|Frequently Asked Questions|
Who can refer to Speech Services Niagara?
As a parent, no matter where you live in the Niagara Region, you can access services directly without a doctor referral by calling (905) 688-1890 ext. 151 or by downloading our Parent Referral Package and sending it to us. Physicians and child care providers may also refer a child in their care with parental consent. Even junior kindergarten teachers can make a referral by following their school board's procedure for referring to us.
How much does it cost?
Nothing. We are funded by the Ministry of Child and Youth Services so there is no cost to the family.
How are appointments booked?
Screening appointments will be booked over the phone when parents first contact Speech Services Niagara. If your physician or other designated professional has referred your child, our administrative assistant will call you to arrange a mutually convenient time for your screening appointment. Once your screening has been completed, should your child present with skills requiring on-going therapy, you will be placed on our wait-list. When your child is nearing the top of our waitlist, the assigned therapist will call you for the first assessment. All treatment appointments will then be booked through your assigned therapist.
Where will my appointments take place?
Speech Services Niagara has satellite sites in various cities across the Niagara Region. Please let our administrative assistant know which of these sites is most convenient for you.
Can I bring other children to the Centre while my child is attending therapy?
Brothers and sisters are welcome to attend appointments. If they want to use the play area, you may need to bring someone along who can supervise them while you take part in your child’s therapy session. Please let your Speech-Language Pathologist know if you cannot have someone come and supervise while you attend your session.
Please do not bring sick siblings who you have kept home from school into the therapy sessions.
Who should I call if I need to cancel or change an appointment?
There may be times when you or your therapist will have to cancel or change an appointment time. If you need to make a change, please speak to your therapist or leave a message on your therapist's voicemail. If a therapist must change your appointment, you will be given as much notice as possible.
Why do I need to sign consent forms?
A parent or legal guardian will be asked to sign a consent form to allow information to be sent to or received from others involved in the child’s care. You decide who receives the information. Signing our consent forms also gives us permission to assess and treat your child for any speech and language concerns that we have discussed with you.
Who do I tell if I’m moving or have other changes in my personal information?
If you are moving, please call your speech-language pathologist to inform us of this change. Should you be moving out of the region, arrangements may be made to have services transferred to another preschool language program within the province.
If you have not yet been linked up with a Speech-Language Pathologist, you can call the central intake line at 905-688-1890 ext 151 to inform us of any changes in name, address, phone number, health card number (including any new version codes), school or childcare facility, or legal custody.
My child is sick, should I keep the appointment?
What happens if I miss a number of appointments?
If frequent appointments are missed, service could be discontinued.
My child was discharged; can we come back for more therapy?
Who do I speak to if I have a compliment, concern or complaint?
If you have a concern about the service provided, we encourage you to discuss this with your child’s therapist. The therapist will work with you to resolve the situation. Click here to go to the staff directory. If the situation is not resolved, you and the therapist can request assistance from a supervisor.