How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?
There are many different reasons why a child may need speech therapy. First and foremost, Trust Your Gut!! A parent knows their child best. If you have any concerns I encourage you to seek out the guidance of a speech pathologist.
Your child may need speech therapy if he or she…
- has not begun to say words by 12 months
- does not seem to understand questions or directions
- has speech that is difficult to understand
- has a diagnosis of autism or other developmental delays
- does not seem interested in developmentally appropriate play with toys
- has difficulty interacting socially with peers
- cannot express themselves using sentences similar to peers
- has a hearing loss
How long will my child need speech therapy?
This is likely the most common question that I am asked by families. While I wish I was able to provide a concrete answer, the reality is that there are too many factors to consider. Every child is different and at Fox Speech Services we tailor our services to the individual. Some factors that impact the rate at which your child will progress through therapy include, but are not limited to:
- Rapport with the therapist- While some kiddos warm up very quickly, others may take several sessions to feel comfortable. Once the therapist and child have established a positive and trusting relationship, therapy sessions are much more impactful.
- Behavior- A child’s behavior can greatly influence the rate of progress. While behavior is a means of communication, sometimes behavior challenges need to be addressed before we can work on therapy goals.
- Family Involvement and Carryover – At Fox Speech Services we are huge advocates of family involvement during therapy sessions. The more the family is involved, and the greater the carryover is in the home environment, the more successful your child will be in achieving their goals.
- No two kids are the same- Therefore, even two children working on very similar goals will progress at different rates. One week your child will make huge strides and the next week we may see little progress. This is to be expected and is a natural part of the process.
What should my child be able to say (expressive language) and understand (receptive language)?
Children differ vary in their development of language. There is, however, a natural progression or “timetable” for mastery of skills. The milestones below are identifiable skills that can serve as a guide to normal development.
How do I know what speech sounds my child should be able to say?
Different sounds develop at different ages. If your child is not able to produce certain sounds (articulation disorder) by a specific age they may need speech therapy.
It is also important to consider your child’s overall speech intelligibility (the percentage of your child’s speech that a listener can understand).
Where are therapy services provided?
At Fox Speech Services we are committed to providing therapy services in the environment that works best for your child and family. We see clients in our private clinic, but when deemed more beneficial for your little one, are available to provide services in-home or in-school.
Will my insurance cover speech therapy?
Fox Speech Services is an out-of-network provider. Although we do not bill insurance companies directly, we will provide you with a superbill at the end of every month to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. It is recommended that you contact your insurance company prior to beginning services in order to inquire about what services are covered. We are happy to help you in this process.