Calgary Funded Services
Kindred Kids can direct bill your Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) contract for a portion of the following services. Please note that due to funding differences between Edmonton and Calgary, Kindred Kids currently provides the following:
Psychologist Services for Developmental/ Behaviorial Aide Programs (DBA)
Developmental/Behavioural Aide support programs are focused on 3-5 goals at a time, typically in one main area (i.e., behaviour, anxiety etc).
Programs comprise 4 hours of professional support/month and 9 hours of aide time/week, over 6 months. Kindred Kids does not provide aides.
At the 5 month mark, a meeting will be held to determine next steps. This may include: transition to another provider, ending of services or continuation with Kindred Kids.
Coordination for Family run Specialized Services (SS) Programs
Coordinating a SS team is done by a professional such as an SLP, OT or Psychologist. Coordination includes: compiling and updating the ISP; coordinating family meetings; communication with FSCD, providing supervision to aides if needed, assistance with billing
Psychologist consultation for Specialized Services Programs or Family Run Programs
We consult with other Calgary Agencies who provide SS and DBA programs.
We can consult to Family run SS programs
We have always tried to work within governmental funding structure, however, it is no longer possible to do so. As of September 2019, in Calgary, AB, there will be a differential ($65) charged/hour to ensure: 1)professionals are being paid for their experience and education, 2) are more in keeping with the recommend fee schedules put forth by the governing colleges of the profession and 3) comparable to the rates in other parts of the province. We also recognize the financial cost of services for families who have programming can be considerable, and as such, will do our best to create a financial agreement that works for everyone.
Calgary Private Services
Kindred Consultation Services for families and professionals:
Depending on your goals, consultation may include: direct work with your child, siblings and parents, as well as observation, modeling and coaching.
We provide professional consultation to other psychologists, social workers or those in related fields.
Provisional Psychologist Supervision
Jennifer Mitchell can provide supervision to provisional psychologists.
Please contact Jennifer Mitchell with your inquires,
**July 2019 - please note, that Dr.Mitchell is currently full for supervision.
Safe and Sound Protocol (SPP)
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a non-invasive five-day auditory intervention, developed by Dr. Stephen Porges. The protocol is designed, based on Polyvagal Theory, to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. The intervention works by calming physiological and emotional states, resulting in improved communication and more successful therapy.
What is SPP and how does it work?
The SPP uses the auditory system to access the vagus complex; the vagus complex manages our physiological state. By exercising and systematically challenging the auditory system, the SSP stimulates nervous system regulation.
You (or your child) listen to specially processed music for one hour a day for five consecutive days. The music trains the middle ear muscles to focus in on the frequency of human speech and retune the nervous system. This allows you (or your child) to better interpret the meaning, the intent and emotional meaning of language. A increased sense of safety can be achieved by better understanding the fluctuations in human voice and this can calm your (or your child’s) physiological state. Once interpersonal interactions improve, spontaneous social behaviors and an enhanced ability to learn, self-regulate and engage are often seen. With a more regulated physiological state, we can accelerate or augment subsequent therapies.
The SSP may be a beneficial therapy for:
- Social and emotional difficulties
- Auditory sensitivities
- Anxiety related challenges
- Trauma related challenges
- Stressors that impact social engagement
Contact Jennifer Mitchell for more information and to assess your suitability for SSP. Please note, you must be able to commit to the one hour of auditory intervention per day/for 5 days. You or your child must be able to tolerate wearing headphones. While listening to the music, you or your child can engage in activities such as coloring, games, cards etc. Although activities should not be too stimulating.
You can read more about SSP here.