All funding sources that cover onsite speech language pathology services can be used for telehealth services. We work with clients across Canada.
In Canada, speech language pathologists are certified at the national level and are qualified to work across the country.
We use flat monthly rates for many of our service contracts. Even if additional consultation time is needed during the month, we stick with our flat monthly rate. We do not charge any software license fees; we absorb those fees as the cost of doing business.
This handout is on our company letterhead. You can submit it to your funding source to get pre-approval for our telehealth speech language pathology services. Sorry, our services are not available outside of Canada.
Neuroplan’s most common source of funding is extended health insurance. If your employer provides benefits, check with your insurance company to find out if you have some funding for speech-language therapy. There is often a maximum per session (e.g. $135/hr) or a maximum per year (e.g. $500/yr). By the way, there is no difference between a speech-language therapist, speech therapist and a speech-language pathologist in Canada.
British Columbia’s Autism Funding Unit is another common source of funding. Many of our programs use a discreet trial format. The student gets immediate feedback. This is a method that works very well for students with autism. If you are worried about implementation, you can hire an assistant to come to your home to supervise our programs. We will provide training for anyone on your team. This is included in our flat monthly rates.
Let people know that you are looking for funding. Grandparents and community groups are a good place to start. Some of the more formal options are:
If you pay for telehealth therapy services out of pocket, keep your receipts. You can most likely offset the cost by claiming it as a medical expense on your personal income taxes. Revenue Canada recognizes speech-language pathologists as medical practitioners in most parts of Canada.
Maya was diagnosed with a learning disability at age nine. Her parents did some careful planning and maximized their extended health insurance funding. Maya participated in Neuroplan`s online program, at a cost of $3000 for 12 months. She worked on her programs from September to August.
Her parents were both working, and each had extended health coverage of $500 a year. Insurance plans tend to end in December and restart in January. If your child starts in the fall and continues in the new year, you can use two years worth of extended health coverage. Maya had $2000 of funding available because of this.
She used Fast ForWord for 90 minutes each day. She completed five programs in that year: Language, Language to Reading, Reading 1, Reading 2 and Reading 3. Most students require 20 to 30 hours for each program. It took Maya 150 hours to complete five programs. The family submitted their receipts and received $2000 back from their extended health insurance plan.
Fred was 15 years old when he was referred. He has a diagnosis of autism. He participated in Fast ForWord intervention with the help of a 1:1 assistant who was a subcontractor with Neuroplan. It took him two years to complete Literacy, Literacy Advanced, and Reading Three. The total cost was $12,000. He was on a customized rate plan which included additional staffing and services. His autism funding from the provincial government provided funding for telehealth therapy services with Neuroplan Treatment Services. He was eligible for $6000 per year, so this covered the full cost. Anna Krueger at Neuroplan Treatment Services is on British Columbia`s list of registered autism service providers. Sub-contractors serving as interventionists with Neuroplan can also be covered by this government funding.
Gurjot completed the same three programs as Fred, but the cost was only $4000. He came to Canada from India in grade 6 and struggled with classroom learning. The teachers spoke too quickly and he couldn’t understand them. His mother decided to register him with an online school. The school hired Neuroplan and provided 100% of the funding for Fast ForWord. Gurjot enjoyed having the programs on his own laptop. He spent about 30 minutes a day working on Fast ForWord. It took him 16 months to complete three programs, spread out over several semesters. After receiving these therapy services, Gurjot did not experience any further difficulties with academics.