How to Start Speech Therapy in 5 Easy Steps describes how to begin speech therapy at a private practice clinic, like mine. I walk you through the process from the first phone call to our first appointment together.
How to Start Speech Therapy
Starting speech therapy can be a confusing process. There are a variety of steps, and insurance often adds another layer of complexity.
At what point do you call the clinic?
When do you do the intake paperwork?
How important is your insurance in the early steps?
What needs to happen before your first appointment?
Between insurance, referrals, types of clinics, and specialties – the process can seem complex and confusing. That is because the process is complex and confusing!
To simplify things, I created an infographic to outline the steps to begin speech therapy at my clinic. This visual aid starts at that first phone call, and takes you to our first appointment together. By the end of this post, you’ll be able to understand the process of starting speech therapy at my clinic.
Unfortunately, I can’t fast forward the process for you (oh, if I could!). Although the process involves quite a few steps, it doesn’t have to be confusing. Once you know what to expect, the process seems much easier!
How To Begin Speech Therapy in 5 Easy Steps
Let’s Begin Speech Therapy – A Conclusion
There are many ways to do the intake process. This blog post outlines mine. I hope this post has given you some ideas of what to expect as you start speech therapy.
In some clinics, you may do the intake documents during your first session. In other clinics, you may do the intake documents before any of the other steps.
Even so, this is the process I usually use for new clients. By understanding what to expect, you can make sure you understand what will happen next. You’ll have your eye on the prize (that first appointment), and clarity about your next step.
I wish you all the best as you work towards that first speech therapy appointment!
I hope this article gave you some clarity as you start speech therapy. My clinic serves the Rogue Valley, Oregon area (Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford). If you are looking for an SLP, you can check out my FAQ to read about insurance plans I accept and contact me. Let’s make your intake process as smooth as possible!