Information about Speech Therapists and
What is a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist?
A Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist is a
to evaluate and treat children with communicative
These disorders may include difficulties with
speech, receptive language,
expressive language or phonemic awareness
disorders that impact a child's overall
ability to communicate effectively.
What training is required for a Speech
At COLLABORATIVE FUNCTION, a Speech-Language
Pathologist must have a
Master's Degree in Communicative
a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP),
by The American-Speech-Language-Hearing
Association (ASHA) and licensure
by the state of Florida.
How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?
If you suspect that your child may be
experiencing difficulty with some
aspect of his/her communicative abilities, or if a
teacher has referred
your child for a speech screen, call our office in
downtown Orlando to schedule
a screening. A speech screen is a quick,
inexpensive procedure that will determine
whether there is a need for any further
What is a speech screen?
A speech screen is short procedure done with
children between two and six
years old, to determine whether the child needs to
have a full evaluation. To
the child,the screen may seem like a pleasant chat
with a fun adult, but the speech
therapist is actually taking measurements of
specific communication skills.
At the end of the screen, the
therapist will consult with you about the
results. If the results of the screen suggest that
further evaluation is recommended,
you will be advised to consult with your
pediatrician. Your pediatrician can then give
you a prescription to have a full evaluation
administered by the therapist.
Why do I need to consult a pediatrician?
It is possible that there may be underlying
physiological issues associated
with a child's communication delays. The
pediatrician can confirm or rule
any of these other causes and give you a
prescription for a full speech evaluation
and any other treatments that are necessary.
What is a speech evaluation?
A full speech evaluation is considerably more
thorough than a screen. In addition to
measuring a child's communication skills, the
evaluation includes a set of communication
skills that the child should obtain and a specific
therapy plan of care to achieve those skills.
What does the speech therapist do during the
therapy sessions with my child?
While it may look to the parent that the child is
recieving a tutoring session, the speech
pathologist is trained to use a variety methods
and strategies to help the
child achieve the specific goals set out in the
speech evaluation's plan of care. The therapist
also trains the parent on techniques to help the
child at home.
How often and how long does a child meet with the
The amount time a child spends with a therapist
is determined by what is necessary to
achieve to goals set forth in the speech
evaluation. The child needs to have an evaluation
to answer this question accurately
How much do you charge?
There are different charges for different
procedures. Please note that, in most cases, the
speech therapy services is covered by insurance.
Please call our office for details specific to
Do you accept insurance?
Collaborative Function is a provider for several
insurance organizations, including
Medicaid. In most cases Collaborative Function is
able to bill your insurance directly. However,
as our provider list changes from time to time, we
ask that you call our office for the most current
provider list. We would be happy to check your
child's eligibility under your plan for you.