Frequently Asked Questions
Should I wait until my child is older to see if he/she will grow out of his/her speech and language difficulties?
Early intervention can be preventative and is crucial! It is very hard to predict if a child will grow out of his/her speech and/or language difficulties. It is known that children who have speech and language delays at an early age often have learning disorders at a later age in school. Even if a child “grows out” of a speech delay by developing basic oral language skills, he or she may be at risk for learning difficulties in the future.
What can I expect from therapy at West Island Speech Therapy?
You can expect high quality therapy that is fun and motivating for your child. The goals of therapy will be functional and tailored to his or her individual needs. These goals will be made clear to you from the very start and practical suggestions on how you can practice at home will be provided. The approach to therapy will provide your child with a lot of positive reinforcement and encourage an optimistic attitude about his or her communication skills.
Are speech therapy fees covered by Medicare?
Private speech-language services are unfortunately not covered by RAMQ. However, many private health insurance plans reimburse some or all speech therapy services. You can also speak to your accountant about tax reimbursements. Here are some links that you may find helpful:
- Quebec – The Supplement for Handicapped Child – https://www.rrq.gouv.qc.ca/en/services/formulaires/soutien_aux_enfants/supplement_enfant_handicape/Pages/supplement_enfant_handicape.aspx
- The Child Disability Benefit (CDB) – Children under age 18 who may be eligible for the disability tax credit – http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/dsblty-eng.html
- Canada Revenue Agency – Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/disability
- Tax Benefits and persons with disabilities – https://www.revenuquebec.ca/documents/en/publications/in/IN-132-V%282017-12%29.pdf
- Disability Financial Assistance Corporation – Assesses government benefits for you and your family – http://dfac.ca
What are some other related services that my child may benefit from?
Children with speech and language difficulties may also benefit from related services such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Psycho-Educational services. For Occupational Therapy services please click here. For more related services click here.
I didn’t find the answer to my question here, what can I do?
Don’t hesitate to email us any questions that you may have. It would be our pleasure to help you.