Frequently Asked Questions
Pediatric Speech Therapy
What is Speech Therapy?
Speech Pathologists work with people who are having challenges from the neck up. Speech Therapy diagnose and treat a variety of speech-language, cognitive, voice, and feeding-swallowing difficulties in children and adults. Read more about Best Speech Therapy's services on our Speech Pathology and Voice Therapy pages.
Tell me about Best Speech Therapy, PLLC's Free Consultation.
Best Speech Therapy, PLLC offer's an initial phone consultation free of charge with our head SLP. Marcia will ask about your concerns, doctor's diagnosis (if any), other professionals recommendations, and whether the client has previously received speech therapy services. After learning about the client, Marcia then shares information about the therapeutic process and answers any additional questions. If it's determined that the client would benefit from a speech therapy evaluation, a follow up evaluation can be scheduled on our website. An evaluation may consist of formal and informal assessments such as standardized tests, parent interview, observation, and more to determine if speech therapy is recommended and devise a plan with goals for treatment.
At what age should I seek out help for my child?
Here at Best Speech Therapy, PLLC, we begin treating patient from the age of 18 months. Research has demonstrated that the critical period of brain development is between ages 0 to 3 years. Early intervention decreases the need for special education services related to social-emotional disorders, language disorders, and learning disabilities. Early identification of communication disorders provides children with a greater chance of reaching their maximum potential.
Is my child developing speech and language at a normal rate?
CLICK HERE and take our free Speech and Language Development Screening and receive a 15 minute consultation with one of our therapists.
What is a receptive language disorder?
Receptive language refers to how well you understand language. Receptive language disorders are difficulties in the abilities to attend to, process, comprehend, and/or retain spoken language.
What is a expressive language disorder?
Expressive language includes the skills involved in communicating one's thoughts and feelings to others. Expressive language refers to how one uses their words to communicate.
What is a social pragmatic language disorder?
Children with social pragmatic difficulties demonstrate deficits in understanding social languages. They have difficulty with social interpretation and interaction with friends.
Is my child's "stuttering" normal?
Non-fluent speech is typical between the ages of two and five years. Non-fluent speech may last up to six months, improve, then return. A speech-language evaluation may be in order if your child exhibits any other speech and language difficulties or was a late talker. Any child who is demonstrating any "struggle behaviors" (e.g., facial/bodily tension, breathing disruptions, blocks, grimacing) should be referred to a speech-language pathologist immediately.
What is an articulation disorder?
Articulation is the production of speech sounds. An articulation disorder is when a child does not make speech sounds correctly due to incorrect placement or movement of the lips, tongue, velum, and/or pharnyx. Some children with articulation disorders also present with orofacial myofunctional disorders. An oral habit, such as thumb sucking, can also be linked to articulation disorders.
How long does speech therapy take?
The length of time it takes to treat depends on several critical factors. Best Speech Therapy, PLLC's goal is to provide therapy to assist the client to reach their optimal communication and graduate from the program as soon as is appropriate. The client and/or caregiver's willingness to work outside of therapy sessions will facilitate graduation sooner rather later.
Occasionally, our speech pathologists may request consults with other professionals such as ear-nose-throat doctors, dental professionals, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dyslexia therapists, psych professionals, etc to address underlying concerns which may impact the client's progress.
What should I expect from an evaluation?
Prior to coming to the evaluation, a questionnaire regarding your concerns and medical, language, educational, and developmental (if appropriate) history will be completed.
At the evaluation, the speech pathologist will have the opportunity to assess the patient's communication skills. Assessments may include standardized testing, observation, caregiver interview, review of previous evaluations. Play based evaluations may be conducted with young children. The evaluation results will determine if treatment is necessary. Treatment cannot be initiated unless an evaluation has been completed.
Referrals to other professionals may be recommended as part of the treatment plan if the client shows difficulties in areas outside of the speech pathologist's scope of practice. This may include audiology, ENT, occupational therapy, physical therapy, orthodontists, oral myologists, etc.
What are your fees?
Assessment: Best Speech Therapy, PLLC utilizes both informal and formal testing measures, including client/caregiver interview, clinical observations, as well as standardized tests to evaluation speech, language, and voice skills. The client's strengths and needs in the area in question are examined to determine a plan of care and goals for treatment. Following the assessment, you will receive a written report with recommendations. Evaluations are scheduled in 1.5 -2 hour blocks. Occasionally, an evaluation requires more time than expected to complete, an additional 60 minute appointment will be scheduled with a fee of $150.
Comprehensive Speech and Language Evaluation: $400
Comprehensive Social Communication Evaluation: $400
Orofacial Myofunctional Evaluation: $300
Voice Evaluation: $225
Stuttering Evaluation: $225
*Additional 60 minute appointments required to complete an evaluation: $150
Therapy: Best Speech Therapy, PLLC uses evidence-based treatment approaches and customizes each therapy plan based on the client's strengths and needs. All therapy is individualized to meet the client's unique learning style, incorporate their personal interests, and capitalize on their strengths to build and improve the client's communication skills. Home exercise programs are provided for carrying out new skills learned during speech therapy into daily routines.
30 minute sessions $100
45 minute sessions $125
60 minute sessions $150
Consultations/Review of Records/Second Opinions/Potential Goals/Classroom observations: $150 per hour
Payment: We are currently an out-of-network provider with all insurance companies. However, this does not mean your insurance company will not cover some/all services. Payment for services is due at the time of your appointment to Best Speech Therapy, PLLC via Zelle or our secure online portal for credit cards. Please call your insurance company to find out if you are eligible for out-of-network speech language therapy and/or evaluation reimbursement. This call can be complicated so download our comprehensive guide that contains all the information to provide and questions you should ask to determine your coverage.