Compared to the life time risks, fees are reasonable. We are less expensive than orthodontics. Our fees are considerably below those recommended by the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
No, but most people have some private insurance. Unfortunately private insurance doesn’t cover the whole burden of the expense.
Communication can be tested at any age. There are norms and milestones for
every age from birth to adulthood.
The wait and see approach can only be determined by a skilled Speech-Language Pathologist. Careful history taking, clinical observation, formal test administration and test interpretation by a professional is the only way to differentially diagnose which children will outgrow their current difficulty and which children require treatment.
Yes. Hospitals see children only until their 5th birthday. After the age of 5 it is the mandate of the School Board. Unfortunately public services have a huge capacity problem. Learning disabilities have been on the rise for the last 15 years and agencies have had difficulty keeping up. Waiting lists are usually long and the level of service is often limited. Services often emphasize screening and parent education. Their capacity for ongoing, intensive treatment is often limited.
Yes, some agencies do. Hospitals and other health care facilities often have an under capacity to serve even the most urgent and high priority services for adults with Communication Disorders. Waiting lists are usually long and the level of service is often limited. Families who wish to have more intensive treatment for their family members choose to access private insurance and pay privately for services
Absolutely. As soon as possible. During the waiting period we encourage parents to take advantage of private services and make progress while waiting.
Yes. Expenses for assessment and therapy fees are tax deductible as a medical expense as are any materials, books, or programs purchased for a child or adult with a diagnosed disability. Keep photocopies of your receipts for taxation season.