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?

Every child wanting any 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. Once this is completed, the Occupational Therapist team can let you know, at the initial assessment, 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 75 mins (1 hr 15 mins).

 3.     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.

 4.     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.

 5.     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.

 6.     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.

 7.     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 qualified to perform swallowing assessments and have advanced training in this area.

 8.     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.

 9.     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.

 10.  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 or dance classes?

 Every individual is required to do an initial Occupational Therapy assessment. This can be scheduled by contacting the admin team at admin@enableot.ca. Once this is completed, the Occupational Therapist team can let you know, at the initial assessment which sessions are recommended for the individual, in regards to goals, strengths, and physical, cognitive and emotional needs. Unfortunately, we cannot enrol an individual for 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.

 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.

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.