FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1. How do I know if my child needs speech or language services?

Please contact our office for a phone consultation and/or to inquire about the services we offer. In order to determine if your child needs services, we will need to complete a comprehensive speech-language assessment.

2. What does an assessment look like?

A speech-language assessment will be completed by one of our skilled speech-language pathologists. Every assessment will be crafted based on your child’s individual needs and areas of concern and typically takes 1-2 hours. During your child’s assessment we will collect a thorough case history, interview caregivers, administer standardized assessments (to obtain your child’s current speech-language levels in comparison to same-aged peers) and criterion referenced measures, complete an oral mechanism exam, and collect language samples during play and conversation observations. At the end of an assessment, your therapist will go over your child’s performance. Your therapist may be able to share assessment results and recommendations with you at the end of the assessment. However, it is typical that your therapist will need time to review the results and information obtained during the assessment before discussion the results and recommendations. Results and recommendations are typically communicated within 1-2 weeks after your assessment.

3. What is the difference between speech disorder and language disorder?

A speech disorder refers to deficits in the area of your child’s articulation, voice, or fluency (stuttering). A language disorder refers to deficits in areas such as your child’s vocabulary, ability to put words together, grammar, and comprehension skills.

4. How long are therapy sessions?

Our therapy sessions are 45 minutes of direct treatment and 10 minutes of parent consultation/training.

5. What does a typical therapy session look like?

Your child’s therapy session will be crafted based on your child’s needs, interests, and overall skill level. Therapy sessions for preschool aged clients are play-based with a mixed clinician-client led approach. This means we use your child’s preferred toys/interests to target his/her goals. Your therapist will develop a flexible therapy routine so that your child will know what is expected each session. Therapy sessions for our school-aged and adolescent clients follow a more structured pattern that often includes a drill-play therapy model and metacognitive techniques.

6. What is a social skills group?

Our social skills groups are designed to address your child’s pragmatic language skills in a group setting with same-aged peers that have similar pragmatic language deficits. We use a variety of therapeutic techniques including role-playing, peer-mediated instruction, metacognitive techniques, and video modeling. Our social groups go on field trips throughout the year to provide opportunities for our groups to practice learned skills in the outside environment.

7. What is the difference between a speech-language pathologist and a speech-language pathologist assistant?

All of our therapists are licensed by the state of California. A speech-language pathologist is a therapist that has obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the field of speech pathology. They are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat all speech-language disorders. All of our speech-language pathologists are credentialed by ASHA (American Speech-Language Hearing Association). A speech-language pathologist assistant is a therapist that has obtained an associates or bachelor’s degree in the field of speech pathology. They are supervised by a speech-language pathologist and allowed to carry out treatment plans developed by a speech-language pathologist. They are not allowed to assess, diagnose, or alter a client’s plan of care.

8. How long will my child be in therapy?

This is the golden question all therapists wish they could answer, but simply cannot. Your child’s treatment timeline is dependent on the severity of their disorder, their response to treatment, caregiver involvement, and implementation of the home program.

9. Can I observe my child's therapy sessions?

We welcome all caregivers to observe and participate in your child’s first few sessions. We do recommend that parents transition out of the therapy room in order to facilitate the best environment for your child to engage directly with his/her therapist. There are some exceptions where we do recommend a caregiver be present during all sessions. We do not record or use two-way mirrors in our facility.