Questions & Answers

 Q.  How do I know if my child needs speech, language or feeding services?
 A.  A qualified Speech Language Pathologist will be able to evaluate your child and

determine if your child is delayed in areas of: speech, language, play, cognition and/or

feeding, and develop an appropriate treatment plan for your child.

Q.  When should I start speech therapy?
A.  Now.  We service children as young as newborn.  Birth to Three years of age

is known as the critical period for growth and brain development.  According to UrbanChildInstitute.org synaptic density in the prefrontal cortex 

reaches its peak during the third year 1, 2​.   Maximizing learning during this period of time will lead to greater success long term. 

Q.  When will my child talk?
A.  It may be difficult for a professional to say exactly “when” a child may talk. Talking is a complex cognitive and motor task, which involves many subsystems such as respiration, phonation, and articulation.  However, if it has been determined that your child has a speech or language delay, don’t worry because there are many successfully techniques available!   A Speech Language Pathologist can help your child to become a successful communicator! A speech therapist will often use play, reinforcing toys, verbal modeling, picture cues, gestures and speech and language facilitation techniques to improve the communication skills of your child.  Every child is unique and requires a specialized treatment plan tailored to their specific needs.  We are here to work together with you as a team.

Q.  How long will my child require therapy?
A.  The length of treatment/number of visits can vary greatly between patients and is based on each individual patient, their diagnosis and severity of symptoms.  Speak with your therapist to determine your specific plan of care.  Research has shown that consistent speech and language intervention will lead to positive outcomes in the development of speech and language skills. 

Q.  When can I go for more information?
A.  Please take a look at our RESOURCES section for further information.

Q. What is an evaluation?
A. An evaluation is the initial assessment that takes place prior to starting any treatment. Evaluations typically consist of formal testing, informal play-based assessments and interview. The formal testing will yield numeric results; while the informal play-based assessments allow the clinician to obtain pertinent clinical observations based on your child’s behaviors and skills as demonstrated during play. The purpose of the evaluation is to determine your child’s strength and weaknesses for a given skill in order to generate an individualized plan of care. It will also serve as baseline information to identify improvements and track progress.

Q. Does insurance pay for speech evaluations and/or speech therapy?
A. Insurance coverage for any given speech service is dependent upon the individual’s particular plan and benefits. Please refer to our ACCEPTED INSURANCE section for further information.

Q. What happens during a typical speech therapy session?
A. During a given session, the therapist will engage with your child in structured and unstructured tasks in order to address the goals delineated within their plan of care. Therapy activities are planned by the therapists in such a way that allows them to take on a consistent basis, guiding their clinical decision making as your child progresses. Parents are consulted after sessions and are given carryover activities to assist with progress at home throughout the week.

Q. Do you offer occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), and behavioral therapy (ABA)?
A. Although our team at Core Communication Center consists of Speech Language Pathologists, we routinely collaborate with other professionals (OT/PT/ABA) to help meet your child’s overall needs. As such, we are able to put you in contact with our trusted partners to help build your child’s therapy team.

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1. Kagan J, Herschkowitz N, Herschkowitz E. A Young Mind in a Growing Brain. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates; 2005.

2. Kurjak A, Pooh RK, Merce LT, et al. Structural and functional early human development assessed by three-dimensional and four-dimensional sonography. Fertility and Sterility. 2005;84(5):1285-1299.


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