP assessment; some have already been recently assessed and just need to begin therapy.
Some clients are with us for weeks, others with us for months or more. Sometimes we are consulting with families for a few sessions, touching base as needed afterwards. After assessing you, your SLP can recommend a plan that considers your clinical case/concern, your limits (funds/schedule/logistics), and best practices for intervention.
Like anything that requires new learning, working with an SLP requires practice and motivation for a client to make progress ("progress" is relative to the clinical concern/goals of each client). Consistently doing any recommended home practice exercises between sessions will helps you to make progress.
It is best to contact us to discuss your situation.