Enable OT Programs FAQ

Paediatrics

1.     How can I register my child at your clinic? How can I sign up my child for sessions and/or group sessions?

Any client wanting individual or group services offered by Enable Occupational Therapy is required to do an initial Occupational Therapy assessment. This can be scheduled by contacting the Admin team at admin@enableot.ca or calling 604 -284- 4462. Once the initial Occupational Therapy assessment has been completed, the Occupational Therapist team can let you know which sessions are recommended for your child, in regards to goals, strengths, and physical, cognitive and emotional needs. Unfortunately, we cannot sign up any children for sessions until the initial Occupational Therapy assessment is completed.

 2.     How long is an initial Occupational Therapy assessment?

 It is approximately 65 - 75 mins.

3. What should I prepare for my first appointment?

Please make sure you have copies of any reports from medical professionals (Psychologists or Psychiatrists, Physiotherapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, or previous Occupational Therapists). These items can be brought to the initial appointment, scanned to our Admin team ahead of time, or dropped off in person at the clinic.

 4.     Do I need to sign up for a certain number of sessions or group sessions?

 No. You can sign up for whichever sessions/group sessions that suit your family’s schedule and you are not obligated to attend a certain number of sessions.

 5.     How is the decision made for my child to be paired with an Occupational Therapist or a Rehabilitation Assistant?

 Depending on your child’s needs, Occupational Therapists may be the only clinicians suitable to work with your child. Rehabilitation Assistants are not authorized to administer certain strategies and treatments, as only Occupational Therapists are authorized to utilize specific treatments/strategies. However, this decision is made in collaboration with your Occupational Therapist. Please let your Occupational Therapist know if you have a preference for a Rehabilitation Assistant to work with your child.

 6.     What is the difference between Recreational Therapy and Occupational Therapy?

 Recreational Therapy focuses on the importance of recreation, leisure, and play in improving an individual’s overall quality of life. Occupational Therapy focuses on improving an individual’s abilities for participation in everyday tasks, while considering any injuries/disorders/disabilities/conditions that may require modifications and adaptations. Recreational Therapists cannot assess swallowing, handwriting, or sensory needs or provide treatment for these needs. However, Occupational Therapists and Recreational Therapists both work in clinic and community settings in the following areas: leisure, sport, and social skills.

 7.     Can you come to my child’s school to do an assessment and/or therapy?

 Travel time is billed for a Therapist to come to your child’s school. Please note: if your child attends a public school, our private Occupational Therapists are not permitted to do assessments or treatments on school grounds, due to the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

 8.     Does your clinic do swallowing assessments?

 In general, Occupational Therapists are qualified to perform swallowing assessments. However, due to our heavy caseloads, we often refer to a nearby Speech Language-Pathology team for such assessments. These clinicians are also qualified to perform swallowing assessments and have advanced training in this area.

 9.     Why do your camps cost more than community centre camps?

 In general, we provide a 1:1 staffing ratio of adults to children. In addition, our staff members are health care providers with advanced post-secondary education (multiple degrees, diplomas, certificates) and administer treatment at these camps, and as such, our camp costs reflect this.

 10.     Are your staff members on the RASP (Registered Autism Service Providers) list?

 Some of our Occupational Therapists are on this list. Recreational Therapy and Rehabilitation Assistant sessions can be covered by Autism Funding too.

 11.  Do you do home visits?

Yes. Travel time is billed in addition to session time.

 

Parkinson’s Disease (PD)

 1.  How can I sign up for PD boxing, yoga or dance classes?

 Every client interested in PD boxing, yoga or dance classes is required to do an initial Occupational Therapy assessment. This can be scheduled by contacting the Admin team at admin@enableot.ca or by calling 604 - 284 - 4462. Once the initial Occupational Therapy assessment is completed, the Occupational Therapist team can let you know which sessions are recommended for you, in regards to goals, strengths, and physical, cognitive and emotional needs. Unfortunately, we cannot enrol a client for group sessions until the initial Occupational Therapy assessment is completed. This assessment can be done at a client’s home or at the clinic.

 2.  What cities do you offer boxing classes in?

Port Moody and Richmond.

 3.  What cities do you offer dance classes in?

 New Westminster and Richmond.

 4.  Does your staff perform home visits and do exercises in the home?

 Yes. Travel time is billed in addition to session time. These sessions are offered in all cities within the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

 5.  Can I still participate in PD exercise classes if I use a wheelchair, walker or cane?

 Yes! Our Occupational Therapy team is trained to modify the exercises accordingly.

Funding

1.     Do you offer free face-to-face consultation sessions?

No, we do not. However, our Clinical Director (and OT) Gina offers free 15 minute telephone consultations to speak with you directly and ensure that our company is the right fit for you. She can answer any questions that you may have, at that time.

2.     What approach will you take with my child?

Unfortunately, our OT's cannot provide this answer, without having met your child. Goals and appropriate therapy plans are made following assessment and discussion with you. Please feel free to ask us about our approaches during the first OT session or during your phone call with the Clinical Director, Gina.

3.     Do you accept payment via Autism Funding and At Home Funding?

Yes we do, and we also accept CKNW and Variety.

4.     Are you able to direct bill my insurance company?

Unfortunately, no.

5.     What forms of payment do you accept for private paying clients?

Cash or Credit Card.

Groups

1. What is the difference between the regular Adapted swim program at my local pool and the Enable OT swim sessions?

The Enable OT swim sessions focus on social skills using researched, evidence-based strategies designed by health care providers. These strategies are delivered by health care providers such as Recreation Therapists, or Rehabilitation Assistants (under the supervision of Occupational Therapists). Additionally, most of our swim sessions are co-led by lifeguards (pool Rehabilitation Assistants) who are following an OT treatment plan and have completed numerous hours of 1:1 training by our Occupational Therapists in the areas of executive functioning, range of motion, coordination and safe implementation of sensory integration strategies. As well, our team has the ability to deliver treatment in the areas of self-regulation and anxiety management using clinical, evidence-based strategies under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist. As such, we have the ability to treat anxiety in the pool setting and target feelings that may occur in the actual setting. Research shows that exposure to feared objects, activities, or situations in a safe environment helps to reduce fear and decrease avoidance behaviours. Additionally, these positive clinical outcomes are further increased when paired with other techniques used by our staff, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and self-regulation strategies, such as mindfulness and sensory interventions. Lastly, as each child in our swim sessions has completed an initial OT Assessment, a specific treatment plan has been created by the OT for each child and this plan is regularly monitored and modified by our Therapists, as your child progresses in the swim program.

2. What is the difference between other sports and recreation programs offered specifically for kids with Autism in this province and your programs?

Other provincial Autism programs which may be offered in your local community may have been designed by a non-health care provider, such as a Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and staffed by volunteers. As they were not designed by a health care provider, the focus would be different as they are not designed to deliver treatment in the areas of range of motion and safe implementation of sensory integration strategies, as these items can only be treated by health care providers.  As well, our team has the ability to deliver treatment in the areas of self-regulation and anxiety reduction using clinical, evidence-based strategies under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, which allows us to treat anxiety as it relates to biking, basketball, rock climbing or social settings and target feelings that may occur in the actual setting. Research shows that exposure to feared objects, activities, or situations in a safe environment helps to reduce fear and decrease avoidance behaviours. Additionally, these positive clinical outcomes are further increased when paired with other techniques used by our staff, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and self-regulation strategies, such as mindfulness and sensory interventions. Lastly, as each child in our recreation sessions has completed an initial OT Assessment, a specific treatment plan has been created by the OT for your child and this plan is regularly monitored and modified by our Therapists, as your child progresses in the recreation sessions.