1. Do I need a referral to receive speech and language services?
Depending on your insurance, some plans require a referral from your primary physician/pediatrician. Private pay clients do not need a referral.
2. Do you accept insurance?
We do not directly bill your insurance plan for speech-language services. Families are responsible for payment at time of service. However, we do provide a bill for service with all the required information you need to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
3. Will my insurance policy cover speech-language services for my child?
Some insurance companies cover or reimburse payment for speech-language services. Each client should review their policy coverage and restrictions to confirm coverage.
4. What age groups do you serve?
Generally, we serve children age 2 and up, although some exceptions have been made depending on the needs.
5. How do I know if my child needs speech-language therapy?
As a parent you may notice a delay in communication skills. Often times, a physician or teacher might notice a delay in communication and refer you to a Speech-Language Pathologist. Your child might also be expressing frustration with their communication difficulties through behavior. If you have any concerns regarding speech and language development, please contact us to schedule a free screening.
6. What is the difference between a speech-language screening and an evaluation?
A speech-language screening touches upon a variety of communication areas such as articulation, receptive and expressive language, auditory memory, grammar, vocabulary, voice and fluency. A screening takes about 15-20 minutes. Please feel free to contact us for a free speech-language screening. The screening results might indicate a specific area(s) in need of a more in depth assessment. A comprehensive evaluation provides a more in depth and detailed assessment of the areas of concern using formal and informal assessment tools. An evaluation typically will take an hour or more to administer depending on the need. Families will receive a detailed formal evaluation report when completed.
7. How long is each therapy session?
Typical sessions are 50 minutes of direct therapy and up to 10 minutes of consultation. Sessions are flexible and can be broken up into shorter increments. For example, a client might benefit from two 25 minute sessions a week or even shorter sessions with increased frequency depending on the needs.
8. My child’s school is recommending my child be dismissed from speech-language services yet I feel my child could still benefit from services. What can I do as a parent?
Most schools provide speech-language services to students with communication disorders they feel impact the child’s educational performance. The speech-language goals are aligned with educational goals/standards. If your child is being dismissed by the school, the Speech-Language Pathologist feels your child has met his/her goals as related to the educational goals/standards. As a parent who believes their child would benefit from continued speech-language services, you can contact a private Speech-Language Pathologist who can provide those services.