Our services are centered around the parent and child as a unit. Parents are fully informed about the needs of their children and are provided with methodologies to help their child develop communication when outside the therapy setting. In addition, Participation in team meetings and school visits when applicable, are part of each child's program. Speak-2-Me is committed to providing a safe, caring and supportive environment that is individualized to meet the needs of each child and family.
Speak-2-Me is an out-of-network provider. As a result, we do not accept insurance. Payment is expected at the end of each week, at which time we will provide you with a coded invoice, which you may submit to your insurance company for out of network reimbursement. If you plan to submit to insurance for reimbursement, we recommend you find out the following information:
Details of your out-of-network coverage
If your child's specific diagnostic and treatment codes will be eligible for reimbursement
is a there lifetime or per-calendar year limit on coverage for services or specific diagnoses
You are responsible for letting your therapist know the specific documentation that is required.
Our services are available to children who are experiencing challenges in speech, language, social pragmatic skills, and/or feeding/swallowing difficulties.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT:
Speak-2-Me offers both consultations and evaluations.
Consultations gather relevant information regarding your child, including any previous evaluations or assessments. Initial consultations are assessments based on parent meeting, informal observations and clinical opinion, and serve to determine whether further testing and formal evaluation is deemed necessary at that time. In the event that a child has already been through the evaluation process and diagnosed, the consultation serves to determine the best approach to meet the communication needs of your child, and to create an appropriate treatment plan. Upon conclusion of the consult, recommendations are provided, along with verbal discussion, family training and/or counseling.
A consultation is recommended if you are interested in enrolling your child at Speak-2-Me and they have been recently evaluated.
Comprehensive evaluations are conducted when a child has not yet been diagnosed or treated. Evaluations use a combination of standardized testing, parent/caregiver interviews, and informal observation. The process begins with the completion of an intake form, which helps the therapist select appropriate testing materials and provides background information on the child in need of services. The evaluation is then conducted most frequently in the client’s home, but may also take place in the office or school setting. Assessment results will include a verbal discussion along with a written repot highlighting recommendations such as whether therapy is warranted, frequency and length of treatment sessions, and a treatment plan outlining specific goals tailored to the needs of the child.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY:
Speech and/or Language therapy is provided to children ranging from ages 18 months through adolescents, and serves to build speech and language skills through various programs and techniques, homework activities and family education. Therapy can be provided in the home, daycare, or school setting with sessions typically 45 minutes in length, but may be shorter for younger children. To ensure the highest quality of therapy, services are provided on an individual basis and are always accompanied by home practice programs to allow for optimal carry-over and integration of skills learned in each session. Speak-2-Me is devoted to helping children achieve their ultimate goal of effective communication.
WHAT WE TREAT:
Speak-2-Me uses, but is not limited to, techniques and approaches such as: PROMPT, Talk Tools/Rosenfield-Johnson Oral PlacementTherapy (OPT), DIR/Floortime and Myofunctional therapy.
Speak-2-Me offers one-to-one parent training for parents who:
Want extra help and guidance building and developing their child’s speech, language, feeding capabilities
Have children with a lot on their plate and want to learn techniques to work with their child on speech/language goals without child having to attend therapy sessions (this is for children with very mild speech/language issues as deemed by therapist during an initial consult or evaluation)
Do not have specific speech/language/feeding concerns, but want to learn strategies and techniques that foster speech and language development. This will provide parents with the tools necessary to provide a language rich environment in order to facilitate speech and language learning and prevent the need for services later on.
Parent training sessions work with parents/caregivers to:
Derive, discuss and review goals and treatment plans for parents to carry out in the home
Receive and review weekly HW assigments
Learn specific techniques and tools to work on with their child for that week, with a log to keep data on performance. Child performance will be reviewed with therapist next session
Parents, you will be trained on how to:
Identify what motivates your child to interact with you so you’ll know how to get conversations started
Adjust everyday routines and language used throughout the day to help your child engage, take turns and keep interactions going
Follow your child’s lead to build his/her confidence and encourage him/her to communicate
Immerse your child in a language rich environment to encourage and develop language growth and develomemt
Enhance the way you and/or the child's caregiver plays and reads books with your child to facilitate language learning
Modify ways in which you and/or caregiver speaks to your child so that he/she understands and learns new words