Are therapy services at SDPT covered by OHIP?

SDPT is a private physiotherapy practice and, as a result, services are not covered by OHIP.

Can my insurance plan be billed directly?

No, services must be paid for by the client at each session. The forms of payment which are currently available are cheque, cash, or e-transfer. A receipt will be provided once payment has been received in full. This receipt may then be submitted to your insurance provider for reimbursement according to the specifics of your plan.

How do I know if my child may benefit from CME therapy?

If you have any concerns about your child’s motor development, feel free to contact Simona. A conversation by phone (or an email exchange) will typically be sufficient to determine if an initial CME session/assessment would be a helpful starting point. If appropriate, based on the findings of the CME assessment, a therapy plan that meets the needs of your child and family will be discussed.

Will my private extended health care benefits cover the cost of therapy?

style="text-align: justify;">Most extended health care plans cover either all or a portion of the cost of private physiotherapy for a dependent child. However, each plan is different, therefore, it is important to speak directly with your insurance provider to find out the details of your specific plan.

Do you accept 3rd party funding from charitable organizations?

style="text-align: justify;">Yes, for families  who qualify, organizations such as President’s Choice Children’s Charity and Jennifer Ashleigh Foundation may provide funding for PT services at SDPT. If you require assistance with the application process, please contact Simona

Is a doctor’s referral required?

No, physiotherapists are self-regulated, primary care practitioners, so a doctor’s referral is not required to access physiotherapy services. However, if you have extended health care benefits that you plan to access, it’s best to first check directly with your insurance provider as some require a doctor’s referral to process a claim.

What should my child wear to therapy?

style="text-align: justify;">Comfortable clothing that is easy for your child to move in is best. As cute as they may look, dresses and jeans are not very practical for therapy sessions. Also, given that, in CME therapy, the practitioner is often focusing their sight line at the level of the child’s nape or upper shoulder area, solid colour or boldly printed tops are appreciated. Tops with small prints make it difficult for the therapist to focus.

Regarding footwear, in general, orthotics are not used in CME therapy. Rather, if appropriate, there are specialized orthopaedic shoes that can be discussed on a case by case basis. If your child typically wears orthotics, it is best to have them in shoes that fit without their orthotics on for their CME sessions. This gives the practitioner an opportunity to assess your child’s abilities without the additional support of their orthotics, and to work with their foot/ankle position throughout each session. As part of the assessment and ongoing therapy, appropriate options to meet your child’s specific needs, will be discussed.

I've heard that children often cry during CME therapy. Is this true?

style="text-align: justify;">Each child is unique, with their individual temperament and tolerance for physical handling. Given the new challenges which CME presents, some children do become agitated during the early stages of therapy, in particular. However, with a caring approach and a regular therapy program, this most often settles as the child acclimates to both the physical environment and the therapist's handling.

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