FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT SERVICES DOES ABSOLUTE SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY PROVIDE?
We specialize in evaluation and treatment of a variety of speech, language, and swallowing delays. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive, genuine, and personal services to each child we serve. We do not treat your child as a diagnosis, but as a whole person with the potential to improve their communication and life skills. Our services include, but are not limited to, evaluation and treatment in the following areas:
articulation (errors with speech sound production)
language (difficulty with the understanding and/or expression of language)
fluency (i.e. stuttering, cluttering, etc.)
autism spectrum disorders
aural rehabilitation (hearing impairment or cochlear implants)
cognition (deficits often secondary to stroke or brain injury)
apraxia (affects motor planning of speech sounds resulting in “hard to understand” connected speech)
aphasia (language deficit secondary to stroke or brain injury)
swallowing and feeding difficulties
augmentative/alternative communication (AAC)
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MY CHILD IS GOING TO RECEIVE A FREE SPEECH-LANGUAGE SCREEN AT HIS/HER DAYCARE CENTER. WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
Because the therapists at ASLT believe early identification is a key factor to facilitating strong speech and language skills, we offer free speech-language screenings. We offer FREE center-wide screenings to daycare centers and preschools throughout our community. We are committed to preparing the children in central North Carolina for academic and social success. Therefore, we schedule screenings in the child care facility, so all children are given the opportunity to have their speech and language screened (only after receiving parent permission). If you would like your child to be screened, you must return the completed "permission to evaluate" form (you can find it in the “Forms” section of this website). A screen consists of a serious of tasks and questions, that will help the speech therapist determine if the child needs further evaluation. The therapist may also talk with the child’s teacher to assess any academic/social concerns the teacher may have noted in the classroom. Each child who is screened will have a “results page” sent home. If the therapist recommends further testing, the parent will be provided the therapist’s phone number to further discuss concerns and set up an evaluation.
MY CHILD PARTICIPATED IN A CENTER-WIDE SCREEN AT THEIR PRESCHOOL AND THE THERAPIST RECOMMENDED FURTHER EVALUATION. WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?
If you are interested in pursing a comprehensive, standardized, speech-language evaluation, please contact our office or the speech therapist that screened your child. The therapist will then return to the child’s school to conduct the standardized evaluation. The therapist will consider scores from standardized testing, parent/teacher concerns, prior medical history, and client observation to determine therapeutic recommendations. You will receive a complete evaluation report and individualized treatment plan within 3 days of the evaluation. You can always contact your child’s speech therapist if you have questions or concerns at any time.
WILL I BE INVOLVED WITH MY CHILD’S SPEECH-LANGUAGE SERVICES?
We understand how important your child’s success is to you. Once we begin working with your child, we are committed to providing the optimal services possible. We encourage parents to review the evaluation report, treatment plans, and monthly progress reports. We genuinely care about each of the children we serve, and are happy to answer questions whenever they arise. We may even send home practice assignments or suggestions when needed. We enjoy assisting teachers, parents, family members and caregivers by providing information whenever possible. We are highly trained in our field, but your input is very valuable and we strongly believe the parent, client, family, teacher, caregiver, and speech therapist should all form a team to ensure your child’s success.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM SPEECH SERVICES AT ABSOLUTE SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY?
Your child will receive individualized and personal speech and language therapy services from a highly qualified speech-language pathologist. At AS<, our therapists are focused on providing functional therapy in your child’s natural environment. It has been proven that children benefit the most from therapy that is one-on-one, tailored to the needs of the individual child, and provided in a natural setting. When a child is taught skills in their home or school, it is easier for them to carry-over the newly learned skills into their daily life (i.e. mealtimes, play, work, social interactions, etc.) We also believe that the therapist, along with everyone involved in your child’s life (i.e. parent, siblings, caregiver, teacher etc.), is an integral part of your child's team. We will all work together to facilitate success for your child.
HOW LONG WILL MY CHILD NEED SPEECH THERAPY?
There are various factors that may determine how long someone will need speech therapy services. At AS<, we strongly believe that each person has unique strengths, as well as unique needs; therefore the course of therapy should be tailored to each individual child. Motivation level, severity of the delay/disorder, and amount of time the child practices learned skills outside of therapy, are also important considerations.
HOW LONG IS EACH SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY SESSION?
An average therapy session lasts thirty minutes, although this may vary depending on the age of the child and/or severity of the delay/disorder. Because attention spans vary between individuals, your speech therapist will suggest an appropriate length of a session using their clinical judgment following the evaluation.
WHAT AGES DOES ABSOLUTE SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY SERVE?
Our therapists are highly qualified to treat clients of all ages, although our therapists have a special interest in serving the pediatric population. We truly have a passion for working with children and we value the importance of early intervention. We know how important communication skills are for their future, and we are committed to preparing children for academic, personal, and social success. All of the therapists have vast experience with a variety of a disorders. Each therapist attends continuing education courses regularly to ensure quality services are always provided to our clients.
WILL I HAVE TO TAKE OFF WORK TO DRIVE CHILD TO RECEIVE SPEECH THERAPY SERVICES?
At AS<, we strongly believe that good communication and feeding/swallowing skills are essential to everyone’s well-being. We want these services to be available to all children, so we travel to your child to ensure our services are available and convenient to you. We also know the value of providing therapeutic services in a child’s natural environment. We want to teach these essential skills in the very place you will use them the most. For example, teaching a child to follow two-step directions in a clinical room is not as functional as teaching them in the classroom or at home…that’s where it matters most. We will work with you and/or your child’s teacher to schedule therapy sessions.
WILL INSURANCE COVER MY CHILD’S SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY?
We are currently approved providers for Medicaid and Medcost. We are in the process of applying to be “in-network” for several other private insurance companies, so contact our office for updated information. Even if we are not currently “in-network” for your insurance provider, it is always helpful to contact your provider to find out what benefits they may offer. They may still reimburse you for speech therapy services. Please feel free to call and speak with someone in our office if you have any questions regarding insurance coverage. We will assist you in any way possible.
MY CHILD IS NOT EVEN TWO-YEARS-OLD, BUT I’M NOT SURE IF HE/SHE IS MEETING DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES. WHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER CONTACTING A SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST FOR SERVICES?
You should contact a professional as soon as any speech-language-feeding, or any other developmental concerns arise. No child is too young to be helped. If there is a problem, early identification is crucial. Speech and language skills are like building blocks. The foundation is built when a child is very young. Babies begin developing speech and language skills as infants when they “coo” and “babble. The earlier a problem is identified the earlier the skills can be targeted, which can positively affect the rate of progress for your child. If there is no problem, you will be relieved of worry.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM SPEECH SERVICES AT ABSOLUTE SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY?
Our team of qualified therapists uses standardized testing, parent/teacher interview, language sampling, clinical observation, and clinical judgment to determine a child’s need for speech and language services. The standardized tests will be selected to evaluate the specific needs of your child. Our therapists all hold a Master’s degree, are state licensed, and nationally certified. These credentials ensure that your child’s therapist is highly qualified to determine the speech and language needs of your child.
HOW WILL I KNOW HOW MY CHILD IS PROGRESSING IN THERAPY?
AS< therapists are committed to involving you, the parent/caregiver, by periodically providing “Session Updates” (in regards to particular sessions) and Progress Reports (that outline overall progress on goals). As always, please feel free to contact your speech therapist at any time if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress.
HOW CAN I WORK ON MY CHILD’S SPEECH AND LANGUAGE GOALS AT HOME?
We know the importance of practicing speech-language skills at home. It has been proven that children who practice their goals at home have a greater rate of “carry-over” and overall success. We also understand how busy you are. We have provided various links on our website to help you facilitate good speech and language skills at home. Please look at the Resources/Links page of this website for more information. Your child’s therapist will also periodically send home “home assignments” whenever possible to encourage practice of newly learned skills. Again, your therapist is always available if you have further questions or would like additional activities to use at home.