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Pediatric Speech Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Speech Therapy

What happens during an evaluation?

This is an opportunity for the child, parent(s) and speech therapist to meet and share information. The speech therapist considers the child's medical, developmental and academic history, formal testing results and parent feedback before developing a treatment plan. This initial meeting lasts 60-90 minutes. 

What paperwork do I need to complete for the evaluation?

Patients are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to their evaluation appointment to complete necessary paperwork, including insurance verification, patient identification and consent to treatment. A printable copy of the pediatric case history form is available if you'd like to get a head start on the paperwork. A case history form in Spanish is also available.

Do parents sit in on therapy?

Sometimes. Some children do better in therapy when a parent is present and some do better without. If the parent(s) do not sit in on therapy, they can often watch from the observation room. Between sessions, parents are usually given activity tasks to complete with their child in an effort to maximize progress.

How is therapy scheduled?

Most children are scheduled for 30 minute sessions twice weekly. The duration of the treatment depends on the severity of the child's delay or disorder and the child's progress. All treatment plans are routinely updated at least every six months.

Is therapy covered by insurance?

Insurance coverage varies by provider. Please check with your insurance company to determine what benefits your child is eligible to receive.