Questions related to our services
Do I need a referral from a doctor?
A doctor’s referral is not required, you can self-refer. Please fill out our online intake form under the Contact tab.
While we do frequently receive referrals from paediatricians, social workers, counsellors, ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialists, Audiologists, Behaviour Consultants and school teams, a referral is not necessary. If you feel your child may benefit from speech and/or language services, you can refer your child for an initial consultation with one of our SLPs.
Does my child need an assessment? Can we start therapy without an assessment?
Every child’s speech and language needs are unique, and we know that for best outcomes, therapy goals consider a child’s strengths and challenges. Assessment helps the SLP determine where a child may have gaps in learning, which is useful in determining priority and procedure for addressing speech and language needs. There is no “one size fits all” solution in speech and language therapy - your child’s intervention plan should reflect their unique situation and address the most important aspects of communication for your child and family.
My child is a late-talker, should I be concerned?
Children may be considered a “late talker” if they use fewer than 50 words by age 2. While kids may “catch up” to their peers on their own, an SLP can help guide parents and family members in using strategies to promote this growth, as well as monitor your child’s progress. This can be done through consultations with parents and regular check-ins, or even through direct therapy time.
If you have concerns about your child’s talking, an SLP can use assessment to develop strategies suited to your child. We don’t recommend a “wait and see” approach, as direct early intervention can help avoid possible social and emotional consequences that sometimes accompany communication difficulties, even in the early years.
For more information on speech, language and communication milestones, organized by age, please scroll down below.
How often does my child need therapy?
The frequency of therapy services depends on many factors, including diagnosis, severity, financial abilities, as well as parental involvement and availability.
The SLP can discuss the best treatment plan with you, according your child’s goals. Treatment session are usually 1 hour long. We do sometimes offer 30 and 45 minute sessions, according to the needs of your child and your family.
How do I initiate the self-referral process?
Please fill out our online intake form under the Contact tab. We will connect with you within 5 business days. If you do not hear from us within 5 business days, please visit www.speechandhearingbc.com to find an SLP in your area.
What information do I need to bring to an initial appointment?
Please bring any relevant medical or school documents, such as previous assessments, hearing screenings/test results, or teacher reports.
If you will be using funding from a program or charity to access speech and language services, please bring the information needed for accessing that funding.
What are my options for paying for speech and language services?
There are many options for accessing funding for speech and language services. You may be eligible for reimbursement through your extended health, or your child may qualify for funding through one of the following programs and charities:
Please contact the above programs for inquiries about possible available funding. Our SLPs can offer services to help apply for funding, as applicable to your child’s circumstance.
We also accept private pay via cash, cheque, or debit card in our office. We do not take credit cards at the moment.
Is there a waitlist?
Some of our therapists are completely full. There are a couple of therapists who are still taking clients during the day. Our afternoon spots are mostly full at the moment. We encourage parents to consider group therapy options if there are no one-on-one therapy spots available.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist (CASLPA)
The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA)
Canadian Stuttering Association
American Sign Language
Typical Speech & language Development
Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Autism Society Canada
Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance
Centre for ADHD Awareness
Attention Deficit Disorders (U.S. Website)
National Autism Association
United States Common Core Standards (for reference)
Autism Funding Unit
BC Association for People Who Stutter (For Clients with Fluency Disorders)
Super Duper Publications
Picture Exchange Communication System
Mayer-Johnson – Boardmaker
Strategies for Parents
Helpful Strategies to Teach Your Child to Use Language
Baby Sign Language
The Hanen Centre
Special Education Guide
The Hanen Program
The Scerts Model
The Floortime Foundation
Handwriting Without Tears
The Prompt Institute
The Kaufman Speech Praxis Technique
Picture Exchange Communication System
Mindfulness & Stuttering