FAQ

Do I need a doctor’s referral?
No, you do not require a doctor’s referral to see a speech language pathologist.

Do I need to bring my child to your office?
No, we provide services in your home. The in-home setting is familiar and comfortable for your child, and convenient for the whole family.

Does my child need to see a speech-language pathologist?
If you have any concerns about your child’s speech and/or language, it is best to seek out the advice of a professional. For the link to a detailed outline of speech and language milestones, please refer to our ‘resources’ page.

At what age should my child be speaking?
The age and rate at which a child begins speaking can vary greatly. By 18 months, many children have approximately 25 words, can understand simple instructions (i.e., “go get your bear”) and can respond to simple WH-questions (i.e., “what’s your name?” or “where is the ball?”). By age 2, a child typically has 100 words and is beginning to combine 2 words together. By age 3, a child should be linking words together, asking WH-questions, following multi-step instructions, and be easily understood by others.

Will my child “out-grow” their speech and/or language impairment?
While some children may overcome their communication difficulties without intervention, it is not recommended to wait. If you have any concerns at all regarding your child’s speech and/or language, it is important to seek the opinion of a speech language pathologist. If there is a concern, then you will have already started the process of early identification and treatment. If there is no concern, then you can continue to monitor the development of your child without worry.

What kind of payments do you accept?
Payments must be received via cash, cheque or email transfer on the day of the appointment. Please be aware that we are unable to bill our services to your Extended Health Plans directly.

Do you work with adults?
We currently work with adults who wish to modify their accent.

Can you see my child at their school/daycare?
This could be arranged depending on the school/daycare. Please discuss this possibility with your speech language pathologist.

Is there any funding available or are you covered by OHIP?
No, unfortunately services provided at SpeakAble Speech Therapy are not covered by OHIP, however, there are charities that provide financial assistance to qualifying families.

What is a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)?
A Communicative Disorders Assistant is a support personnel to a Speech-Language pathologist. With growing caseloads, the CDA’s role is to help the SLP implement their treatment plans in order to keep up with the demand of new intake while still providing top quality services. They have a university or a diploma degree in the field of communication disorders. They work closely and under regular (direct and indirect) supervision of the Speech-Language Pathologist.

Do insurance companies reimburse services provided by a Communicative Disorders Assistant? 
Communicative Disorders Assistants are non-regulated professionals, therefore, some insurance companies do not provide reimbursement. If your Speech-Language Pathologist recommends your child work with a CDA but your insurance company will not accept claims, talk to your clinician about how to proceed.