Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy helps to solve problems that interfere with a person’s ability to do everyday tasks that are important to them, including:

  • Self-care (e.g. eating, sleeping, dressing & bathing)
  • Being productive (e.g., handwriting, fine motor skills, attention/focus)
  • Leisure activities (e.g., sports or social activities)

Occupational therapists evaluate the environment, sensory processing, muscle functioning, positioning, coordination, and other areas when determining the cause of decreased skill.

At the Center for Pediatric Excellence, Denise DeLaat provides Occupational Services to children, teens, and families to help patients and families overcome challenges they are facing in their everyday lives.

Here are questions we are often asked about our Occupational Therapy services along with our answers.

How do I know if I and/or my child could benefit from Occupational Therapy?

A member of your and/or your child’s care team may recommend that you and/or your child see an Occupational Therapist. Occupational Therapy enables people to do what they want to do in their everyday lives. Some of the types of assistance an Occupational Therapist can provide include:

  • Helping you and/or your child overcome a physical, developmental, and/or psychological limitation.

  • Adapting self-care and/or leisure materials you and/or your child use based on any limitations you and/or your child have.

  • Recommending changes to the environments where you and/or your child do everyday activities

Watch the video above to see some examples of the types of concerns an Occupational Therapist can help with and solutions they can offer.

What conditions will the Occupational Therapist treat at the Center for Pediatric Excellence?

Denise DeLaat  specialises in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and working with infants, children and teens with complex physical and mental health needs. Denise has specialty training in various areas of pediatric Occupational Therapy, including:

  • Infant Mental Health

  • Attachment and Regulatory Disorders

  • Emotional and Self-Regulation

  • Trauma Informed Care

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy informed practice for anxiety

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Sensory Processing Issues

  • Developmental Coordination Disorder

  • Handwriting

  • Keyboarding

  • Assistive Technology

  • Supporting better Sleep/Sleep Hygiene

  • Community Integration for sports and leisure activities

  • Developmental Assessment and Treatment for Babies and Toddlers

Are any Occupational Therapy services at CFPE covered by OHIP?

No. None of our Occupational Therapy services are eligible for OHIP coverage. If you have supplemental medical coverage through your employer or another source, check your policy or contact your insurer to see what may or may not be covered.

How much does Occupational Therapy cost?
Occupational Therapy at the Center for Pediatric Excellence costs $125 per hour. The total cost will depend on the number of hours required to complete the assessment or treatment. Typical assessments are 3-5 hours including scoring and report writing.
Will you do direct billing?

No. You will be issued a bill for services received that is due at the conclusion of the appointment. You will need to submit receipts to your insurer for reimbursement following payment.

How old does my child need to be for Occupational Therapy services at the Center for Pediatric Excellence?

Denise sees children of all ages, from infants to teenagers and young adults up to the age of 21.

Are services offered in French?

No. CFPE only provides services in english.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?

No. Occupational therapy is not covered by OHIP, so they do not require a referral from a physician. Check with your insurance provider to verify what they will cover. Although you don’t need a referral to book the appointment, some insurance companies require a doctor’s referral for reimbursement.

How do I get started?