How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?
If you're not sure whether your child might need therapy, a good place to start is your pediatrician. Another good place to start is with your child's daycare provider or teacher. He/she can usually gauge your child's speech/language skills based on what other children of the same age are doing. In addition, you can call for a free phone consultation. Visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for more information on developmental norms and when to contact a speech-language pathologist in your area.
What's the difference between speech and language?
Speech refers to the types of sounds we use to communicate. Language refers to the words we use and understand. Both are essential for effective communication.
Can I bring my child in for a screening?
We offer free, scheduled screenings on Thursdays and Fridays at our clinic. We also offer free phone consultations, which are more flexible.
What is the main difference between a screening and an evaluation?
Screenings are generally much quicker and provide a general idea of how a child is doing compared to same-aged peers. An evaluation is generally more comprehensive and is accompanied by a written report.
How do I get started?
Please contact us for further information about the referral, evaluation, and treatment process. A turnaround for an evaluation usually takes about 2 weeks.
My child is a "late talker." Won't he/she just grow out of it?
There is extensive research to support early intervention in speech and language. Get more information here.
How long will my child need speech therapy?
Every case is different and a treatment plan will be specifically designed for your child after evaluation.
My child gets speech therapy at school. Can he/she still receive private services?
Yes! In fact, private therapy is often a great supplement to school-based speech therapy.
My child gets private therapy. Can he/she get school-based services too?
Yes, but school-based services have a different criteria for qualification. In addition, a child's speech/language impairment MUST impact them academically in order to receive school-based services. Just because a student receives private therapy, doesn't mean he/she will qualify for school services.
How old does my child have to be to get school-based speech and language therapy?
If your child is under 3 years old, he/she may be eligible for "Part C" services. Contact The Child Development Center for more information. If your child is above the age 3, he/she may qualify for services through your public school, EVEN IF he/she is home-schooled or attends a private school. Both services are free of charge and provided through state and federal funding. Get more information here.
Where do you provide services?
Services can be provided in clients' homes, in our clinic space, and at the child's daycare/preschool. The SLP will work with families to determine the best fit, based on client needs, family preferences, scheduling, and insurance requirements. In-home services are provided in Kalispell and Whitefish only (with some exceptions.)
What if I work full time and cannot bring my child to therapy during normal business hours?
We are happy to speak with your preschool, daycare provider, or private primary or secondary school about providing therapy on premise. In most cases, we are not able to provide services in the public school system.
How much will speech therapy cost?
Every child and every insurance company is different. Check out our contract under the intake forms section of the website for information on payment policies and rates. Please contact your insurance prior to services to see if they cover speech therapy.
Will my health insurance cover speech therapy?
Many health insurances do cover speech therapy, however they often vary on how much and what type. While we are happy to bill insurance to cover evaluation and treatment sessions, it's a good idea to contact your insurance provider to find out what you need to do to get speech therapy covered under your plan. We also offer a cash discount for families who choose to pay privately or have high insurance deductibles or co-pays.
What happens if my health insurance does not cover speech therapy?
Unfortunately, we still have to bill for services. We offer a 20% cash discount to private pay customers who don't require submission of claims. There are also a variety of nonprofit and government organizations that may be able to help you with the cost of therapy. Please contact us if you are having trouble paying for sessions; we may be able to work with you.
What if you are not in-network with my insurance plan?
We are in-network with most major insurance companies. If we are not in-network with your insurance, we are still able to submit to insurance on your behalf. However, clients are responsible for the difference in charge and reimbursement. Additionally, many insurance companies allow you to submit a bill for services and recoup some or all evaluation and therapy costs. You can contact us for specific billing codes to determine how much your insurance company will reimburse for these.