SPEECH THERAPY PROGRAM FALL 2017
Workshops and resources
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.
Consultation sessions can also be arranged on request with service partners and other agencies.
Costs to be determined.
Individual speech services (all ages)
The EDSS is once again pleased to offer twice monthly 50-minute individual speech services this fall. Daytime, early evening and weekend sessions will be arranged with the speech-language pathology team based on needs and availability. Goal areas may include overall speech clarity; specific speech sounds; expressive language skills (vocabulary, grammar); language understanding (e.g. following instructions, concepts, reading comprehension); literacy; augmentative and alternative communication (AAC); and use of language (e.g. social scripts and rules).
Judy Meintzer, R.SLP, SLP(C), will be coordinating this program. The speech team is listed in the attached document. All SLPs are registered in the province of Alberta. Some services are provided by qualified SLP Assistants with direct and indirect SLP supervision.
- Intake, assessment and consultation services are provided by one of the team SLPs
- Intervention is provided by one of the team SLPs and/or SLP-Assistants
For optimal intervention results the family is expected to:
- Complete a short case history form including desired goal areas for intervention
- Complete speech/ language skills checklists
- Arrange an intake or assessment (if no recent services from EDSS)
- Attend sessions regularly
- Ensure that home practice is completed with a family member or friend who attends the sessions.
- Ensure that goals and practice suggestions have been clarified and agreed upon with the speech team.
- Encourage collaboration with other service providers (e.g. school) to ensure that goals are aligned.
Dependent on type of service- see attached document
Interested parents please contact the EDSS office and specify which days of the week you can attend and preferred time frame. We will determine the go-forward plan based on interest and numbers.
Feeding and swallowing services (new)
EDSS is excited to introduce SLP services to support feeding skills for infants and children of all ages.
Jo Anne Mahood, R.SLP, SLP(C) will be coordinating this program. She will contact families to complete an intake by phone or in-person. During this intake she will determine needs, provide resources and strategies and/or recommend appropriate referrals to other agencies.
Dependent on type of service- see attached document
INFANT SPEECH CONSULTATION 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 arranged at a Monday playgroup session (no charge); by phone or in-person ($30-50)
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 and communication development
- Facilitate circle time songs and stories
- Address parent questions or concerns
Tentative dates: Sept 25, Oct 16, Nov 20 and Dec 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- 42 months. This trademarked and research-based program 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.
Tentative Program Dates/Times
- Group orientation session - Monday, September 25 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 PM
- Learning group sessions - October 10th, October 16th, November 6th, November 14, November 20 and November 27, all at 6:30 – 9:00 PM.
- Individual consults – September 28 &/or October 2; October 19 &/or October 23; AND
- November 23 &/or November 24. (Times to be determined)
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: 1500/ non-members; $200 (which includes a personal copy of “It Takes Two to Talk®” text)
AND a $150 deposit (cheque) that will be returned if at least 90% of these fall 2017 Hanen sessions are attended/ members
NOTE: The remainder of the cost for members is subsidized by EDSS.
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, Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17 from 9:30 to 11:00 am
Cost: $200 non-member; $90/ EDSS member
Video feedback sessions
Individual video feedback consultation sessions are available to provide parents of infants and preschoolers with feedback on their use of identified interaction/ communication strategies with their child.
Parents must electronically submit a video of the interaction to the SLP 1-2 weeks prior to the consultation session.
Cost: $130 non-member; $50/ EDSS member
SCHOOL GROUP SERVICES
(Weekday) Communication Group:
This small group is open to upper elementary (grade 5-6) to Junior High aged clients that are interested in practicing conversational and social communication skills in a structured and positive environment with other peers to connect with.
The group will be facilitated by Saige Strangway, R.SLP and parent input will help determine priorities for the group members.
The program Includes:
- One individual phone or in-person consultation session with parents
- 6 group sessions with 3-6 students
Group sessions: Thursday from 5-6 pm
Dates: Oct 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23
Individual assessment and consultation sessions – TBD
Total cost - $130/ EDSS member
NOTE: All students not currently receiving EDSS speech services will need to arrange an individual assessment before the first session of the group.
(Sunday) Social Skills Group:
This group is intended for 3-5 school-aged children. Social stories and role playing will be used to help the children to read, interpret, and respond effectively to their social world. Social Stories support understanding of the actions and statements of others in specific situations – and provide the tools they will need in these situations.
This program will be planned and facilitated collaboratively by Sidiqua Mavani, SLP Assistant and Judy Meintzer, R.SLP. (Individual consultation sessions can be arranged for an additional cost on request)
Some of the topics may include:
- Making friends (greeting others, giving compliments, joining in)
- Getting my turn to talk - at home and school
- Understanding my feelings – happiness
- Getting along at school (e.g. getting ready for school, helping others, staying calm, recess, substitute teachers)
- Sundays from 12:30- 1:30 pm.
- September 17, 24, October 15, 22, 29 2017.
Cost: $80/ EDSS member
NOTE: All students not currently receiving EDSS speech services will need to complete a brief questionnaire before the first session of the group.
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.