What happens after the assessment process is completed?

Should you decide to attend ATS for therapeutic intervention, you will be matched with a therapist that is most suited to your family needs. We will offer a weekly appointment time (or time slot), which is convenient for you. The assessment report will contain a recommended timeframe of weekly therapy sessions, which are dependent on individual needs and can vary from a trial of 15-20 weeks to therapeutic intervention of longer durations.

What happens after the agreed intervention programme is completed?

After the recommended intervention period is completed you will be reassessed by your treating therapist and you will receive an updated therapy assessment detailing current abilities and future needs. At this point discharge may be discussed depending on attainment of therapeutic goals and client wishes.

Will the therapist who completes the initial assessment be my therapist?

Not necessarily, but it is possible. This will greatly depend on several factors including availability, the day you attend therapy, etc. Because of specific training, education, etc. we may also suggest a specific therapist. Unless is otherwise recommended, a specific therapist will carry out the entire intervention program. You should also keep in mind that all of our therapists participate in continuing education opportunities locally and are also educated abroad. Our clinicians utilize different techniques and are certified in different approaches including Ayres Sensory Integration, Electrical Modalities, Splinting, Environmental Design, Perceptual Motor, Motor learning/Control, NDT (Bobath approach), Feeding/Oral motor control, Auditory based programs, Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques, Kinesiotaping and many other techniques and approaches commonly used in therapy.

I live far away from the ATS facility, what are my options for therapy?

We have created a program called INTENSIVES for families who live abroad or far away from our clinic. Intensives are individually designed therapy programmes, which target specific areas of change and gains in a short amount of time by altering the intensity and frequency of therapeutic programmes. These programmes are usually completed in a 4-week period in which a child is seen 4-5 times per week; home programs, parental education and training, and other activities are part of the intensive program. Accommodations are arranged in partnership with local hotels and B&B’s to create the most positive and accessible experience. The arrangement of intensives is discussed individually with a family and presupposes a significant financial investment and also a great deal of commitment. Intensives are not beneficial for every child or family and therefore are only scheduled at our discretion. If you need more information about our intensive program please give us a call and ask to discuss if this program is an option for you

Can my child attend therapy sessions without an assessment?

In order to ensure our services are tailored to suit clients’ individual needs, it is necessary that clients beginning therapy have had an initial assessment. However, we also understand that you may have already completed a therapy assessment elsewhere. We accept assessments that have been carried out in different clinics and by your local health services. As a general rule we ask that a client have received a therapy assessment in the last year. If your child has not had a recent assessment, we would be happy to schedule you in for an assessment with one of our therapists.

What is your cancellation policy?

If a client is absent for more than 3 sessions or has a high number of cancellations we reserve the right to remove the client from our schedule and to place that client on a waiting list for a new session. This is to facilitate other clients that may be waiting to receive our services or are looking for a change in their therapy time. This applies in particular to Saturday and after school appointments. Some families travel for up to 3 hours in order to access our services. Similarly, some clients, who live a long distance away, continue to wait for these Saturday appointments in order to avail of ATS services. We regret our own cancellations during trainings and teaching activities, however, where possible, we will offer alternatives for you to make up your sessions. Please keep in mind that these training activities ensure our staff can provide the most up-to-date clinical services. They also help support our “pro bono publico” program which offers, in certain circumstances, a number of client services free of charge.

How do I notify a cancellation of an appointment?

Should you wish to cancel your appointment, please phone ATS giving as much notice as possible on (042) 935-1777 or email advancetherapysystems@gmail.com

What method of payment is accepted?

We accept payment by cash, cheque, credit cards and laser. All payments are expected at the time of the appointment.

Can I reclaim what I pay in therapy from my health insurance?

Check with your health insurer regarding your policy. Some policies enable you to claim back a percentage of the money spent on therapy sessions. Some of our clients have also availed of funds to complete our therapy programs or are able to claim their therapy expenses against their taxes.

Can I have a Saturday time slot?

Saturday time slots are reserved for families who travel in order to access our services. Some clients, who live a long distance away from our facility, continue to wait for these Saturday appointments in order to avail of ATS services. However, at times we may have Saturday times slots available, please check with our office for any questions in regards to scheduling.

How do I find out about upcoming courses for parents and professionals?

To find out about our upcoming courses, join our mailing list and specify whether you wish to be notified of parent or clinician courses. Alternatively, you can call ATS to inquire or become a fan of ATS on Facebook. We frequently update our face book page with upcoming events.

What resources are available at your clinic?

  • Sensational Kids, Lucy Miller
  • The Everything Parents Guide to Sensory Integration, Terri Mauro, reviewed by Dr. Sharon Cermak
  • The Sensory Sensitive Child, Dr. Karen Smith, Dr. Karen Gouze
  • Sensory Balance, Erna Blanche and Thomas Decker
  • Answers to Questions Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration, Dr. Jane Koomar PhD, Carol Kranowitz MA, Stacey Szklut MS
  • Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World, Dr. Sharon Heller PhD