What is speech therapy and what does a therapist do?
Many children need help communicating. This could be due to a language or articulation delay or disorder, an illness or accident, or other diagnoses, such as Autism. Speech and language therapy is the therapeutic treatment of speech and language difficulties and disorders. This therapy helps to prevent, diagnose and/or rehabilitate an individual’s speech and language difficulties. Speech-language pathologists also work with individuals with feeding/swallowing disorders or difficulties, social skills difficulties, and oral motor deficits.
Speech-language pathologists are the professionals who identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.
Does my child need speech therapy?
That can be a tough question for any parent or caretaker who is concerned about the speech, language, feeding, or social skills development of their children. To help make this decision, Speech With Sarah will perform a communication assessment to determine how your child's speech, language, social or swallowing skills are developing and which areas your child might need some improvement. We are happy to discuss your concerns over the phone and help you determine if an evaluation and/or therapy should be considered.
How do I get started?
Do you accept insurance?
Yes we do! We are currently in-network with Medicare, Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TriCare, Providence Health - Assurance & Commercial, PacificSource, CareOregon, Moda, Cigna, First Choice Health and Kaiser Permanente (per contract basis).
If Speech With Sarah is not a provider with your insurance, we can help you work with your insurance company to get reimbursed for therapy services. Speech With Sarah also gives discounts for families paying cash.
What documentation do you provide?
After the initial evaluation, you will be provided with an evaluation report. Periodic progress reports will also be provided to families.
What is your cancellation policy?
We know kids get sick and at times you have to cancel last minute! As per our cancellation policy, every client is allowed two cancellations without a 24-hour notice, per year. After that, you will be charged a $50 fee for canceling without a 24 hours notice.
What if my child did not qualify for early intervention or school-based services?
To qualify for services through early intervention/early childhood education or in the public school system, children often have to demonstrate a significant delay in one or more areas of development or academically related skills. We often work with children who are experiencing mild or moderate delays or disorders who still benefit from speech, language, social skills, or feeding therapy even if they do not qualify for an IEP or IFSP.