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Speech and Language

Speech Therapy

Our evaluations are performed by licensed Speech and Language Pathologists with a Clinical Certificate of Competency (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). We utilize a variety of standardized tests in order to assess the child’s ability in all areas of speech and language development. Depending on the needs of the child we will provide an overall comprehensive speech and language evaluation and/or a limited evaluation targeting a specific area of concern.

Comprehensive evaluations will look at receptive language, or what your child understands (semantics, syntax, and morphology), expressive language, the way your child expresses him or herself (semantics, syntax, morphology, narrative, and pragmatics), articulation, or how your child produces specific sounds and auditory processing. If concerns are noted, we will also evaluate a child’s voice (pitch, rate and loudness) and fluency (smooth rate of speech). Additionally, we may also assess oral motor and/or feeding skills if a child is having difficulty chewing, swallowing or tolerating different textures.

Families will be provided with a report detailing their child’s strengths and weaknesses in speech and language, including standardized scores and a specific treatment plan (if applicable). If a problem is identified from the testing that is not “developmental” in nature (in other words, your child will not “grow out of it”), speech and/or language therapy is usually recommended.

The therapist will thoroughly explain the situation to you and your family and make specific recommendations which will include individualized goals and objectives. Your child may be referred to other specialists for additional assessment or treatment. Finally, information may be given to you on how to work with your child at home.

The earlier a child’s speech and language problems are identified and treated, the less likely it is that problems will persist or get worse. Early speech and language intervention can help children be more successful with reading, writing, schoolwork, and interpersonal relationships.

 

Children’s Speech & Language Problems: When Does a Child Need Speech Therapy?

Sometimes children have problems forming certain sounds or words that make it harder for others to understand what they’re saying. Some children will grow out of the problem themselves while others will need to see a Speech Language Pathologist to remedy the problem.

 

Types of Speech and Language Problems:

  • Articulation Disorder: Trouble saying certain sounds correctly
  • Phonological Disorder: Trouble combining certain sounds used in communication
  • Resonance/Voice Disorders: When the vocal quality of an individual is altered/changed in such a way that is thought to be abnormal to the listener.
  • Language Disorder: Difficulty understanding
  • Fluency Disorder: Repeating certain sounds and or having trouble saying a complete word.

 

Medical Problems that often make it difficult for children to communicate clearly:

  • Hearing impairment
  • Weak muscles around the mouth
  • Cleft lip and or palate
  • Autism
  • Premature birth
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Down’s Syndrome

Voice

Voice concerns after 2 years of age include harsh/hoarse vocal quality, hyper- or hypo- nasal vocal quality, or pitch that is too high or low. A referral to an ENT to rule out pathology is necessary prior to voice treatment by a Speech-Language Pathologist.

 

Stuttering

A certain amount of disfluency between the ages of 2 1/2 – 5 is generally considered to be within the normal developmental sequence. However, if struggling behavior is present, with repetitions occurring at the beginning and middle of sentences, or sounds prolonged more than 2 seconds, a referral may be warranted.

Adapted from: www.asha.org

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few questions that we've gotten over the past 10+ years of empowering kids to bloom and succeed through therapy.  For a full list of FAQ, click here.

What happens during our first visit?
Please plan to arrive 10 minutes early for your first appointment. You may download forms online, under "Resources" on the homepage of this website or by clicking here. These forms are password protected, so you will need to contact the office to obtain access. Your therapist will come out to greet you in the waiting room. Your child will be asked to remove his/her shoes, and he/she may choose a pair of socks to wear throughout their visit. This is to keep a healthy, clean environment for everyone and for the safety of the mats in the gym (yes, even the parents please!). Your therapist will then ask background questions and establish rapport in a playful manner. Your child will be put at ease immediately--this is a comfortable, fun, and playful place to be!
Will my insurance cover an evaluation and/or therapy?
Most often, insurance will cover at least a portion, if not all of an evaluation. Coverage for therapy services will depend on the individual insurance plan, and it is often determined by medical necessity. It is each family's responsibility to verify insurance benefits prior to receiving services. We will take a copy of your insurance card to verify your benefits; however, it is ultimately the family's responsibility to research as well.
How long will my child need therapy?
Typically, a treatment plan is established over 6-month increments. Your child will have his/her initial evaluation completed with treatment goals established to be achieved within a 6-month period. Sometimes therapy can extend for longer periods of time depending on progress, diagnosis, and severity of the disorder. Individual treatment plans are established, and parents play an integral role in treatment planning. You can expect that your child will participate in a re-evaluation every 6-9 months to determine if therapy goals need to be revised and to monitor progress. Your insurance may require more frequent documentation, in which case, it is your responsibility to notify your therapist what is required.
What insurance plans do you currently accept?

We are currently in-network for Advent Health, Aetna, Aetna Better Health, Allied, BCBS, CHAMPVA, Cigna, CMS, Coventry, Health First Health Plan, Humana, Meritain, Molina, Multiplan, Simply Health, Staywell, Straight Medicaid, Sunshine, Sunshine Healthy Kids, Tricare Select and Prime, UHC, and UMR.   Although we are out of network with some insurance companies at this time, you may still be eligible for coverage depending on your plan. In addition, being in-network does not always guarantee coverage for disorders that are developmental in nature. Please call the office to discuss your options.