Frequently Asked Questions

What are your rates?
Our current rates can be found on our rates page – click here.
How do most people pay for services?
Our services are covered by most health benefit plans. Other individuals get financial support from charitable organizations or pay out of pocket.
What are the benefits of the OT and SLP assessing and treating together?

Many of the clients we serve have complex needs in a variety of areas. When we work together, we can best devise strategies that overlap all areas for best outcomes.

Here are some examples:
A child with sensory processing needs benefits from the assistance of an OT to become more regulated so he can focus and learn during language activities.

A child with delayed fine motor skills can work on those skills during a speech-language session with input from the OT.

An individual with difficulty understanding language might require strategies from the SLP in order to successfully complete the tasks that the OT is asking.

A youth with difficulties with reading and writing will often make faster gains with an integrated approach; the OT works on the fine motor components such as pencil grip and letter formation, while the SLP works on reading comprehension and organization of ideas when writing.

Adults with developmental delays frequently benefit from the efforts of the OT to increase their involvement in meaningful activities, which then creates a foundation for the development of communication skills.

What is the role of the therapy assistants?

Our therapy assistants rock! While they are not allowed under professional guidelines to assess clients, assistants are masters at implementing goals from the SLP, OT, or both.

How do you decide on the frequency of therapy sessions?

Deciding on the best service delivery model is a team decision, which is ultimately made by the client and/or the family. The frequency of services is determined by a combination of factors: severity of the needs, potential for change through direct treatment, complementary services provided by other agencies, cost and budget.

Services can range from: assessment with recommendations only, annual updates, monthly consultation, up to once or twice weekly sessions.

Do you run groups?

Yes, we do! We do run groups to target a variety of areas: articulation or language difficulties, fine motor, writing skills, social skills, executive functions, etc.

Many of our groups consist of clients who have participated in individual therapy and are generalizing those skills to a group dynamic.

We also offer other groups which anyone can inquire about and register for. Please check out our “Coming Events” link for additional information.

How did you get to be so awesome?
Well, thank you for asking! We do our best to bring our years of experience to each client and start the day with a positive attitude. It is a privilege to be welcomed into the lives of our clients, and we try to never take that privilege for granted.
Do you offer Intensive Behavioural Intervention services?

No, we do not. However, Speak Freely Therapy Services has a long-standing history of working with numerous agencies and individuals that provide IBI. We do provide behavioural consultation and support, but not at the level of intensive intervention.

What are some of your services for young adults?

While we offer individual assessment and treatment for teens, they often thrive in a group setting with their peers.  To that end, we have facilitated groups for individuals with Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders with very positive results.  Contact us to see how we can best support your teenager.

Testimonials

“Joyce Hignett and her staff are knowledgeable and thorough. They know when to push and when to let up. My child gets the full undivided attention of his therapist when he is at Speak Freely and I find he learns more in his one hour session than I ever expected. My child has been with Speak Freely Therapy Services since opening.”

– parent

“There are no ulterior motives at Speak Freely Therapy Services. These are dedicated professionals who give 100% of themselves with the best interest of your child in mind. Highly expert, friendly, compassionate, with a high degree of integrity: I trust them. Our son has been a regular there for over a year and the gains are amazing. He has grown so much with their help. We’ve used both the OT and speech services and highly, highly recommend.”

– JJ, parent and teacher

“As an educational consultant who has worked with Joyce Hignett over a period of years, I have become aware of her dedication and determination to provide the most comprehensive and effective strategies possible in order to improve the speech/communication issues of her clients. I have been particularly impressed with her very direct, practical approach and that she understands the importance of providing a functional, meaningful context for communication as an integral part of her service.”

– LN, teacher and independent consultant

Our Office

149 Welham Road, Unit 19
Barrie, ON L4N 8Y3

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705.730.1006
joyce@speakfreelytherapy.ca

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