Answers to common questions
Speech and language therapy is the evaluation and treatment of deficiencies in a child’s ability to communicate. These challenges may be seen in both oral and/or written language. The need for therapy is determined by a speech-language pathologist after an evaluation of the child’s current communication strengths and weaknesses.
Every parent wants the best for our children. But we may have concerns whether our children are growing and developing the way they should be. All children develop differently and some may need a little help. We offer extensive services, resources and professionals who can help your child.
If you suspect that your child may have a speech or language concern, a speech-language initial assessment or evaluation may be warranted. If you have any questions, please Contact Us and we can discuss your concerns and assist with deciding what would be appropriate.
No, you do not need to come early to an appointment to complete paperwork. You may download and copy new patient forms from our forms link on the website to bring with you or you may complete paperwork during your initial scheduled visit.
Following the initial evaluation, recommendations will be made regarding frequency and length of therapy sessions.
Duration of therapy depends on the diagnosis and patient dedication to following carryover instructions. An estimated length of therapy can be made following the initial evaluation.
We accept cash, check, and credit card payments and can provide receipts for your insurance reimbursement needs. All of our reports are coded for insurance. Additionally, we are an approved vendor for Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).
Language is different from speech. It is made up of socially shared rules that include the following:
- vocabulary used and understood
- sentence length and complexity
- word and sentence structures that can be understood and used
- knowledge of concepts (e.g., on/off, fast/slow, same/different, etc.)
- ability to understand and follow age-level directions
- ability to answer age-appropriate questions
- the sequential accuracy of what is said
- social relevance and situational appropriateness and content of what is said
- understanding and use of non-verbal cues used such as eye gaze,
- gestures, and body language
Speech is the verbal means of communicating. Speech consists of the following:
- how the sounds in spoken words are pronounced and clarity of speech
- how easily others understand the words spoken
- how easily or fluently a person speaks
- whether the rate and timing sound like adult speech and includes the quality of the voice used in speaking
- a person’s volume (too loud or soft), tone (too low or high), vocal quality (hoarse, harsh, strained/strangled), or resonance (does it sound like they are talking through their nose?)
At Mariposa, our therapy is geared toward improving a child’s speech, language, and communication across settings. Therapy in a school environment is limited to your child’s educational needs. Schools assist students that qualify at a disability level and are unable to service students at a delay level. School based speech therapy is typically provided in small groups and for limited time intervals. Speech therapy in a clinic allows flexibility for frequency and duration to promote dramatic treatment outcomes. We encourage communication with your child’s school therapist for consistency in treatment and collaboration across settings.
Caregivers are critical for therapeutic progress. As your child is only in therapy a limited amount of time per week, generalizing learned skills outside of the clinic is essential. The course of treatment is improved by consistent attendance, caregiver training opportunities, and generalization of learned skills across natural environments like your home and at school.
TUNE IN, TAKE TURNS AND TALK MORE! Make speech and language part of everyday experiences in a fun and natural way. Set time aside daily to play with your child, talk about what you and he/she are doing, and try to read to him/her daily. If possible find opportunities for him/her to socialize with other children.