Frequently Asked Questions
IS BigLittleBrain A TUTORING CENTRE?
Yes and no. We do work on literacy and numeracy skills. Our services are considered a form of out-of-school learning support, and do complement the core competencies of the BC curriculum. However, we do not help school-aged clients complete homework.
DO YOU OFFER OTHER PROGRAMS IN ADDITION TO SOI-IPP?
Not at this time.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO BE TESTED?
Anyone over the age of 5 can be tested. There are four kinds of assessments - the PLA and L forms for learners under the age of 9, and the ALA and CR forms for those age 9 and above.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO WORK THROUGH SOI TRAINING MATERIALS?
The time it takes to complete the SOI training materials depends on factors such as the client’s test scores and how often he/she is working on the materials.
CAN SOI MATERIALS BE DONE INDEPENDENTLY, AT HOME?
Yes. Some clients work on the SOI training materials at home, while others prefer to work with a BigLittleBrain staff member at our clinic.
HOW MUCH DO THE SOI AND IPP PROGRAMS COST?
SOI assessments vary in pricing depending on the age of our clients and the type of assessment we use.
Our IPP program is only offered after SOI testing is complete, and the overall cost depends on how many sessions a client requires in order to complete the program. Since each client's IPP program is unique to their needs, it is hard to predict how many sessions will be required, although most clients are usually successful within a school year (approximately 50 sessions).
Please consult with a BigLittleBrain SOI-IPP specialist for more information on SOI and IPP pricing.
DOES MY INSURANCE OR EXTENDED HEALTH BENEFITS COVER THE PROGRAM COSTS?
We are not licensed medical or mental health professionals. We consider ourselves to be a supplemental, out-of-school support and educational learning clinic, so we are not covered by extended health insurance.
We are, however, approved by the Ministry of Children & Family Development (MCFD) as an autism service provider for clients over the age of 6, so AFU funding can be allocated towards our services.
DO YOU DO DIRECT BILLING TO THE BC AUTISM FUNDING UNIT (AFU)?
Yes! BigLittleBrain services are considered out-of-school learning support and tutoring, which is how we invoice the Autism Funding Unit of the Ministry of Children & Family Development. We would be able to directly bill AFU.
HOW DO I PAY?
We accept cash, cheque, email money transfer, money order, VISA and MasterCard. We request payment for assessment services on the day of the assessment. Subsequent services are invoiced on a per-service basis, unless otherwise arranged.
To pay with AFU funding, you may submit a Request to Pay (RTP) to the Ministry of Children & Family Development (MCFD) via the Portal. Generally, it takes about 4-6 weeks for an RTP to be approved.