SPEECH THERAPY - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW LONG WILL I/MY CHILD NEED SPEECH THERAPY?
There is no set amount of time required for speech therapy. We work with families and clients to create and achieve specific goals that produce functional outcomes.
Periodically, progress towards goals are reviewed as well as the plan of care. After review, we develop new goals or graduate from speech therapy. Participating consistently and working on homework assignments also help reach goals quickly.
WHAT AGE RANGE DO YOU WORK WITH?
We have years of experience treating a variety of populations and age ranges from babies and toddlers to teens and adults needing treatment after a stroke.
Our therapists have worked in early intervention providing speech therapy to toddlers aged 2, 3 and 4 with a speech delay or who were late talkers and in preschools providing therapy to young children aged 5 to 6 with speech or language delay. They've also worked in at elementary and middle schools providing therapy for children who needed help with phonological awareness, reading, articulation, language skills, stuttering and more. Some of our therapists have also worked in hospitals or nursing homes to provide treatment to people after a stroke who had language difficulties or swallowing disorders..
We cover a broad range or speech or language issues and ages. What we do best is to pair you up with the right therapist for your needs.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD NEEDS THERAPY OR AN EVALUATION?
Your child may need an evaluation or therapy if they have received a specific medical diagnosis such as Autism or ADHD which may impact their communication skills.
Young children who have no specific diagnosis but are having difficulty with their comprehension, expressive language, speech or other communication skills may require therapy or an evaluation. Here are some signs:
Speech difficult to understand
They have difficulty following directions and/or answering simple questions
They have difficulty communicating or demonstrating appropriate behaviors in social settings
DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT FOR AN ONLINE SESSION?
No. You don’t need anything special. You need a laptop/computer with a built-in or external webcam, speaker and microphone. Headphones can help for privacy and better quality hearing. A quiet location is good for a focused session.
IS ONLINE SPEECH THERAPY IN MY HOME AS EFFECTIVE AS FACE TO FACE THERAPY?
Research studies have shown that speech therapy provided at your home online is as effective as face-to-face. In some cases online speech therapy is more appropriate or effective than other methods. For example, people with anxiety or sensory issues are oftentimes more relaxed and focused with online instruction provided in the comfort of their own home.
Speech therapy for seniors who might have a difficult time getting to sessions also provides access to care they wouldn't otherwise get.
Online speech therapy also allows those with difficulty accessing quality services in their community to have a speech therapist available to them at home.
Online speech therapy is also great for families that don't want to wait for a speech therapist to become available. At Speech Therapy that Works we have a Parent Coaching program where parents learn to use strategies to improve their child's communication while working with a speech therapist online.
HOW DO I LOG ON TO MY THERAPY SESSION?
You will receive a Zoom link via email the day before your therapy session is scheduled to begin. Click on the link to log on and follow the instructions on the screen. If you need help setting up Zoom, please see their FAQs.
WHY DON'T YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
There are several reasons that we do not accept insurance:
When contracting with an insurance company, they may determine when therapy is working for you or your child based on internal criteria. They often make this determination without meeting or having worked with the client.
Insurance companies may also limit or deny benefits while you or your child still require therapy. This can hamper the effectiveness of progress or interfere with your ability to continue sessions.
Insurance companies reimburse speech therapists very low fees that have not increased for many years. Many speech therapy clinics must take on large caseloads to cover costs. Therefore, these therapists are often preoccupied with a large volume or clients.
Lastly extensive reporting requirements take up a lot of time. We prefer to use our time to provide high quality therapy to a limited number of patients.