SPEECH THERAPY PROGRAM WINTER 2018
INFANT SPEECH SERVICES
Babies start to communicate at birth. SLP consultation services are available for parents to discuss concerns and to discover fun ways to build speech, language and communication skills.
Services can be obtained at a Monday playgroup session (no charge); by phone or in-person (No charge for first session)
PRESCHOOL GROUP SERVICES
Monday morning drop-in playgroups
A member of the SLP team will attend one playgroup session per month to:
· Model strategies that support speech, language, feeding and communication development
· Facilitate circle time songs and stories
· Address parent questions or concerns
Tentative dates: Jan 15, Feb 12, Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14 and June 11 from 10-11 am
Hanen group - It Takes Two to Talk® (adapted)
EDSS is pleased to offer an adapted version of Hanen’s “It Takes Two to Talk®” program to members with children between the ages of 12- 60 months. This trademarked and research-based program is highly recommended for all families. It combines group learning sessions for parents and one-on-one therapy sessions with their children. The adapted version is an approved course through the Hanen Centre, and condenses some of the materials as recommended by EDSS parents who have previously completed the course.
The program consists of 7 group sessions (i.e., the orientation session and 6 learning sessions) which are for adults only. In addition, 3 one-on-one sessions (requires parents with their child) will be completed to assess each child’s communication skills and allow for the 6 group learning sessions to be individualized. Parents learn skills that are specific to helping their child, and receive specific feedback during the one-on-one sessions. Video clips are taken of each child.
Patricia Laberge, R. SLP will be facilitating this program.
Program Dates, Time & Location:
The initial group orientation session is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 22nd, at 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Following group classes to be held on February 5th, 12th and 26th, March 12th & 19th, with final group class on April 9th, 2018, 6:30 – 9:00 pm.
Individual consults will be scheduled by Patricia during class for January 25th & 29th, March 1st & 5th, & March 22nd & 26th, 2018.
No Classes February 19th or April 2nd, due to Stat Holidays
Location: All program sessions will be held at the EDSS Centre, 9139-39 Ave
This session requires 6 (min) to 7 (max) families to go forward. Spaces are ‘first come, first served’.
To reserve one of the 7 spots in the program please mail: Linda@edss.ca
Cost: $100/ members; $1500/ non-members; (includes a personal copy of “It Takes Two to Talk®” text)
AND a $200 deposit (cheque) that will be returned if at least 90% of these fall 2017 Hanen sessions are attended.
Toddler Speech Playgroup
This popular 6-week program is available for toddlers (14 months to 3 years) and their families. Parents will observe and practice strategies to encourage clearer communication through fun play activities and routines that can be used at home. For families who have attended a Hanen session, this is a great opportunity to practice some of the strategies learned.
The Toddler Speech Group will be planned and facilitated collaboratively by Michele Bennett, SLP Assistant and Judy Meintzer, SLP.
In-person or phone individual SLP consultation sessions will be scheduled before and after the group sessions to determine and support individual goals for all families not receiving recent EDSS speech services.
The speech group sessions include free play, songs, stories, games, snack time and centre activities led by the SLP Assistant. Depending on child needs, parents are asked to bring an empty cup and appropriate snack foods and/or drinks for their children. (Finger foods are preferred.)
Children must attend with a parent or other caregiver. 6-8 families can be accommodated in this class.
Dates: Friday, Feb 16 to March 23 from 9:30 to 11:00 am
Cost: $90/ EDSS member: $270 non-member
WORKSHOPS and RESOURCES (all ages)
Plans are being made to develop workshops and resources on a variety of topics for families. Please contact Judy Meintzer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have suggested topics for these sessions.
AGENCY CONSULTATIONS and SERVICES (all ages)
Consultation sessions can be arranged on request with service partners and other agencies.
From the ASAPP Website:
Many group insurance plans cover at least a portion of the cost of private services which are usually listed under “Speech Therapy”. Insurance companies may require proof that a Speech-Language Pathologist is registered with ACSLPA. Your Speech-Language Pathologist can provide your insurance company with a copy of their current practice permit. This registration indicates that an individual has met the standards required for the clinical practice of Speech-Language Pathology in the Province of Alberta.
Currently, Alberta Health Care does NOT provide coverage for private speech-language pathology services.
In some circumstances, fees have been covered for individuals receiving assistance through government funding (e.g. Program Unit Funding – PUF, Human Resources and Child Welfare, Services to Children).
Canada Revenue Agency considers fees paid to a private Speech-Language Pathologist to be a tax-deductible medical expense.