A speech pathologist assesses and treats people who have communication disorders. This is accomplished through comprehensive speech/language evaluations prior to beginning therapy programs. Both standardized and informal measures are used to assess skills and determine areas of weakness. A treatment plan is set up to improve these deficit areas.
When a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently or has problems with his or her voice then he or she has a speech disorder. On the other hand, a language disorder is when an individual has difficulty understanding others or sharing thoughts, ideas or feelings clearly.
Speech therapy can help your child regardless if he or she is receiving services at school. In order for a child to receive speech therapy in a school, a student’s communication problems generally fall within state guidelines/criteria. We can provide a free consultation to determine if your child would benefit from private speech therapy services.
An assessment allows a speech / language pathologist to evaluate your child ‘s abilities and compare his/her performance to norms based on chronological age. This helps to determine the best approach to prepare individualized treatment plans. If you have a professional evaluation that was administered within the last six months, we will decide if a more current one is needed.
You should check with your insurance company to determine if speech therapy would be covered. We do not bill any insurance carriers. If you need documentation to submit to your insurance claim, we will provide you with the information required. Full payment is due at time of service.