1. Is Speech Therapy Covered by My Insurance Company?
Every policy is different. You have to contact them directly. Some companies will cover speech therapy, but only for restorative purposes, that is if you had it and lost, such as when someone has a stroke.
2. How young can my child be evaluated?
A child at one year should have 10-25 words. By 18 months they should have close to 100 and they should be starting to string two words together. For example, mommy-key, could mean they want to go in the car, or they want to go to the park. Now keep in mind, that we don’t expect each word to be articulated accurately. “OO” when used consistently, could mean juice as both the /j/ and /s/ sounds are later developing.
3. If my child needs speech, how long will it take?
Every person is different and moves at a different pace. Work at home is essential for improvement. A person cannot just work with a therapist twice a week and expect to overcome their deficit. It needs to be reinforced on a daily basis.
4. Should my child or I come more frequently for speech/OT/tutoring?
Following your evaluation, a suggested frequency will be given to you. But you have to see what works for you. If you can only manage once a week, time wise or financially, then we will help you make that work. You will need to do more at home. More is not always better. It doesn’t always serve a purpose for you to come every day. What you learn here needs to be carried out and used in everyday activities.
5. How do I know if my child needs services?
If you are unsure, feel free to call or send us an email. We also do free screenings all the time. It will take about 15-20 minutes of your time. We will meet with you and your child and can see if he/she qualifies for an evaluation.