The harsh reality is that without appropriate 1:1 Oral Motor Therapy Children with Apaxia mostly will not improve. Individual therapy is expensive but a necessary and essential component of the treatment process. The following information is aimed to help guide you to the various sources of funding for 1:1 private therapy available in Alberta. Children who are in Program Unit Funding enrolled Programs are eligible for the FSCD Developmental Contract and the Disability Tax Credit.
The main streams of funding are the following :
- Private Health Benefits
- Family Supports For Children with Disabilities (see below).
- The Disability Tax Credit can be used to offset some costs of Therapy.
- Program Unit Funding (This is direct intervention through the school).
Make use of the Children’s Disability Benefit and the Disability Tax Credit.
Family Support for Children with Disabilities is a program run by the Alberta Government that provides funding supports for many issues that families with children with disabilities face. A medical letter is required, along with the application form to be filled by the parent. An intake worker will come to your home to do a full needs assessment and the funding can be used for many needs including Speech/Language/Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy needs.
If your child has one area of “Severe” delay (eg. Communication, Behaviour, Motor Skills etc) you may be able to apply to FSCD with the goal of obtaining an approved contract for SLP services in your home. Specifically request a “Developmental Contract”. The criteria is not based on income level but solely on the medical needs of the child. You will need to provide written SLP assessments to confirm the “severe” disorder, as well as other supporting medical documentation to assist in your application.
SLP’s please note to include as much information about Childhood Apraxia of Speech as applies to the Client as possible. Using the word “disorder” as in “Severe Speech Sound Disorder” instead of “Delay” is more likely to lead the Caseworker to a better understanding of the condition and therefore a greater likelihood of contracts being approved.
FSCD contracts out to approved SLPs or agencies on their list. However, parents can use the funding of a developmental contract to pay the hourly rate for any SLP in Private Practice. Parents may have to “top up” the amout eg If FSCD pays $100/hr parents may have to pay the balance. This is certainly helpful funding. If approved, the developmental contract will provide speech services in your home to work with the family and your child on a 1:1 basis weekly or more to a maximum of 6 months (followed by reassessment).
If your application is denied, always appeal. Here is the link to the appeals process:
FSCD Policy and Procedure Manual, Developmental Support on Page 239
- Family Support for Children with Disabilities Specialized Service
- President’s Choice Children’s Charity
- Private Insurance Plans do cover Speech Therapy, this of course will depend on the type of plan that is selected.