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Grants and Other Funding Resources for Private Therapy

Southwestern Ohio Council of Governments

The SWOCG provides a state funded voucher program for families who choose to seek out additional therapies, necessary equipment, supplies, or other needs.  Qualifying families can fill out a short application to receive funds to support their specific needs.  Children receiving funds must also have an ISP or IEP depending on their age.

Small Steps

Small Steps in Speech was founded in remembrance of SSG Marc Small who died in the line of duty.  This is a grant that families can apply for, four times a year.  Applications are due February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.  The application can be found at the web address below.  Families who apply should not have an annual income in excess of $100,000.

Healthwell Grant

The Healthwell Foundation has a variety of grants available for families of children with a variety of conditions.  Please visit:

Please be aware that the Pediatric Assistance fund (that many children may qualify under) is only accepting applications by phone.

United Healthcare Grant

The United Healthcare Grant provides funding to families seeking medical care that is not covered or not fully covered by health insurance.  (A family’s insurance coverage does not have to be through United Healthcare to qualify).  Families can receive up to $5000 a year.  Please visit their website for more information about how to qualify and apply.

Zanes Inc

Zane’s Inc provides funding for services not covered by insurance for both children and adults that reside in Northeast Ohio.

Educational Resources & Trusted Sources of Information

Childhood Apraxia Speech

Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a motor speech disorder that deals with the inefficient planning and execution of movements for speech.  Trusted resources and evidence based practice information can be found here:

PrAACtical AAC

PrAACtical AAC is a blog that provides a variety of ideas and strategies for implementing AAC which stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  

PROMPT Institute 

Prompt stands for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets.  This is a research based therapy program for motor speech disorders.  Lemon Tree of Dayton provides this type of therapy and has had many children demonstrating progress in therapy using this technique.  

Meaningful Speech – Echolalia Education – Gestalt Language Processing

More information is being shared about language development in children with Autism.  Typically developing children typically acquire language word by word.  However, many children acquire language in “chunks” or units/phrases.  These children often use chunks of language to communicate messages.  For example “Ready, set, go!” or “1,2,3 Go!” 

Meaningful Speech is a great website that is providing information for parents as well as professionals who work with children with language development differences.  

Communication Development Center 

This is a website managed by Marg Blanc, another speech language pathologist who specializes in Gestalt Language Processing/Development.  

Seeds of Learning

Tera Sumpter is a speech language pathologist that specializes in executive functioning.  She has many resources on her website that provide education about executive functioning skills for both parents and other professionals (i.e., teachers, SLPs, OTs, etc).