+ What should we expect at our first visit? | + What should I have ready for our first appointment? | + Do I need a doctor's referral? | + How can I pay? | + Will our private insurance cover the cost of therapy? | + My child isn't doing the things that I expect for his/her age. How do I know if my child needs help?
What should we expect at our first visit?
We will start by collecting the information we need to get to know you and your child. We will discuss you/your child's concerns and what goals you/your child want to achieve. Then we will watch how your child is moving. As we identify areas that need further assessment we will spend time looking at specific physical components, such as strength, balance or freedom of movement. With younger children, this is done primarily through play. We finish with a discussion of what we found, specific goals for treatment, and therapy options and recommendations. An initial assessment usually completed in one visit, which takes approximately 45-60 minutes. You will receive a full assessment report following this appointment and a plan for therapy is discussed in detail during your second appointment
What should I have ready for our first appointment?
Please have any prior health care reports or information that you feel may be helpful or pertinent. This may include: a list of physicians/therapists involved in your child's care, reports from prior investigations (MRI, xrays), or previous therapists/specialists. Please also have a current list of your child's medications.
Have your child wear loose comfortable clothing, preferably shorts, and bring commonly worn shoes with you, if they are not worn.
For an occupational therapy assessment, if there are any concerns with eating, we suggest that you bring something for your child to eat and drink and any equipment (bottle, cup, utensils) that your child prefers and is familiar with.
Do I need a doctor's referral?
Doctor's referrals are always welcomed but they are not required for assessment or treatment by a physiotherapist. If you have any concerns about your child's development, mobility, or strength, then you may seek to have an assessment with a physiotherapist.
Please note however, that some insurance companies require a doctor's referral in order to obtain reimbursement. It is recommended that you check with your insurance provider to clarify this, or contact us for more information.
How can I pay?
We ask that all clients pay by cash or cheque at the end of each visit. You will be issued a receipt of payment that can be used to obtain reimbursement from your health care insurance or third party payers, where applicable. Please contact us for specific information on therapy fees.
Will our private insurance cover the cost of therapy?
Our services are covered my many health insurance plans. It is recommended that you clarify the details of your insurance plan with your provider, as coverage details vary. Any reimbursement may be obtained by submitting your invoice(s) recieved after each session.
My child isn't doing the things that I expect for his/her age. How do I know if my child needs help?
There are many milestones that we look for to see if an child is developing the skills they need at the expected age. A general guideline is that infants should be sitting independently by the age of 6 months; standing up by one year and walking by 18 months. If your child has not met one of these milestones, or if you are concerned for any other reason, then a developmental assessment with a physiotherapist would be very helpful tool to gain more information about your child's development. In many/most cases, this will serve to provide some simple suggestions for ways to help get your child moving and also give you a resource to get answers to any specific questions you may have about your child's development.