I’m not sure my child needs speech therapy. What should I do first?

This one is easy: call or email today! We offer a free initial speech therapy consultation by phone regarding your concerns and provide guidance about whether or not it a speech-language pathology evaluation might be in your child’s best interest. No obligation!

Why do I need private speech therapy? Isn’t early intervention (EI) or school-based enough?

We would love to say that EI and/or school-based pediatric speech therapy therapy will address all of your child’s speech and language concerns, but the reality is that it does not always do so. As a result of high caseloads, limited goal areas, and lots of missed sessions due to meetings, non-service days, group therapy, etc., your child may need an extra set of eyes and ears looking at him/her individually to address goal areas.

What can I expect during my child’s speech therapy session?

You can expect individual, catered speech therapy for your child! A pediatric speech therapy evaluation is 60-90 minutes while speech therapy sessions are offered at 30 and 45 minute durations depending on your child’s needs. Your child’s speech therapy session will occur in our office. You can request a speech therapy session note and invoice all through electronic delivery for your convenience.

Where do sessions take place?

Speech therapy sessions happen in our office or through teletherapy for appropriate candidates. We do not travel to homes or childcare settings.

What are your fees?

For all out-of-network/private pay clients, I’m confident my prices are comparable and definitely affordable compared to other local private pay fees!

Do you take insurance?

Your Speech Path, LLC is in-network with Independence Blue Cross plans only.  **We do NOT Participate with CHIP or medicaid.**

Your Speech Path, LLC is small and personal. If we wanted to accept additional insurance plans, that is a huge time commitment, and we all know health insurance can be VERY time consuming. We would much rather use that time to plan, coordinate, and be 100% available to you and your child in and outside of the therapy room. Positives of not utilizing insurance are that you can self-refer at any time. A huge benefit is that the frequency and duration of speech therapy sessions is NOT dependent on what insurance requires. This is decided by your skilled speech-language pathologist rather than an insurance company who does not know your child. No waiting for prescriptions, authorizations, or a denial of claims leaving you with a very large bill. Insurance also limits your choice in specialized, passionate therapists. Your child deserves limitless opportunities, not only the ones your insurance will permit. You are encouraged to call your insurance company to find out if speech therapy may be reimbursed. You may be able to submit invoices provided to you for partial or full reimbursement.

How long will my child need speech therapy?

Every child is an individual, so a precise answer is impossible to give. Every child responds differently to therapeutic techniques; some respond very quickly and some need more time. Also, duration is dependent on the severity of a speech and language diagnosis. A general estimate may be provided based on diagnosis, however, this is always subject to change based on your child’s response to therapy and how often your child is practicing at home. An open dialogue about duration, frequency, and at-home practice is always welcome and encouraged!

Are you able to talk with my child’s other speech therapist or teacher?

Absolutely! Consultative and collaborative speech therapy services are offered and strongly encouraged to ensure consistency across therapy. A consent to release information must be filled out prior to Your Speech Path, LLC being in contact with another therapist.

Do you see adults?

We are opening our office to adults for orofacial myofunctional disorders. Inquire today!

What is the Good Faith Estimate and how does it pertain to me?

The Good Faith Estimate is a document explaining how much your health care will cost. You have a right to this information.

Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services

You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any health care items or services upon request or when scheduling such items or services. This includes costs related to evaluations, therapy, and additional services such as IEP consultations, therapeutic tools, additional documentation fees, etc.

If you schedule a health care item or service at least three business days in advance, make sure your health care provider or facility gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing within one business day after scheduling. If you schedule a health care item or service at least 10 business days in advance, make sure your health care provider or facility gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing within three business days after scheduling. You can also ask any health care provider or facility for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service. If you do, make sure the health care provider or facility gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing within three business days after you ask.

If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more for any provider or facility than your Good Faith Estimate from that provider or facility, you can dispute the bill.

Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate and the bill.

For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit  www.cms.gov/nosurprises/consumers, email  FederalPPDRQuestions@cms.hhs.gov or call 1- 800-985-3059.


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