Deciding your child needs to see a speech-language pathologist is not an easy one. Early intervention is in the best interest of your little one. It can make all the difference for a successful future. But as a parent or caregiver, you probably have some questions and curious about what to expect. 

What Is A Speech-Language Therapist? 

A speech language therapist work with children and adults with communication issues, have trouble speaking clearly, cognitive and social communication, as well as swallowing disorders.  

What Should You Expect From A Speech-Language Therapist? 

First things first, make sure your therapist has the proper credentials.

Check to see how long they have been in practice and what kinds of licensing and certifications they have earned. Ask about their experience and what approach they take to speech therapy. 

Here at First Words Therapy, all of our team members have a minimum of a Master’s level of education in the field of speech pathology. Out therapists also hold a department of health license, as well as national certification in the field of speech pathology. All of our therapists have also been fingerprinted and have received Level II background screening clearance.

Will Insurance Cover The Therapy?

While it depends on the individual plan and benefits, most insurances cover some type of speech therapy. Either fully or with some limitations. 

First Words Therapy accepts several Commercial insurance plans, as well as Medicaid. We work diligently with insurance companies to help get full or partial coverage for a patient’s services.

What Are The Goals?

With careful evaluation, the therapist will understand the need of the patient. Ask about the goals and how they will be reached, including techniques and practice methods. 

At First Words Speech Therapy, we have developed a holistic approach to the therapy process wherein your child’s care can be coordinated with other therapy disciplines (Occupational, Physical, Behavioral, etc.) to attain optimal results in all necessary developmental areas.