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Funding

There are a variety of resources available for families to access funding for services provided at LSCTS. Although LSCTS does not directly provide or arrange funding for our clients, we work along with many community funding programs and providers to ensure access to our services for children who need it. Read below for more information on funding providers and programs that your children may qualify for. If you have questions, please contact the service provider directly to answer your questions.

Funding Resources

Jordan’s Principle

Jordan’s Principle makes sure all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs, including the unique needs that First Nations Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA children and youth and those with disabilities may have. 

Jordan’s Principle is a legal obligation named in memory of Jordan River Anderson, a First Nations child from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Jordan was born in 1999 with complex medical needs, and ultimately died in hospital at the age of five years old, never having spent a day in a family home due to disagreement between provincial and federal governments about who would pay for his home care. Jordan’s Principle was named in honour of Jordan to ensure First Nations children could access the services they need without denial, delay, or disruption.

Ontario Autism Program

The Ontario Autism Program (OAP) offers support to families of children and youth on the autism spectrum. Children and youth who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by a qualified professional are eligible for the program. Children receive services and support until the age of 18.

Funding FAQs

Starting on your child’s therapy journey can be confusing at times. So we’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions to help you easily navigate your journey here at LSCTS.

Is there any funding that might be available for my family?

There are community funding services available to families that qualify. It is important to research and understand if your child may be eligible for any funding that might offset the cost of therapy sessions. Organizations and programs include the Ontario Autism Program, Jordan’s Principle, Always Connected Treatment Network, Catulpa Community Support Services and Youth Reach.

Does LSCTS provide funding?

No, LSCTS does not directly provide funding or facilitate funding for families. Funding will need to be secured by the families/caregivers and LSCTS will work with the funder to arrange the payment of sessions. Some funding organizations will contact LSCTS directly to arrange payment, please check with your caseworker/representative for this information.

Will LSCTS complete my funding documents?

While we will not complete any funding documents, we may assist with documents that require a therapist’s recommendation or sign-off. We can provide quotes or attestation papers for funding approval.

Do you accept Insurance? Do you direct bill?

LSCTS does not direct bill to any insurance providers directly, caregivers will have to pay for sessions upfront. Please confirm what benefits you are eligible for, with your insurance provider.  Make sure the benefits cover consultation appointments as well as ongoing treatment appointments.

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Kaitlyn (Kaitie) Shipley

Physiotherapist

 

Kaitlyn (Kaitie) joined LSCTS in October 2023.

Emily Cooper

Occupational Therapist - Reg. OT (Ont.)

 

Emily join LSCTS in October 2023.

Vanessa Garnett

Speech-Language Pathologist – BA (Hons), M.Cl.Sc

 

Vanessa is a Speech-Language Assistant at LSCTS. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science of Language and minored in French.

Vanessa has over 10 years of experience working with children in various capacities. She is passionate about creating a fun and engaging learning environment, as she knows that this is how children learn best.

Vanessa strives to help all children reach their full potential through a strength-based approach that uses each child’s unique skills and interests to help them achieve their goals.

Madeleine Beam

Social Worker - MSW, RSW

 

Madeleine is a Social Worker at LSCTS. She utilizes non-judgmental and culturally sensitive principles by recognizing the unique experiences and identities of each child.

Madeleine ensures that all children feel heard, understood, and valued, creating an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive. Her experiences include working in child protection, mental health, and providing counselling support to women and children in crisis.

Madeleine draws from a strengths-based approach and a narrative therapy lens, believing that every child possesses unique qualities and capabilities, and celebrates each child’s strengths as well as their individuality.

Bronwyn Westlaken

Therapist Assistant - TA

 

Bronwyn is a Therapy Assistant at LSCTS.

Bronwyn has experience providing direct care to individuals of all age groups within the neurorehabilitation field of therapy.

Bronwyn enjoys helping children find ways to improve their daily lives and participate in the world around them as fully as they can.

Lindsey Johnson

Therapist Assistant - TA

Lindsey is a Therapist Assistant at LSCTS with a diploma from Georgian College.

Lindsey has worked in many sectors, including both paediatric and hospital rehabilitation settings. Lindsey has a strong commitment to providing family-centred care by involving family members and caregivers in the therapeutic process.  

Lindsey believes in fostering a supportive and empathetic environment where children feel heard, respected, and empowered to participate in their care.

Maureen Willis

Psychotherapist - BA, MA, RP

Maureen is a Psychotherapist at LSCTS. She has certification in the ASIST Suicide Prevention Training Program and Indigenous Cultural Competency Training.

Maureen is passionate about providing an empathetic, caring, empowering and non-judgmental space. Maureen offers a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach that is collaborative and supportive, helping clients navigate through challenges to build resiliency, change and personal growth.

Maureen uses therapeutic modalities such as CBT, DBT, Internal Family Systems theory as well as mindfulness-based approaches.

Kathryn Janyce (Jan) Addy

Speech-Language Pathologist - MLS, MSc, SLP (C) Reg

Jan is a Speech-Language Pathologist at LSCTS. Jan currently sees clients in one-on-one sessions as well as servicing the Federal Schools in the greater Parry Sound area.

Jan has over 25 years’ experience working with toddlers, preschool and school-age children who experience communication delays.

Jan’s areas of interest include Articulation, Language Processing, Pragmatics, Reading Difficulties, Stuttering and Voice Delays.

Cassidy Thornton

Therapist Assistant - TA

Cassidy is a Therapist Assistant at LSCTS.

Cassidy is an experienced Therapy Assistant supporting our Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and Speech-Language Pathologist in the Parry Sound area.

Cassidy loves working with children particularly, to help them gain confidence, and provide them with the skills and tools they need in order to achieve their goals and reach their optimal potential. Cassidy always brings enthusiasm and positivity to her sessions!

Glenda Newton

Therapist Assistant - TA

Glenda is a Therapist Assistant at LSCTS. From 2006 – 2020 she found a passion for helping children while working in a Children’s Treatment Centre.

Glenda helps children reach their goals that are set by a supervising Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist.

Glenda enjoys implementing activities that are goal-oriented, interesting, and beneficial. She is excited to be a part of our Parry Sound site and servicing the Federal Schools in the greater Parry Sound area.

Michelle Dermenjian

Psychologist - M.Ed., C. Psych.

Michelle has been providing psychological services for over 30 years.  She is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in the areas of Clinical, Counselling, School and Organizational Psychology.  After graduating from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Alberta, she began work with Integrated Services for Northern Children in Kenora, travelling to rural and remote communities in northern Ontario, providing multi-disciplinary services for children and their families. She moved to Parry Sound, with her family, where she continued to provide diagnostic and therapy services to infants, children, adolescents, families and adults with Developmental Disabilities at Hands.  

As retired director of Children’s Services and Lead Agency of Child and Youth Mental Health, she had the privilege of working with individuals, agencies, associations, and government advisories to plan for improved services for children and youth across the province.  She considers it an honour to continue to work with clients and families now through private practice, providing professional, evidence-based services that are compassionate and safe.  

As part of her practice, she is partnering with Lyndsey Stevenato Children’s Therapy Services, providing in-person and video-supported psychological services to infants, toddlers, children, and their caregivers.

Jennifer McDonald

Social Worker - BSW., RSW. MSW., RSW

Jenn is a Social Worker at LSCTS. She believes in approaching the counselling relationship with gentleness, warmth and creativity. Jenn takes a strength-based, holistic approach to supporting those she works with and regards herself as an ally & helper in the therapy process.

Jenn has Indigenous (Mohawk) and settler Canadian background and has experience working with children, youth and families in various settings and has considerable experience working with Indigenous community directed organisations.

As a new mom, Jenn has a special interest in supporting children and youth and is passionate about creating a safe and meaningful space to foster wellness.

Mikylah Heathcote

Social Worker, RSW, MSW, BSW - Senior Therapist

Mikylah is a Social Worker at LSCTS. Mikylah possesses over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families.

Mikylah is trained to take a trauma-informed, human rights approach within her practice. She employs a mix of therapeutic approaches in an effort to create individualized support. She also has experience as a school social worker with a strong knowledge base for navigating the educational system.

Mikylah takes a strength-based, inclusive, and empathetic approach to addressing challenges. She is passionate about empowering parents/guardians and children/adolescents throughout their work with her and beyond!

Sarah Stec

Communicative Disorders Assistant - CDA

Sarah is a Communicative Disorders Assistant at LSCTS. She will be working under the supervision of the Speech Language Pathologist to provide treatment either in 1-on-1 or group settings.

Sarah is also a certified Child and Youth Counsellor, with a background in working with deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind individuals. She also has experience working with Mental Health concerns, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Multiple Sclerosis.

Sarah has a special interest in motor speech disorders and is passionate about making a difference in others lives by helping them reach their goals.

Tiffannie Peterratnaraj

Communicative Disorders Assistant - CDA

Tiffannie is a Communicative Disorders Assistant at LSCTS. She is passionate about providing an avenue to communication in any form with the end goal of autonomy and self-sufficiency for her clients.

Tiffannie has previously worked as a CDA under a private SLP providing in person and online speech and language services to the paediatric population.

Tiffannie is interested in play-based learning and its role in childhood language development. She is also excited to learn more about providing accessibility in all areas of life.

Vanessa Garnett

Speech-Language Pathologist Candidate – BA (Hons), M.Cl.Sc (Candidate)

Vanessa will be join the LSCTS Speech team June 2023

Vanessa is a Speech-Language Pathologist Candidate at LSCTS. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science of Language and minored in French.

Vanessa has over 10 years of experience working with children in various capacities. She is passionate about creating a fun and engaging learning environment, as she knows that this is how children learn best.

Vanessa strives to help all children reach their full potential through a strength-based approach that uses each child’s unique skills and interests to help them achieve their goals.

Erin Gilchrist

Speech-Language Pathologist - MHSc, SLP-C. Reg. CASLPO

Erin is a Speech-Language Pathologist at LSCTS and a Professor with the Communicative Disorders Assistant Program at Georgian College. She is passionate about working with families and using client-centred care to create meaningful communication goals.

Erin teaches clinical skills to CDAs and has experience working with paediatric and school aged populations for speech, language and communication difficulties.

Erin’s areas of interest include: articulation, phonology, motor speech and language development.

Marissa Buckland

Therapist Assistant - BHSc., TA

Marissa is a Therapist Assistant at LSCTS with a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Science and Bioarchaeology.

Mariss’s experience includes working in psychogeriatrics, traumatic brain injuries, and supervising OT assistants in training as they begin their careers.

Marissa enjoys being the bridge between parents and their children by offering a space for the children to learn and express themselves freely and providing parents the education and tools to support their children between sessions.

Lisa Ivany

Physiotherapist/Psychotherapist (Qualifying) - BScPT, PT, RP (Q)

Lisa is the Physiotherapist at LSCTS. She loves helping her clients and their families reach their goals.

Lisa has over 25 years working in various settings, including in a large children’s hospital, a children’s treatment centre, and within community-based programs, working with children from 4 days to 18 years old.

Lisa has a special interest in working with infants and new parents, as well as neurodivergent infants and children. She is also authorized to prescribe seating and mobility equipment through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP).

Samanta Rivas Argueta

Occupational Therapist - OT Reg. (Ont.)

Samanta Rivas Argueta is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology & Nutritional Sciences.

Samanta strives to provide client-centered therapy for children of all ages in fun and engaging ways.

Samanta is passionate to work together with children and their families towards their unique goals. She uses a strength-based approach to foster a positive learning environment.

Pooja Patel

Occupational Therapist - OT Reg. (Ont.)

Pooja Patel is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She has over 9 years of experience working within the pediatric population, namely child and adolescent mental health.

Pooja’s training includes Handwriting Without Tears, Astronaut Training (sound activated vestibular-visual sensory protocol), Interoception-Based supports, trauma-informed practice, mindfulness, meditation and more.

Pooja prioritizes healthy lifestyle balance strategies as a key approach to support clients in building skills and resiliency. She is passionate about parent wellness and utilizes a strength-based perspective to facilitate change and add more joy in life!

Justine Kitchen

Occupational Therapist, OT Reg. (Ont.) - Senior Therapist

Justine Kitchen is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She has over 10 years experience as an OT and has worked in the Paediatric field her entire career.

Justine’s practice has always focused on family-centered care. It’s her educated belief that you cannot treat just the child, but that progress involves active involvement from parents and/or other caregivers in that child’s life.

Justine enjoys helping parents/caregivers navigate the recognition of needs and creating a plan of action for therapy and care. She is interested in child/adolescent mental health and emotional regulation and how this can be intertwined with sensory issues and resulting behaviours.

Sally Jishi

Occupational Therapist - M. Sc (OT), OT Reg. (Ont.)

Sally is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.

Sally has over 5 years of experience working with children of different ages, skills and abilities in many different areas of occupational therapy practice including fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, play skills and school readiness.

Sally is passionate about working with children and their support systems to help them reach their potential and meet their goals.

Jessica Cronk

Occupational Therapist - OT Reg. (Ont.)

Jessica Cronk is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology.

Jessica is passionate about using play to help children use their strengths to develop skills in a fun and engaging way. She has experience with children with many different skill sets and abilities.

Jessica is interested in all areas of therapy, and in particular enjoys working on fine motor, gross motor, visual perceptual, and feeding skills.

Jennifer Atkinson

Occupational Therapist - OT Reg. (Ont.)
School services only

Jenn is an Occupational Therapist. She currently works for LSCTS by servicing private schools to help support kids to be the best students they can be.

Jenn has worked with a variety of aged kids in many different settings – including child care, overnight camps, and day camps and in pediatric private practice.

Jenn enjoys getting to know each child’s interests and strengths so she can use those in therapy to progress towards their goals. She particularly likes working on fine motor and self-regulation skills.

Mallory Donaldson

Communications/Human Resources

Mallory is the Communications and Human Resources Assistant at LSCTS.

Mallory has over 10 years of experience working in a variety of Office Administrative roles and loves to engage within a fun and collaborative work environment.

Mallory has an interest in engaging with people and enjoys being a part of the marketing and social media team of LSCTS. Mallory is a self-proclaimed nerd, and has been known to cosplay from time to time.

Becky Robinson

Client Care Lead

Becky is the Client Care Lead at LSCTS. She has been working with the clinic since July 2006, being the first point of contact for the families of LSCTS.

Becky has a genuine interest in all the children and families that walk through the doors of LSCTS, and has had the great pleasure of watching children grow up as they have visited the clinic throughout the years.

Becky is always quick to greet families with a warm and caring smile, and always ready to lend a listening ear. Outside of work, Becky enjoys spending time with her family and going for walks with them.

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Joanne van Rennes

Clinic Director - BScN, RN

Joanne is the Clinic Director for LSCTS. She is a Registered Nurse.

Joanne has over 25 years experience as a manager in a variety of Community Health settings, with a focus on family centered care and engagement.

Joanne has an interest in building strong teams and loves working in the richness of a multi-disciplinary environment. Outside of work Joanne loves hanging out with her family and her dogs.