Are evaluation and therapy visits covered by insurance?
Yes, most insurance plans cover services, up to a visit limit of 30 or 60 visits per year. We are out-of-network providers, and while we do not bill insurance carriers directly, your statement will provide the needed codes and diagnostic information for you to submit claims for reimbursement on your own.
What goes into an evaluation?
Typically, a speech and language evaluation will be completed over two or three hour-long sessions, followed by a consultation with parents to discuss testing results and future treatment goals. The evaluation process also utilizes previous testing at school or other records you may have for your child. As needed, interviews and consultation with classroom teachers and care providers complete the evaluation process, with the intention of providing a complete picture of your child's strengths and weaknesses.
What happens during the therapy?
Treatment sessions are conducted in your home or our community, typically once weekly for an hour each session. Included in that hour is time to debrief and review the week's goals with parents. Parents are welcomed as a part of therapy as needed, and often an integral part of floortime activities. We enjoy training families using the DIR/Floortime model. There are also times when children, especially school-age children, perform better with only the "teacher" present, so we'll work together for the best fit for your child's personality. For all children, it is helpful to see what their home play environment is like. For school-age children, it is often useful to take a look inside the backpack: to review homework and curriculum in order to break down where they are struggling. Classwork can often serve as complementary treatment tools to practice reading, writing, and speeches, making the therapy all the more relevant to your child and their current needs.
How long will my child need therapy?
This question can best be answered post-evaluation and during the initial stages of treatment. In our experience, a minimum of six treatment sessions are needed for minor speech disorders, and as many as several years of therapy for more significant language and learning disabilities. Along the way, progress is reviewed several times a year to determine new goals for treatment. It is not uncommon for children to work with an SLP periodically for several years, especially as new challenges at school arise (e.g the social and academic demands of elementary school, the writing demands of 4th and 5th grade, the transition to middle school and multi-class schedules, etc.) The success of therapy comes with giving your child the tools and strategies to meet each new challenge head on. Even at the culmination of therapy, we remain a collaborative partner in your child's education success and are available for consultation as needed.