Information and Answers About Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Can I consult even without a medical diagnosis by a doctor?

Can I receive treatment at home?

Can I receive treatment on weekends?

Can you tell me about the Padovan method?

What kind of payments do you accept?

I don’t have insurance. How much will the treatments cost?

I have a 19 year old autistic son. Should he consult as a "child" or "adult"?

I work in a daycare. What kind of services do you offer us?

I would like to learn some ways to calm my daughter who is ADHD. Do you provide any training?

I am thinking about a career in occupational therapy. Could I talk to someone who works with you?

My daughter’s handwriting is so bad that her teacher told me to see an occupational therapist. What for?

I am a specialized educator working for a school board for 22 years and I am overwhelmed. I have some really heavy cases! Can I suggest to my employer we use your services to support me in my tasks at the school?

Can we start treatment without taking the evaluation?

I absolutely do not want to be on a waiting list for my little 23 month-old boy who has been diagnosed. What is the waiting time at your Clinic?

Are there subsidies, tax credits, or charitable organizations that can help me pay for treatments?

My child is under medication. Can he receive treatment anyway?

My daughter got a bad report card. It mentioned fine and gross motor skills. Can you explain this to me?

My son is four years old and he does not know how to use scissors. Is this normal?

The only time I have for treatments is very early in the morning or late afternoon. Is that possible for you?

Do you provide home care?

How experienced are your therapists?

What is sensory integration?

Can you explain the difference hypo-reactive and hyper-reactive?

I want the most advanced treatments for my child. Do you offer them?

What is Occupational Therapy?

An occupational therapist is interested in a person’s autonomy. This is the guiding principle of our interventions for all clienteles. Thus, an occupational therapist will help an elderly person become autonomous getting in and out of the bath, going shopping, etc. The therapist will help a person on medical leave regain their abilities to fulfil the requirements of their work, so that they are autonomous in their job.

Can I consult even without a medical diagnosis by a doctor?

Yes, there’s no problem. All our professionals are members of a professional order and do not need medical prescriptions to treat clients. However, some paying agencies such as private insurers do require a prescription.

Can I receive treatment at home?

This is possible, and there are some professionals who do not work in clinics. We have chosen to have clinics because some equipment requires specific facilities to be used safely. We believe that these devices offer advantages that other types of equipment do not. This is the case, for example, for suspended sensory integration equipment, as the movement induced by these devices makes it much easier to desensitize certain hyper-reactions.

Can I receive treatment on weekends?

We used to book weekend treatments in the past. Unfortunately, there was such a high rate of absenteeism (weekend away, visits, activities, etc.) that we decided to stop. Since success depends on frequency and consistency, we found that offering treatments on the weekend was not helping the children. If we had enough requests and the parents were committed to the frequency to ensure efficiency, we would be happy to respond to that request. We must have at least 10 interested parents to open for the day.

Can you tell me about the Padovan method?

Since the early 2000s in Quebec, many professionals, occupational therapists, speech therapists and others have been trained in the Padovan method. As professionals have continued to see better results, the number of trainees has increased steadily over the past 15 years. Our occupational therapists at Groupe Ergo Ressources and most speech therapists practice the Padovan method. 


Padovan's theoretical foundation is that the human being is constructed in a sequence that is summed up in three words: walk-talk-think. In other words, the individual first learns to walk (motor function) before speaking (language function) to be able to think (learning function). A very precise sequence of movements is used so that the various skills necessary for motricity and language are relearned. 


The theory is that when we clarify these different movements, we repave the neurological path and "reprogram" the circuits so that they can function better. This approach gives a lot of benefit to people with:

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

  • Light head trauma with persistent symptoms

  • Acquisition of coordination disorder

  • Acquisition of coordination disorder

  • Etc.

Our therapists use other methods as well, adaped to the needs of each child. We may not recommend the Padovan method if we feel that you can get results faster with another method.

What kind of payments do you accept?

We accept debit cards, checks and cash.

I don’t have insurance. How much will the treatments cost?

Our prices vary depending on the service and especially according to the needs of your child.

I have a 19 year old autistic son. Should he consult as a "child" or "adult"?

The team at the Child Development Clinic does have the training to take such cases. We usually treat autistic adults with the Padovan method. Our team makes sure to find the right professional for each person.

I work in a daycare. What kind of services do you offer us?

Go to the Professionals page to see all our services, we’ll be happy to work with you!

I would like to learn ways to calm my daughter who is ADHD. Do you provide any training?

We certainly do! Click here for our training programs, we have two that focus more specifically on attention. Also, have you seen our book on the subject?

I am thinking about a career in occupational therapy. Could I talk to someone who works with you?

Visit our careers section and send us your resume. If you wish to be contacted, let us know and the Human Resources manager will be happy to spend a moment with you.

My daughter’s handwriting is so bad that her teacher told me to see an occupational therapist. What for?

We invite you to read our blog article on the subject.

I am a specialized educator working for a school board for 22 years and I am overwhelmed. I have some really heavy cases! Can I suggest to my employer we use your services to support me in my tasks at the school?

Of course! Contact us or consult our Professionals section to see the services offered.

Can we start treatment without taking the evaluation?

Unfortunately, no. We are governed by rules dictated by a professional order. In any case, you wouldn’t want us to start treatment before we know about your child’s situation. He or she has special needs, so it’s not appropriate to use a "one size fits all" approach.

I absolutely do not want to be on a waiting list for my little 23 month-old boy who has been diagnosed. What is the waiting time at your Clinic?

There is no waiting list, you will get an appointment date on your first call. There may be a few weeks before the evaluation date, but it is generally quite fast.

Are there subsidies, tax credits, or charitable organizations that can help me pay for treatments?

Please see our financing section.

My child is under medication. Can he still receive treatment?

Yes, definitely. We may ask you not to give the medication before treatment where possible. If this is not possible, we will adapt.

My daughter got a bad report card. It mentioned fine and gross motor skills. Can you explain this to me?

Fine motor skills are the skill sets required to cut, write or do crafts. Gross motor skills are the skill sets required to run, jump, climb, in short everything that is necessary to play sports or play outside.

My son is four years old and he does not know how to use scissors. Is this normal?

At four, it's a little worrying, but not dramatic. An assessment by an occupational therapist would allow you to know a little more.

The only time I have for treatments is very early in the morning or late afternoon. Is that possible for you?

We do have these time slots available but they are certainly the most popular. We provide services from 8 am to 6 pm (some days). You may have to start with a time that is less convenient for you, but we always consider requests and try to accommodate you as much as possible while respecting all clients attending the Clinic. 


The vast majority of children attending the Clinic go to school, so everyone has the same problem. We therefore sometimes have to make them miss school. This is often an investment for them, especially if they are having great difficulty, since the time they take in therapy to consolidate the basics will be regained in improved focus at school the rest of the time. 


Taking time during the long lunch periods can also be a good compromise to avoid wasting too much class time. We have several schedule possibilities surrounding this period and strangely they are often available. Also, don’t try to take care of all your child's appointments alone. A retired grandparent could benefit greatly from helping a grandchild by coming to the appointment. We often have surprising results with grandparents who seem to have a magic touch for helping children advance.

Do you provide home care?

We offer consultations at daycares and schools. We do house calls for dietary problems. For other therapies, we chose to do it in the Clinic because we have more equipment here. If you really cannot get out, you can contact us and we will see if it is possible to offer you a time before or after our clinic hours. Travel costs will then apply. 


Some studies demonstrate the importance of learning awareness in the child’s natural environment. This is why, during our therapies, we strongly advocate teaching parents so that once at home, they can reproduce the activities and strategies we use in the Clinic. We believe this is the best way to offer you a good return on your investment.

How experienced are your therapists?

Our occupational therapists have between 5 and 23 years of experience. Our speech therapists have a minimum of one year of experience and our neuropsychologists have extensive experience in their field of expertise.

What is sensory integration?

Sensory integration is how we manage the information (sensations) that come from our environment. Click here to learn more.

Can you explain the difference hypo-reactive and hyper-reactive?

A hypo-reactive person does not feel information (sensations) coming from the environment strongly enough, while a hyper-reactive feels those sensations too strongly. For more information, we have written an article with the different behaviours that characterize each type.

I want the most advanced treatments for my child. Do you offer them?

There is no one treatment method that suits everyone. Your child is unique and it is important to determine the best way to meet his or her needs.


What are his needs, his difficulties? We are always on the lookout for what is developing in our field and our team always remains informed and up to date. The field of pediatrics is quite vast and just one person cannot know everything. This is why the members of our team have developed different fields of specialization so that together we offer solid expertise in several spheres of child development. If a therapist does not feel well equipped for a specific need, she either refers to a colleague or consults with her team.

Do you have other questions? CONTACT Groupe Ergo Ressources today for more information.

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