Getting Started

Getting started

During the initial visit, an evaluation session may take place that will include paperwork, parent interview, and standardized testing. Evaluations typically last around two hours.  Following the evaluation, tests will be scored and a written assessment report including goals to be targeted during therapy sessions will be provided. Parents are encouraged to discuss goals/objectives for therapy so that they can be tailored to the family’s needs.   Recommendations will be made regarding the length and frequency of services. Therapy sessions are typically 30 to 60 minutes in length once or twice weekly. The length and frequency of therapy often depends on the child’s age and attention span as well as the needs of the family. Five to ten minutes following each session is dedicated to family consultation on treatment techniques and carry over activities that may be utilized at home.

Call for a Free Screening & Consultation appointment.

First Appointment Checklist

  • What to Bring:
    • Prescription or written referral from your child’s doctor (needed for both medicaid and private insurance)
    • Current Evaluation: If you have any evaluations from an outside source within the last 6-12 months such as the school system, Infants & Toddlers, Easter Seals, or another speech therapist
  • What will be discussed:
    • Client intake survey
    • HIPAA Privacy Policy Acknowledgement Form
    • Authorization for Release of Information
    • Consent for Treatment

Payment

*No fees are collected for clients with Maryland Medicaid.

For families wishing to seek private insurance reimbursement, fees can be paid by cash, check, or credit card.  Some individuals may be reimbursed by their insurance company for the services at Salisbury Speech Therapy, but it is the insurance-holder’s responsibility to seek reimbursement. Clients with private insurance will pay for the speech therapy prior to each session.  Should you insurance carrier cover the services, detailed invoices with treatment and services codes will be provided to make the process as simple as mailing the form to your insurance company!

However, it is important that you ask the right questions prior to seeking reimbursable services.

When speaking with your insurance agent, try to get specific answers to the following:

1. My child is ____old. Does our policy cover his speech services?
2. What conditions will insurance specifically cover?
3. What ICD-10 (diagnosis) codes and CPT (treatment) codes are covered for reimbursement?
4. Do I need to obtain a prescription for therapy services?
5. Do I need to obtain pre-certification for speech therapy services?
6. Are there any conditions specifically excluded?
7. How many sessions will insurance cover? Is there a time limit?
8. Do I have a deductible or co-pay?
9. Do I need to schedule all of the visits by a certain date?
10. Does insurance cover out of network therapy services?
11. How do I get reimbursed for out of pocket therapy expenses?
12. What paperwork do I need to provide the insurance company with?

You may also click the “Resources” tab of this website and scroll down to the document titled

“Speech-Language Therapy and Insurance Coverage”

  Client Information Form
HIPAA Privacy Acknowledgement Form

 

HIPAA Privacy Notice


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certified Member

Is your child meeting developmental milestones for their age?

Are you concerned about your child's speech and language development?

Is it difficult to understand your child’s speech?

Does your child have difficulty socializing and playing with other children?

​Are you concerned about your toddler's limited use of words or gestures?

Is your child having issues with kindergarten readiness skills, pre-literacy skills or letter/sound recognition?


Has a loved one suffered from stroke, traumatic brain injury, or degenerative disease that affected his/her cognitive functioning and/or communication?

 

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