Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is speech therapy?
Speech therapy is a specialized form of therapy that focuses on evaluating, diagnosing, and treating communication and swallowing disorders. It aims to improve a person's ability to speak, understand, and interact effectively with others. Speech therapy can address a wide range of conditions, including aphasia, apraxia, dysphagia, and cognitive-communication disorders.
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2. Who can benefit from speech therapy?
Speech therapy is beneficial for individuals of all ages who are facing communication challenges. It can benefit those with speech sound disorders, language delays or disorders, fluency disorders (stuttering), voice disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, and swallowing disorders. Common populations that benefit from speech therapy include individuals who have had strokes, brain injuries, neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's, and other conditions affecting speech and language abilities.
3. How long does speech therapy last?
The duration of speech therapy varies depending on several factors, including the individual's condition, severity of the communication or swallowing disorder, and the goals of therapy. Some individuals may require short-term therapy lasting a few weeks, while others may need longer-term therapy spanning several months or even years. The speech therapist will assess your needs and establish an individualized treatment plan with a recommended frequency and duration of therapy sessions.
4. How often should I attend speech therapy sessions?
The frequency of speech therapy sessions will depend on the nature and severity of your condition, as well as your availability and goals. In some cases, therapy sessions may be recommended once or twice a week, while others may require more frequent sessions. Your speech therapist will assess your needs and work with you to establish a suitable schedule that maximizes the benefits of therapy.
5. How long does each speech therapy session last?
30-45 Minutes for our traditional sessions
Intensive Aphasia Programs can last up to 4 hours each day
6. Will I need to practice exercises or activities at home?
Practicing exercises or activities at home is often a vital component of speech therapy. Your speech therapist may provide you with specific exercises, strategies, or materials to practice between therapy sessions. Consistency and regular practice outside of therapy can greatly enhance progress and maximize the benefits of treatment.
7. Will insurance cover speech therapy services?
We accept Traditional Medicare. For all others, we only accept private pay and insurance coverage for speech therapy services varies depending on your specific insurance plan. It is recommended to contact your insurance provider directly to inquire about the details of your "out of network" speech therapy coverage, and then we can provide you a superbill to seek reimbursement with your insurance.
8. How do I schedule an appointment for speech therapy?
To schedule an appointment for speech therapy at Instrumental SLP, you can reach out to us through our website, contact us via phone, or send us an email. Our friendly staff will assist you in scheduling an appointment that is convenient for you.
9. What should I expect during my first speech therapy session?
During your first speech therapy session, the speech therapist will conduct an initial evaluation to assess your communication or swallowing abilities. This may involve a discussion of your medical history, interviews, standardized assessments, and informal observations. The therapist will use this information to develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals.
10. How can I prepare for my speech therapy session?
To prepare for your speech therapy session, it is helpful to gather any relevant medical reports or assessments you have undergone previously. You can also make a list of questions or concerns you would like to discuss with your speech therapist. Additionally, it can be beneficial to bring any hearing aids, communication devices, or assistive technology you currently use.