Children's Specialized Hospital Speech Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

The Family Advisory Council at Children’s Specialized Hospital is dedicated to
collaborating with Hospital leadership and staff -- empowering families to
provide valuable input toward improving organizational policies and practices.
The Council has created the information below to assist in
preparing for your visit.
 
Speech Therapy:
Questions Often Asked By Our Families

WHAT IS A SPEECH EVALUATION ALL ABOUT?
Q: Why is my child seeing a Speech/Language Pathologist?
A: Your pediatrician or another health care professional may have referred you to a pediatric
speech/language pathologist to evaluate your child’s ability to talk, understand common words,
follow directions, eat and drink. The speech/language pathologist will work closely with you and
your family to understand your concerns for your child, partner with you to develop goals and a
treatment plan to accomplish those goals.
 
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY VISIT?
Q: What will happen during the evaluation?
A: The speech/language pathologist will obtain information regarding your child’s medical history
and developmental milestones from you and your child. The therapist might do a physical
examination of your child’s mouth, evaluate your child’s ability to talk, speak clearly, express their thoughts, follow directions interact with others and understand things said to him or her. The therapist will use various "tests", to see how your child compares to other children the same age. The therapist will use a computer during the evaluation to document their findings.
 
Q: How long will the evaluation take?
A: Depending on your child’s age, the evaluation may take up to two hours.
 
Q: Will there be time to discuss the findings? If therapy is recommended how long will
my child need services?
A: The speech/language pathologist will discuss the initial evaluation findings with you at the end
of the evaluation. Together with the evaluator you will discuss the diagnosis, areas for improvement,
how long your child will need therapy, the plan of care and therapy goals.
 
Q: What is my role during the evaluation?
A: The therapist will ask you questions regarding your child’s medical history, development and
areas of concern. The therapist will let you know if they need any help during the evaluation.
 
Q: When will I get a report?
A: You should receive a written report within 3 weeks.
 
WHAT CAN I DO TO BEST PREPARE FOR MY VISIT?
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Please bring:
 
-A current photo ID (license)
-Insurance card
-Referral if needed
-Prescription
-School reports
-Prior evaluations
-Name/addresses of individuals you might want the report sent to
-Current list of medications
-Bring any equipment that your child regularly uses such as eyeglasses, hearing aid, etc.
 
**Many parents also find it helpful to bring a list of questions to ask the therapist.
 
Q: What should my child wear?
A: Please have your child wear loose comfortable clothing and a pair of socks.
 
Q: Can I bring my other children?
A: If possible, it is recommended that siblings stay home so that the parent can give their undivided
attention during the evaluation. Understanding that childcare is sometimes difficult, when bringing
siblings, it may be helpful to bring another adult and activities to occupy the siblings during the
evaluation.
 
Will insurance pay for my visits?
Q: What if therapy is recommended, will my insurance pay for it?
A: Medical coverage will vary, but many health insurance plans cover our services. Please
contact your insurance company to verify if your plan offers a benefit for speech therapy services
and if the diagnosis you were given is covered under your policy. Many plans offer a benefit for
speech but often have a medical necessity clause, meaning that some diagnoses are not a covered
benefit if they are not deemed to be medically necessary. If therapy is recommended, our Patient
Access Service will obtain authorization for treatment. Once the treatment is approved, you will
receive a phone call from our scheduling dept to schedule an appointment for treatment. Please
note, there is currently is a wait for after school therapy.
Contact Us
1-888-CHILDREN
1-888-244-5373
Follow us on:  

Sign up for our email list!