Why choose Graham Speech Therapy?
Unlike most SLPs, Amy specializes specifically in the assessment and treatment of speech sound disorders among children. Here at Graham Speech Therapy intervention is research driven and outcome-focused. We work in close partnership with families, keeping an open dialogue and striving to achieve you and your child's goals together. Home practice activities are provided to support carryover and quicker progress when appropriate. We value the relationships with our families and truly love what we do! We look forward to working with you!
Why don't you accept insurance?
If you have ever dealt with an insurance company, you know it can be a battle. In order to accept insurance, it would require us to hire a full time employee to spend countless hours billing and dealing with insurance companies. All too often, only a small percentage of the amount billed is ever reimbursed, if at all. We have chosen, instead, to devote time and resources to providing service that will benefit clients more directly, such as providing and purchasing individualized therapy materials and catering to your child's specific needs, without worrying about it being "covered".
We DO accept cash, checks, ALL credit cards, and health savings account cards (HSA).
How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?
If you think your child may have a speech or language delay, a good place to start is with your pediatrician, day care provider, or teacher. They can be very good at gauging your child's speech/language skills based on what other children of the same age are doing. All kids develop differently and excel in different areas.
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What can I expect at the evaluation?
An evaluation can last from about 30 minutes to 1 1/2 hours, depending upon the areas being assessed, and allows the Speech Language Pathologist the opportunity to evaluate speech and language skills through standardized tests, observation, history information and parent report. Referrals to other professionals may be made if, during the evaluation, it is found that your child is having difficulties in areas that are outside the scope of practice for the SLP, including an Audiologist, ENT, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, or Orthodontist, etc.
Following the evaluation you will receive a brief verbal summary of the findings. If therapy is warranted, the written evaluation report will be reviewed with you at the first therapy appointment. If it is found that your child has attained age appropriate speech and language skills, there will be no further appointments and you will receive a written report in the mail.
How long and how frequent are therapy visits?
Therapy is always tailored to the unique needs of the individual. We typically recommend 30-minute or 45-minute sessions. Depending on the type and severity of deficits, therapy is recommended at 1x, 2x, or 3x per week. The scope and duration of therapy will be discussed in consultation with the SLP during the initial visit.
Is there any paperwork I should fill out prior to my first visit?
Yes! Please print and fill out the appropriate Case History Form and Policies & Procedures, found on the New Patients tab. This gives us the background information pertinent to speech/language development. Filling this paperwork out prior to the evaluation saves time and is greatly appreciated.