Frequently Asked Questions
What is Telepractice?
Telepractice (also referred to as teletherapy) is the delivery of services through a video platform (google meets / zoom). It has been proven to be just as effective as traditional face to face services. Telepractice allows for flexibility and convenience, from the comfort of your own home.
What is the difference between speech and language?
Speech is how we say sounds and words. Speech includes articulation, voice, and fluency. Language is described as the words we use and how we use them to share ideas and intentions. Language includes what words mean, how to make new words, how to out them together, and what we should say at different times. (ASHA).
What is pragmatic language?
What is Accent Modification?
Accent modification is an elective service sought by individuals who want to change or modify their speech patterns (ASHA). The goal of accent modification training is to help individuals to speak more effectively so that their ‘speech’ sounds illegible and natural to the listener. In addition, accents are a natural part of spoken languages. No one accent is better than another. It is important to know that accents are NOT a speech or language disorder (ASHA).
How do I know if my child needs a speech and language evaluation?
A comprehensive evaluation may be needed if your child is not meeting, or is slowly meeting, speech and language milestones, is at risk for a speech/language disorder due to the presence of another condition such as Down Syndrome or Autism, or if there is a family history of speech and language disorders.
Do you accept insurance?
At this time, Thoughts to Words is an out-of-network provider. We do not bill insurance companies. It is recommended that you check with your insurance carrier to see if they will cover out-of-network providers for speech and language services. We would be more than happy to provide you with an invoice which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Accent modification is an elective service and is therefore not covered by insurance.
What are your fees?
How many speech and language sessions will my child need?
Can parents be involved during sessions?
Absolutely! We love involving parents in the therapy process and highly encourage it for younger students. It is important for parents to participate in their child’s therapy for success over time. This allows parent to see what the child is working on and to learn the strategies that re used in therapy, which can then carry over into their home environment.