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Speech Therapy

When should a parent pursue Speech Therapy for their child?

A child should be seen if…

 

During Infancy:

  • The infant is demonstrating difficulty latching on
  • Coughing/choking during or after eating
  • Difficulty transitioning from bottle to pureed/semi-solids (i.e. gagging, choking)
  • The child is not responding to his/her name or other sounds

The development of communication skills begins in infancy before the emergence of the first word. Any speech or language problem is likely to have a significant effect on the child’s social and academic skills and behavior.

At 18 months:

  • The child does not use first words or have a vocabulary of 8-10 words
  • The child omits beginning sounds of a word  (“_og _ark” for “dog bark”)
  • Uses mostly vowel sounds when speaking (“um ee a u” for “Come see the cat run”)
  • Difficulty following 1-step directions
  • Uses “uh” with pointing to request needs/wants

At 2 years of age:

  • Expressive vocabulary of less than 50 words
  • Does not put 2 words together to form a phrase
  • Difficulty following 2-step directions

At 3-4 years of age:

  • Speech is still difficult to understand
  • Responds inappropriately to “Who, What, Where, When” questions
  • Uses incomplete sentences by 3 1/2 years of age (“Me go to swing” for “I am going to swing.”)
  • Difficulty sequencing/retelling a short story
  • Difficulty answering questions about a short story
  • Hoarse/raspy voice quality

5+ years of age:

  • Does not use more than 2,000 words
  • Difficulty understanding time/sequencing (first, next, last, third)
  • Difficulty with phonemic awareness (letter to sound identification, early reading skills)
  • Decreased sentence length or mixed up grammatical form/structure (“goed” for went, “her” for she)
  • Does not use imagination to create stories
  • Has difficulty maintaining a conversation

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.

 

Speech/Language Disorders:

  • 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 or re-telling stories/describing pictures with descriptive language
  • Fluency Disorder: Repeating certain sounds and or having trouble saying a complete word.
  • Medical Problems that make it difficult for children to communicate clearly:
  1. Hearing impairment
  2. Weak muscles around the mouth
  3. Cleft lip and or palate
  4. Autism
  5. Premature birth
  6. Swallowing disorders

Speech And Language Therapy Can Address Reading And Literacy Concerns Such As:

Learning/Remembering Letter Names
Learning Letter/Sound Correspondence
Rhyming
Blending Sounds Into Words
Segmenting Words Into Sound
Sounding Out Or Decoding Words
Spelling
Reading Fluently (Sounds Choppy)
Reading With Good Expression (Sounds Flat)
Reading Comprehension
Writing & Organizing Written Language
(Words, Sentences, Paragraphs, Essays/Papers)
Speech-Language Pathologists treat symptoms associated with dyslexia. They can evaluate and treat a child with or without a diagnosis of dyslexia. Testing for dyslexia coming soon!

Assessments will be completed to evaluate each child’s strengths and weaknesses and determine the course for treatment.

Treatment will be tailored to each child’s individual needs.

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17718 Hunting Bow Circle
Lutz, FL 33558

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2241 Green Hedges Way
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

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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.