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What is speech and language therapy? Can my child have difficulties in both areas?

Speech and language therapy is an evidenced based intervention for individuals who demonstrate speech, language, and communication difficulties. 


Speech refers to the way we pronounce sounds and our fluency while speaking. Language is divided into receptive language and expressive language. Receptive language refers to what an individual understands, such as being able to follow directions and understand what is being said. Expressive language refers to how we communicate and express ourselves. This includes what vocabulary we use, the way we put words together, and our overall ability to use language with purpose. Expressive language also includes pragmatic and social language, which refers to the way we use our language to interact and functionally communicate with others. 

Some children may have only have difficulties with either speech or language skills. It is not uncommon for children to have difficulties with both speech and language.


Does my child need speech/language therapy? 

If your child is not meeting speech/language and communication milestones for their age, a speech/language evaluation may be warranted to determine if intervention is recommended. If you have concerns regarding your child’s speech/language/communication skills, it’s best to consult with a speech/language pathologist. Early intervention is key, don’t wait!


How often and how long are sessions?

All therapy sessions are 30 minutes. Recommended frequency of therapy varies for each child. 


How long will my child be in therapy for?

If therapy is recommended for your child, your therapist will re-evaluate their speech/language/communication skills every 6 months, as required by most insurance companies. At the re-evaluation, progress will be discussed and your therapist will determine if therapy is still recommended. 


Will my insurance cover speech/language therapy?

Speech/language therapy coverage depends on your individual insurance plan. No two insurance plans are the same, even if they are issued by the same insurance company. Some insurance plans don’t provide coverage for developmental diagnoses such as, articulation/phonological disorders and developmental delays, unless it is a result of an accident/injury, like a stroke or traumatic brain injury or if there is a medical diagnosis like Autism or Down syndrome. If you are unable to use your insurance, we also offer private pay/prompt pay options.


Where do therapy sessions take place?

Therapy sessions are conducted in the Boca Raton office.


Who will evaluate and treat my child?

Evaluation and treatment sessions will be conducted by one of our therapists who are all state licensed and nationally certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and have earned their Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).


How do I get started?

Get started by giving us a phone call or sending an us an email with your name, your child’s name and date of birth, and your concerns regarding your child’s speech/language and communication development. If you plan on using your insurance, please provide your child’ first/last name, date of birth, and a photo of the front and back of your child’s insurance card.


Before scheduling an evaluation, we will verify your insurance benefits. We encourage all families to become familiar with their insurance coverage. Please click here to read more about insurance.

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