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Frequently-asked Questions .

To learn more about my services, scroll down and browse the FAQ.

Find out when to seek help for your child, what to expect from a speech therapy session, and how billing and insurance work.

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Why do some people choose to go with a private speech therapist?

Many times, clients who need speech language services are placed on a waiting list, where they’re told to wait and wait. I keep my waiting list short so clients can get help when they need it. My practice is also a good option for families who want a smaller, more personable place to work on their speech skills.

How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?

One of the best ways to tell if speech therapy might benefit your child is to check out the developmental milestones and red flags. If there’s any reason for concern, it’s a good idea to arrange a free, fifteen-minute consultation to check on how your child is doing.

Should I wait until my child is older?

No. If you have concerns, you should not wait. Research has indicated again and again that early intervention is extremely effective. My youngest clients are just two or three years old.

Often parents may get advice to "wait and see," which is not the best approach to take. If you choose to wait, your child may miss a crucial therapy window (preschool age). Meanwhile, the gap between what your child is doing, and what their peers are doing, may continue to widen.

If you’re concerned about your child, it’s important to get help as soon as possible.

Which disorders do you treat?

Since becoming a Speech Language Pathologist in 2007, I’ve treated hundreds of children with a variety of disorders, including:

• Autism
• Down Syndrome
• Cleft Palate
• Apraxia
• Dysarthria
• Stuttering
• Pre-linguistic behaviors for nonverbal children
• Many more

I’ve also worked with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. If you have questions about a condition not on this list, contact me. If I’m not an expert in your child’s disorder, I’ll do my best to connect you to someone who is.

Can you bill my insurance?

Yes, this clinic bills insurance. I am currently in network for Providence, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, Pacific Source, and accept many other insurance plans. I do not currently bill Oregon Health Plan (OHP). If you are interested in more information, contact me for my intake form. This form gets the process started, and allows me to contact your insurance company to verify benefits. The intake form also gives you a space to describe your needs and concerns, and helps me determine if my expertise is a good fit for your specific goals. If for some reason I cannot accept your insurance, I'll refer you to another clinic who can. If you want to do some of your own research to verify benefits, read on for some helpful hints.

To find out if your insurance covers speech and language services for your child, contact your healthcare provider. The CPT codes we typically bill for are...

• Individual therapy: 92507
• Group therapy: 92508

The most common diagnosis codes are...

• Expressive language disorder: 315.31
• Mixed receptive expressive language disorder: 315.32
• Articulation disorder: 315.39

Make sure to ask your insurer if they require prior authorization. That means your medical provider would need to recommend speech therapy services before you could get coverage.

Can I pay you directly, then get reimbursed by my insurer?

That’s your insurer’s decision. But if they allow it, I do provide itemized receipts (called a Super Bill) that you can use to apply for reimbursement.

Can I pay for services out of pocket?

Yes. As always, payment is due at the time of service.

What’s your process when starting services for a new client?

The best way to start is to contact me for a brief consultation. If needed, we can then schedule either a screening or an evaluation, which will compare what your child is doing to what’s considered typical for someone of his or her age. From there, we’ll be able to tell if services would be appropriate for your child and make a plan together.

What does a speech therapy session look like?

I like to use crafts, games, books, songs and other activities as teaching tools. Speech and language therapy should be fun, and it’s important to me to make sure your child looks forward to his or her next session.

How long is a session?

Typical sessions last 30-45 minutes, depending on your child's needs.