SPEECH THERAPY PROGRAM WINTER 2019
WORKSHOPS and RESOURCES:
Please contact Judy Meintzer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have suggested topics for workshops or resources. Consultation sessions can be arranged on request with service partners and other agencies on request.
Working Bee: Building on visual strengths - TBD
Speech, language and literacy skills are often learned best during fun, engaging functional activities with peers. Family members understand and use new strategies to support these skills throughout the day when they have the opportunity to observe and practice them together.
NOTE: No refunds are offered for missed group sessions. If a group program is cancelled due to low registration, participants will be notified immediately after the registration deadline and their monies refunded. If unforeseen circumstances (therapist illness; weather warnings) result in your therapist cancelling a group class, participants will be offered a make-up class.
Monday morning drop-in playgroups
A member of the SLP team will attend one playgroup session most months to:
Dates: January 14, February 25 and April 8 from 10-11 am (no charge)
Hanen: “Adapted It Takes Two to Talk ®”
The EDSS is pleased to offer the intensive speech & language therapy program known as Hanen’s “Adapted It Takes Two to Talk®” to our members with children between the ages of 12 - 60 months. This trademarked and research-based program is used by Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP’s) world-wide. The program is a combination of group learning sessions for parents and one-on-one therapy sessions with children. We will be able to accommodate 6 families on a first come, first served basis.
This “Adapted It Takes Two to Talk®” is a program for parents of children 12 months - 60 months who have speech and language delays. This “Adapted” version is an approved course through the Hanen Centre, which condenses some of the materials as recommended by previous parents who have taken this course through the EDSS.
The program recognizes:
What Parents Learn:
Parents learn this information in a series of 6 group learning sessions (including orientation) that include video clips, power point, and parent activities. These 6 group learning sessions are for adults only. The 3 one-on-one sessions with Patricia are for a child and his/her parents. These 3 one-on-one sessions are for assessment and treatment of 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 then receive specific feedback from Patricia during the one-on-one sessions. Video clips are taken of each child so that you can “see” what is helping.
Patricia LaBerge, R. SLP Speech-Language Pathologist
The cost for EDSS families is $230.00 (non-member price $950), which includes $60.00 for the “It Takes Two to Talk” book that you will keep as a valuable resource.
NEW: Fun with Music and Language for 0 – 24 month olds
Most babies and toddlers with Down syndrome love music. They enjoy the rhythm, actions, sounds and words of speech in songs and fingerplays – watching, listening, cuddling, rocking, moving and making sounds. Parents will learn new songs to share at home to build early speech, language and literacy skills.
This program is intended for babies and will be facilitated by Sharla Quantz, MYCC, SLPA and Marnie Paul, R.SLP
Children must attend with a parent or caregiver. 4-6 families can be accommodated in this group.
Dates: Friday, Jan 18, 25; Feb 1, 8, 15, 23 from 9:30 – 10:30
Cost: $65/ member ($230 non-subsidized)
Early preschool speech playgroup for 2 to 3 ½ year olds
This popular 6-week program is available for toddlers (2 to 3 1/2 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. Sessions include free play, songs, stories, games, snack time and centre activities. 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.)
This program will be planned and facilitated collaboratively by Michele Bennett, SLP Assistant and Marnie Paul, SLP. Participants will complete checklists before and after the group. In-person or phone SLP consultation sessions will be arranged to determine and support individual goals for all families.
Children must attend with a parent or other caregiver. Other family members are also welcome. 4-6 families can be accommodated in this class.
Dates: Friday, Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 9:30 to 11 am
Cost: $90/ EDSS member ($340 non-subsidized), including one consultation session.
The SLP team may need to arrange a full speech assessment prior to this group at an additional cost of $30).
Fun with Music and Language for 0 to 3 year olds
Babies and toddlers with Down syndrome enjoy the rhythm, sounds and words of speech in songs – paying attention, taking turns, playing with sounds and copying actions, sounds and words. Parents will learn new songs to share at home to build early speech, language and literacy skills.
This program will be facilitated by Sharla Quantz, MYCC, SLPA and Judy Meintzer, R.SLP
Children must attend with a parent or caregiver. 4-6 families can be accommodated in this group.
Dates: Saturday, January 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9 and 23 (no session on the Family Day weekend) from 3 to 3:50 pm
Cost: $65.00/ member ($260 non-subsidized)
Sunrise Preschool Music (and Language) Part 1 for 3 – 6 year olds
Children with Down syndrome learn important speech, language and literacy skills through music. This adapted Music for Young Children (MYC®) Sunrise program is an excellent introduction to the language of music. Important music concepts are taught through songs, games, crafts and puppets. Your child will learn the difference between loud and soft sounds, fast and slow rhythms. You will come away with songs to sing in the car, at home and on the playground! Class registration includes a CD, finger puppet, rhythm sticks and workbook.
This program will be facilitated by Sharla Quantz, MYCC, SLPA and Judy Meintzer, R.SLP. Children must attend with a parent or caregiver. 4-6 families can be accommodated in this group.
Dates: Saturday, January 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9 and 23 (no session on the Family Day weekend) from 4 to 4:50 pm
Cost: $65.00/ member ($260 non-subsidized) plus materials. ($50 will be collected at first session for all families attending the Sunrise Program for the first time.)
We are in the process of evaluating our groups for older children and adults and hope to begin additional programs later in the year. Stay tuned for details.
INDIVIDUAL SERVICES (all ages)
The EDSS offers a limited number of subsidized sessions per month for members (unless reimbursed for these services through FSCD funding):
NOTE: Late cancellation charges for individual services are assessed at 50% of the non-subsidized rate; No call/ no show charges are 100% of the non-subsidized rate. These charges are not billable to FSCD nor to any insurance company. Refer to EDSS cancelation policy for full details.
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.
For optimal intervention results the family is expected to:
Cost: Dependent on type of service:
New referral /Intake – phone contact by SLP $80.00/ non-member; No charge/member
Consultation – face to face or telephone 1/2 hr $65/non-member; $15/member
Initial SLP assessment (1 1/2hr) - $195 non-member fee; $30/member
Individual therapy by SLP - $130/hr non-member; $25/hr member
*All SLP Assistant services are provided with indirect and direct supervision of a team SLP.
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: $25/ EDSS member; $130/ non-member
Feeding and Swallowing Services
EDSS provides 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.
Interested parents please contact the Family Support Liaison, Julie at the EDSS office and specify which days of the week you can attend and preferred time frame.
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.