P.O. Box 11, Circle Pines, MN 55014, us
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(612) 308-6132

Helping kids & teens speak for themselves. Speech language therapy

Should I be concerned about my child's speech or language?

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.
Expected speech/language milestones:

  • click here for birth to 5
  • click here for for elementary ages 


If you are seeing a large discrepancy between the developmental milestones and your child’s speech and language development, it’s a good idea to schedule a speech and language evaluation with a speech-language pathologist.


Often times, parents suspect a potential problem or have concerns about their child’s development but may be told by others to “wait and see.” Parents are an invaluable part of the therapy team; if you have concerns and questions, do not hesitate to get them answered by calling for a consultation. We are here to help at anytime. 


If we feel an evaluation is needed, we will set up a time that is convenient for you and your child to complete the speech and language evaluation in your home.


Can my child receive private therapy if they are already being seen through Early Intervention or a school setting?

Yes, additional private therapy can be very beneficial to children/teens.  At Speak Right Now, LLC we have many connections with school based therapists and encourage communication between sites to increase progress of your child/teen.

How do I pay for services:

Insurance

For your convenience, we will submit your claims to the insurance company. A current copy of your insurance card is essential to maintain timely and accurate communication with the insurance company about your claims. If your insurance changes at any time during our therapy timeline, notify Speak Right Now, LLC immediately as you are  ultimately responsible for full payment if insurance payment is denied.


Cash/Private pay:

 If you opt to pay in cash, your insurance company will NOT be billed. See our Payment schedule for more details.  


Payment:

Private payments of cash are due at the time of service. Co-pays through insurance companies will be billed monthly. We accept credit card or cash.

What is AAC?

 Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to a means of communication to facilitate natural speech using an aid to replace natural speech or writing. There are two types of AAC which are unaided or aided systems. A person may use one or both types to communicate.  A person does not need anything but his/her own body to use and unaided system.  These systems include gestures, body language, facial expressions, and sign language.  An aided system uses some sort of tool or device, which is either low or high tech.  Low tech would include a pen, paper, pointing to letters, words or pictures on a board.  High tech would include using a computer screen that speaks for a student, which is referred to as a speech-generating device (SGD).


Assistive technology is a term that includes assistive, adaptive, alternative and rehabilitative devices and materials for people with disabilities. At Speak Right Now, LLC we routinely use assistive technology for specific therapy purposes and to aid in communication. 

Why Is Speech Therapy So Important?

If not addressed in a timely manner, struggles with communication can have a lifelong effect. As children get older and have a communication difficulty, it can be more difficult for them to make friends or be successful in school. If the problems persist into adulthood there can be many after effects— socially, academically and professionally. Adults with communication issues may find themselves struggling in their work and personal lives. Early intervention is key to success at any age.