Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: We do not accept insurance directly. Each client should check with his or her own provider and review their policy coverage and restrictions to see if your plan covers out of network speech therapy. Many insurance companies do reimburse payment for speech and language therapy services. While Speech SF is not a provider for any insurance company, we will provide a detailed monthly superbill that you may use to request reimbursement from your insurance company.
Q: What should I expect during the evaluation?
A: A speech and language evaluation often involves a standardized test, observation through play and/or conversation and a parent interview. The evaluation will be completed in the comfort of your own home, ideally with both the caregiver and child present. Every effort is made to make your child feel comfortable and have fun during the evaluation process. During the evaluation session, your therapist will discuss initial results and recommendations for therapy. Following the evaluation, the therapist will provide a timely written evaluation report. Referrals to other professionals may be made if it's found that your child is having difficulties in areas that are outside the realm of practice for a speech language pathologist. Find out more here.
Q: How often will my child have speech therapy sessions?
A: Following the initial evaluation, we communicate our recommendations for therapy and together decide on a schedule that works for both parties. Therapy sessions are typically 1-2 times per week for 50 minutes. Shorter sessions may be recommended for toddlers.
Q: Do parents participate in therapy?
A: Yes. If possible, parents are highly encouraged to participate in therapy sessions. We strive to arm parents with the tools to provide a rich language learning environment all day, every day, not just during therapy time. Everything changes for the better when parents get involved by helping their kids practice skills at home and in their everyday environment.
Q: How long will my child need speech therapy?
A: Each child will progress through therapy at their own rate, although overall length depends largely on the skill your child is developing. Home practice and family involvement in therapy are great indicators for speedy progress. We are dedicated to providing family training so children will progress through speech therapy as quickly as possible.
Q: Can you write a progress report?
A: Yes, we can write a written report requested by a parent. The turnaround time is 2 weeks. Report writing is charged at a flat rate per report. Please reach out to us at email@example.com for pricing.
Q: Can you talk to my child’s teachers? My child's OT? Can you attend a school meeting?
A: If scheduling allows, yes, Speech SF therapists are happy to schedule calls with teachers, other therapists, and attend school meetings. The time spent collaborating with other professionals is charged at an hourly rate for any meeting over quick 10 minute syncs.
Q: Can you observe my child at school?
A: Yes, we can schedule a school observation. Observing a child in the school environment is beneficial for many reasons, including collaborating with school teachers and staff, providing recommendations to foster communication in the classroom and to tailor 1:1 speech and language goals to reflect necessary real life communication skills.
Q: What’s your cancellation policy?
A: If you need to cancel your scheduled appointment for any reason, please provide at least 24 hours notice by phone or email. Appointments canceled less than 24 hours of the scheduled appointment will be charged in full. No show appointments will be charged in full. Emergencies will be considered on an individual basis.