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Commonly Asked Questions

1. What is speech-language intervention?

Speech-language intervention is a range of therapeutic services designed to improve communication skills. Intervention addresses issues related to speech, such as articulation, fluency, and voice disorders, as well as language difficulties, including understanding and using language effectively, otherwise known as receptive language and expressive language.

2. Who needs speech-language intervention?

Speech-language therapy is a practice that is used all across the lifespan. Individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly, may need speech-language intervention. It's beneficial for those experiencing communication challenges due to developmental delays, congenital disabilities, injury, or illness that affects speech, language, cognitive-communication, social communication, and swallowing.

3. How do I know if my child needs speech-language intervention?

Use developmental milestones in speech and language development as reference point. Every child is unique and milestones are often in ranges (e.g. 4-6 weeks) however they are designed to track how your child is developing. Delays in babbling, combining words, making meaningful gestures, joint attention, understanding words, or forming sentences may indicate the need for an evaluation by a speech-language pathologist (SLP).

4. What happens during a speech-language evaluation?

A skilled SLP will conduct a comprehensive assessment that may include observing communication skills, testing oral-motor abilities, understanding and producing language, and working to elicit as much language and speech from your child to obtain a clear clinical portrait of how a patient/client is performing. The goal is to identify strengths and weaknesses that will inform the SLP how to develop a tailored intervention plan.

5. How often are speech-language therapy sessions conducted?

Therapy might range from once a week to multiple times a week. Frequency and duration of therapy sessions vary depending on the individual's needs, goals, and progress. Frequency and duration can always be adjusted during the therapy process.

6. Can parents be involved in the intervention process?

Yes and Yes! SLPs will often encourage parent involvement to support the introduction and/or carryover of a skill outside of the therapy room. This can be done by providing strategies and activities to practice at home or 1:1 parent education consults for models and reinforcement. Parental support is crucial for reinforcing skills learned during therapy sessions.

7. Will my insurance cover speech-language intervention?

Coverage varies by insurance plan and policy. Some plans cover speech-language intervention when deemed medically necessary, while others might have limitations. It's important to check with your insurance provider. Be sure to ask your SLP to provide you with a Superbill as this the document used for insurance reimbursement.

8. How long does it take to see improvement?

Improvement timelines vary widely among individuals, depending on the nature and severity of the disorder, consistency of therapy, and practice outside of sessions. Some see progress within a few months, while others may require longer-term intervention.

9. Can adults benefit from speech-language intervention?

Yes, adults can significantly benefit from speech-language therapy, especially after events like a stroke or traumatic brain injury, or for conditions like aphasia, voice disorders, and stuttering. Some adults work with a speech-language pathologist to expand their accent. What was formally recognized as accent modification, has transitioned to accent expansion, a practice of embracing ones native accent and learning new strategies to expand their accent to acclimate to a new job, position, location, etc.,

10. Where can I find a qualified speech-language pathologist?

You can search for certified SLPs through professional associations such as the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or contact local clinics, hospitals, and schools that offer speech-language services.

Your Partners in Navigating the Journey of Speech and Language,

Compass Communication Group

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