Where do I go for therapy?
All of my sessions are located in the comfort and convenience of your own home. Once I’ve established rapport with your child in their home environment we can discuss alternative options such as meeting somewhere in the community for an outing or a friend or family member’s house. Occasionally, I will visit your child’s school to collaborate with teachers/aids to facilitate carryover of strategies.
How does pricing work?
Unfortunately I do not accept insurance at this time. I do provide a superbill that you are able to provide to your insurance company for out of network reimbursement. Depending on the coverage of your specific plan, you may be able to receive partial or full reimbursement of my services. I work with parents as best I can to ensure they receive maximum reimbursement from their insurance providers.
How intensive are your services?
The level of services is highly dependent on your child and their ability to sustain attention and motivation. Typical sessions last approximately 60 minutes and can be scheduled 1 to 2 times per week. For children who might benefit from more intensive services, I will often customize a unique program that increases session length and frequency of services for a period of time in order to achieve more rapid progress.
Do you work with challenging behaviors?
Yes. I specialize in working with children who have difficult behaviors and I often incorporate techniques such as principles of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) into my therapy to achieve a high level of compliance with children with difficult behaviors. I will frequently schedule my sessions to overlap with ABA teams so that there is consistency across caregivers to ensure we are all utilizing the same behavior modification strategies.
Can my child meet you before we begin services?
Of course! I understand that choosing the right provider is a very delicate process. With this in mind, I always offer an initial consultation (free of charge) where I come to your home and meet your child. If it seems like a good fit for both of us then we can discuss the scheduling of services.
Can you set up an iPad for my child to use to communicate?
Absolutely. Children today are very motivated by technology. I often see children who have reached a plateau with PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and/or sign language. When a speech-generating device is introduced, children’s communication skills quickly progress and challenging behaviors often decrease in severity and frequency. Once I determine if your child is a good candidate for a device, we can discuss the various apps available for download and I can begin programming the device for your child.
How does telepractice work?
I’ll be the first to admit that I was the biggest skeptic of telepractice. Once I began providing services via videoconferencing, however, I realized what a valuable tool it could be in my clinical practice. I utilize telepractice as a supplemental therapy for children I see who need additional supports or check-ins beyond our weekly therapy sessions.
How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?
In addition to providing ongoing treatment, I also provide parent consultations to discuss concerns that you might be having about your child’s communication. I typically set up a videoconference appointment where I am able to talk with you and also observe your child. Parents may find it helpful to send video clips if their child is not able or willing to participate at the time of the consultation. This service is a fast and inexpensive way to determine whether or not a full speech/language evaluation is warranted. For more information on whether your child is meeting developmental milestones, click here.