Frequently Asked Questions - Speech




       
       


Information about Speech Therapists and Speech-Language Pathology.


What is a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist?
A Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist is a person trained
to evaluate and treat children with communicative disorders.
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 Pathologist?
At COLLABORATIVE FUNCTION, a Speech-Language Pathologist must have a
Master's Degree in Communicative Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology,
a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP), national certification
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 evaluation.


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 speech therapist?
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 in order
to answer this question accurately


How much do you charge?
There are different charges for different procedures. Please note that, in most cases, the fee for
speech therapy services is covered by insurance. Please call our office for details specific to your situation.


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.