I'm not sure my child needs speech therapy. What should I do first?
This one is easy: call or email today! I offer a free initial speech therapy consultation regarding your concerns and provide guidance about whether or not it sounds like a speech-language pathology evaluation might be in your child's best interest. No obligation!
Why do I need private speech therapy? Isn't early intervention (EI) or school-based enough?
I would love to say that EI and/or school-based pediatric speech therapy therapy will address all of your child's speech and language concerns, but the reality is that it does not always do so. As a result of high caseloads, limited goal areas, and lots of missed sessions due to meetings, non-service days, group therapy, etc., your child may need an extra set of eyes and ears looking at him/her individually to address goal areas.
What can I expect during my child's speech therapy session?
You can expect individual, catered speech therapy for your child! A pediatric speech therapy evaluation is 60-90 minutes while speech therapy sessions are offered at 30 and 50 minute durations depending on your child's needs. Your child's speech therapy session will occur in my office. You can request a speech therapy session note and invoice all through electronic delivery for your convenience.
What are your fees?
Your Speech Path, LLC is private-pay only. After much research, I'm confident my prices are comparable and definitely affordable compared to other local private pay fees!
Why don't you accept insurance?
Your Speech Path, LLC is small. It's only me! If I wanted to accept insurance, that is a huge time commitment, and we all know health insurance can be VERY time consuming. I would much rather use that time to plan, coordinate, and be 100% available to you and your child in and outside of the therapy room. Positives of not utilizing insurance are that you can self-refer at any time. A huge benefit is that the frequency and duration of speech therapy sessions is NOT dependent on what insurance requires. This is decided by your skilled speech-language pathologist rather than an insurance company who does not know your child. No waiting for prescriptions, authorizations, or a denial of claims leaving you with a very large bill. Insurance also limits your choice in specialized, passionate therapists. Your child deserves limitless opportunities, not only the ones your insurance will permit. You are encouraged to call your insurance company to find out if speech therapy may be reimbursed. You may be able to submit invoices provided to you for partial or full reimbursement.
How long will my child need speech therapy?
Every child is an individual, so a precise answer is impossible to give. Every child responds differently to therapeutic techniques; some respond very quickly and some need more time. Also, duration is dependent on the severity of a speech and language diagnosis. A general estimate may be provided based on diagnosis, however, this is always subject to change based on your child's response to therapy. An open dialogue about duration and frequency is always welcome and encouraged!
Are you able to talk with my child's other speech therapist or teacher?
Absolutely! Consultative and collaborative speech therapy services are offered and strongly encouraged to ensure consistency across therapy. A consent to release information must be filled out prior to Your Speech Path, LLC being in contact with another therapist.
Was your pediatric speech therapy question answered? If not, give Erin a call or email today!