Frequently Asked Questions
• General Therapy Services
What does an evaluation entail?
At the first in-home meeting, a comprehensive evaluation including parent interview, medical and educational history review, observation of your child performing various skills, and standardized/non-standardized assessments. The evaluation will look at your child’s strengths and areas of need. The occupational therapist will collaborate with the parent(s)/caregiver(s) and together agree on a plan of care (i.e. goals and specific types of intervention).
What does an intervention/treatment session entail?
An intervention/treatment session consists of a 1:1 OT session (preferably with some parental involvement/interaction when applicable), with 45-50 minutes of direct (multi-sensory play-based) treatment time spent with the child, 5-10 minutes reviewing the session with parent(s)/guardian, and 5 minutes to document.
Will my OT share information with others?
Only with parental or guardian written consent can an occupational therapist share clinical findings and/or written reports with a school/daycare, and/or other health care professionals. The purpose of information sharing amongst these organizations is predominantly utilized to collaborate with other team members to further support the child’s progress towards achieving their goals. Your child’s health information will be protected and maintained under PHIPA (Personal Health Information Privacy Act) as well as PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act) laws.
• Booking an Appointment
Does OHIP cover private OT services?
The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) does not cover private OT services. However, in Ontario, occupational therapy services may be covered by your extended health insurance, a community agency or grants from children’s charities. All insurance plans are different. If you have private extended health benefits, often your child is covered under your plan the same way it is covered for you. However, we recommend that you contact your insurance company directly prior to attending your appointment as insurance plans may vary. While I do not bill the insurance companies directly. I will provide a receipt for submission.
How do I pay for services?
Where do I start?
Please contact us for a free consultation to see if these community-based OT services are the right fit for you and your family. No referral is necessary when contacting us or when booking an appointment. Feel free to email us at email@example.com or call (289) 204-8527.
How do I book an appointment?
You can book an appointment by email, website (https://littlestrides.janeapp.com) or by phone. Please complete and submit the intake and consent forms prior to the first appointment in order for the therapist to have a better understanding regarding your concerns (the form will be emailed to you). After submitting the form, a Little Strides therapist will contact you usually within 2 business days.
• Information about Little Strides & OT
What is play-based therapy?
A child’s primary livelihood is “play”. Through play, a child learns how to interact with his/her environment (home, school, and community), make sense of the world around them as well as learn various developmental skills (i.e. fine/gross motor abilities, social-emotional, cognitive, and self-help skills). Thus, your pediatric occupational therapist uses play as a way to develop the whole child.
Although it may appear as though therapy goals are not being addressed and your child is only engaging in “fun and games” throughout their therapy sessions, the occupational therapist is working on specific goals. If you do not understand the purpose, just ask.
What is Sensory Integration?
Sensory integration is a term used to describe the brains ability to take in additional information from the senses (auditory, olfactory, tactile, taste, visual, as well as proprioceptive and vestibular), organize it, and respond to it during experiences of daily life.
Do I need a Doctors referral?
No, you do not need a doctor’s referral to access private OT services at Little Strides Therapeutic Children’s Services. You may require the referral for insurance coverage. Please check with your insurance company for details.
Where are Little Strides Therapeutic Children’s Services offered?
Little Strides Children’s Therapeutic Services is a private in-home/school/community occupational therapy service. Currently, we service the following areas: Greater Toronto Area, and parts of the York Region. If you live outside of these regions and are interested in obtaining services, please call: 289-204-8527 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Strides provides private pediatric occupational therapy services for children and their families living in Southern Ontario. Occupational therapy is provided within your community, school, and/or home environment. Services may consist of the assessment, treatment, consultation, and education of: fine motor skills, written output, communication skills, gross motor and coordination skills, visual motor and visual perceptual skills, sensory processing, self-care, social skills, school related issues, etc.
If you are not in our service area, we may be able to arrange therapy services with an additional travel fee (billed at $80/hr). Please give us a call to discuss.
I have concerns but I am unsure if my child requires OT?
Is your child having difficulty in one or more of the following areas:
- Attention and concentration (i.e. difficulty sitting still, paying attention, issues with organization (i.e. belongings, homework), etc.)
- Fine and gross motor delays
- Feeding (i.e. manage foods in mouth, participate in mealtimes, etc.)
- Life skills (grooming, dressing, mealtime/eating, sleeping, toileting, following routines, etc.)
- Motor control (i.e. challenges with motor coordination)
- Not reaching/meeting developmental milestones
- Postural concerns (i.e. poor motor coordination during everyday tasks, poor balance, etc.)
- Reading/writing (i.e. difficulty tracking and keeping place when reading or copying from board, etc.)
- Self-regulation/ emotional control (i.e. frequent meltdowns, etc.)
- Sensory processing (i.e. avoids or seeks sensory input to extremes (touch, textures, taste, sound), avoids playground equipment, etc.)
- Social skills (i.e. difficulty socializing and playing with other children, etc.)
- Visual motor/perceptual challenges (i.e. difficulty with colouring, drawing, cutting, etc.)
If you have concerns about your child’s development, we suggest that you contact us for a free consultation to see if these community-based OT services are the right fit for you and your family. If they are, an initial evaluation will be performed by our occupational therapist, which will help you to determine whether there is a need for therapy. Assessment results will be discussed, and a treatment plan that best meets the needs of your child and family will be implemented.
How often does my child require OT services?
Intervention frequency can vary depending on the area of concern, individual needs, goals, and community resources. A child may come to Little Strides to receive an assessment/evaluation only and/or receive weekly therapy sessions for a specific period of time to address the child and family’s objectives.