If you think your child may have a speech or language delay, a good place to start is with your pediatrician, daycare 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:
Suppose you see a large discrepancy between the developmental milestones and your child’s speech and language development. In that case, scheduling a speech and language evaluation with a speech-language pathologist is a good idea.
Often, 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 any time.
If we feel an evaluation is needed, we will set up a convenient time for you and your child to complete the speech and language evaluation in your home.
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.
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 during our therapy timeline, notify Speak Right Now, LLC immediately, as you are ultimately responsible for full payment if insurance payment is denied.
If you opt to pay in cash, your insurance company will NOT be billed. See our Payment schedule for more details.
Private payments of cash are due at the time of service. Co-pays through insurance companies will be billed monthly. We accept credit cards or cash.
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. They do not need anything but their own body to use an unaided system. These systems include gestures, body language, facial expressions, and sign language. An aided system uses a tool or device, which is either low or high tech. Low tech would include a pen and paper pointing to letters, words, or pictures on a board. High tech would consist of using a computer screen that speaks for a student, 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 therapeutic purposes and to aid in communication.
If not addressed promptly, struggles with communication can have a lifelong effect. As children get older and have communication difficulties, it can be more challenging 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.