What is the difference between a screening and an evaluation?

A screening is a brief (less than 25 minutes) assessment of your child’s general developmental language levels that is usually provided in a school or community setting. The purpose of a screening is to determine if your child appears to demonstrate age appropriate skills or should be further evaluated. An evaluation is an in-depth assessment of your child’s speech and language skills. At the end of that assessment, a complete written report along with recommendations is provided. The speech-language pathologist determines whether an evaluation is necessary based on screening results and information provided by the family.

Is speech therapy covered by insurance?

Every insurance plan is different. Before making an appointment, it is always a good idea to contact your insurance carrier to determine if your plan covers speech-language evaluation and therapy and if there are any qualifying conditions to receiving services. We can help you with questions to ask that may be helpful in determining coverage.

How soon will my child complete therapy?

All children and families come to therapy with their own strengths, needs, motivations, and support systems. The rate at which a child moves through therapy is dependant upon all of these variables, and cannot be predetermined. Some children come to therapy for a very specific problem, and are discharged in a short time, while others have more long-term needs.  These children may have goals that are updated and changed as improvements are noted in various areas.